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"Seek to Enter In" (posted June 15, 2019)
Then one said to Him, "Lord, are there few who are saved?"
And He said to them, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able."
- Luke 13:23-24
Jesus never satisfies inquisitive minds. The question is not answered--and instead, the questioner is forced to examine himself. It is not a matter of how many, but of how you can be saved! Jesus now goes on to explain the way of salvation.
First, there are those who seek to enter in and yet are not able to do so. Why not? Because they seek to enter in by some other way. Whether this other way be baptism, prayer, fasting, keeping the law, church membership or whatever else it be, Acts 4:12 proves it an impossible way by which to be saved: "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Jesus Himself says that men must strive and hasten to enter in at the strait, or narrow, gate-- Himself-- before the opportunity passes, which is here stated as the master rising to shut the door. No one who comes to Jesus, emptied of himself and truly repentant, will find a closed door. Only those refusing to come by the God-appointed way will blame themselves thoughout etermnit, regretting their refusal as they weep and gnash their teeth forever.