07/19/Su – Enter the Narrow Door

Joshua 2:1-24; Luke 13:22-35; Psalms 79:9-13; Proverbs 19:18-19

NT: ““Lord,” someone asked him, “are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won’t be able once the homeowner gets up and shuts the door. Then you will stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up for us! ’ He will answer you, ‘I don’t know you or where you’re from.’ Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will say, ‘I tell you, I don’t know you or where you’re from. Get away from me, all you evildoers!’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in that place, when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves thrown out. They will come from east and west, from north and south, to share the banquet in the kingdom of God.”” (‭‭Luke‬ ‭13:23-29‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

Someone asked Jesus a theological question about the amount of people who would end up being saved. Instead of answering his question, Jesus basically responded by telling him the question he should be asking is, “Am I saved.” Jesus said to make every effort – endeavor with zeal and contend with adversaries and adversities – to enter the narrow door. Right now, the door is open, but eventually will close. Again, Jesus brings up the truth that the Father’s longsuffering will eventually come to an end and the open door to salvation will one day close shut. Instead of delaying, we need to make every effort to enter while it is open. Just being around religious people or identifying as a religious person isn’t enough – it isn’t fully entering. It’s just hanging around the threshold, just outside the door. Jesus said there will be many who delay or resist fully entering, and when the door does finally close, they will stand outside pounding on the door to no avail, while those inside enjoy the blessings of their endeavors.

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