Questions from the New Testament Who Can or Will be Saved? – (Part 6 in a series) Luke 13:23-30
Today we will begin to look at a third question from the New Testament. The question that we find today in Luke 13:23-30 is “Who can or will be saved?” This question belongs to a group of three questions found in the New Testament which have to do with salvation: “Who then can be saved?” (Matthew 19:25); “Are only a few people going to be saved?” (Luke 13:23); “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). You may have found yourself or have heard someone else asking the second of these questions, which forms what we will look at today.
Jesus gave a solemn answer to this question (Luke 13:23-30). His immediate answer to the question, “Are only a few people going to be saved?” was to say that “Many…will not be able” to be saved (verse 24). Does this mean that only a few will be saved?
We see many scriptures that give us answers to this question, but I will only give you a couple of them. Jesus says in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” We also see where Jesus says, “many are called, but few are chosen” in Matthew 22:14.
The first answer to the question “Who can or will be saved?”is we see it is clear that everyone can be saved. The Bible teaches this in 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
God has provided salvation and He offers this to all who will come to Him in repentance and faith and accept His salvation. When the Lord Jesus died on the cross, He died to make salvation available to all (Isaiah 53:6); therefore, it is very clear that everyone can be saved!
A second answer to the question today is that all will not be saved. Again, this is clear in the Word of God. The opposite of this is what is known as universalism (the idea that everyone will eventually be saved). The Bible does not teach this doctrine.
We see that everyone will not be saved in many places in Scripture. Luke 13:24, “will not be able;” verse 25, “Sir, open the door for us;” verse 27, “I don’t know you;” and verse 28, “weeping…” These scriptures make it very clear that all will not be saved. Matthew 13:29, “But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.” In John 3:18, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” And in John 3:36, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
As we look at this question over the next couple weeks; it is clear that everyone is able to be saved, but not everyone will be saved because they chose not to.
We would love to share with you in person and help you work through this question. If you would like to get a more detailed answer or to take the next step in your commitment to the Lord, we would love to help you with that. If you are looking for a church home that can help you grow in that relationship, then FBC Timpson would love to be that church. Come and join our services for Sunday School at 9:30am and the worship service at 10:45am. We have all the precautions in place to keep everyone safe. Would you consider coming and being a part of what God is doing at FBC? If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us through Facebook, E-mail, or phone. Our physical address is 715 N. 2nd St. Timpson, TX 75975. Our E-mail is FirstBCTimpson@yahoo.com and our phone number is 936.254.2220.
W. Dee Daniel, Pastor