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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

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"Lord, are there few that be saved?" 

 
Luke 13:23

  The Bible, which is the Word of God, is a book about salvation: These holy Scriptures explain the gospel or good news that "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." The Bible explains God's creation of the world, man's disobedience against God, God's judgment against man for disobedience, and God's promises to raise up a Savior to deliver sinful man from the curse of his disobedience. It also records the fulfillment of God's promises in the sending of His Son from heaven to become a man to be a substitute for sinners, to obey the divine law perfectly and yet to endure the punishment due to sinners for their sins. By His flawless obedience He is qualified to be a spotless sacrifice, to be the substitutionary victim for their sins, as well as to earn them an open door to the kingdom of God from which they were previously barred. When He came into the world, it was declared that His name would be called Jesus, "for He shall save His people from their sins." "Jesus" is the Greek rendition of the Hebrew name "Joshua" which means "savior". God raised Jesus from the dead to show His pleasure and acceptance of His sacrifice and seated Him at His right hand in heaven. Before Jesus ascended He sent His apostles into all the nations of the world to proclaim that whoever trusted in the Savior's sacrifice and righteousness would "not perish but have everlasting life." But this message is seldom met with joy and gladness. Such words as save, saved, salvation, and Savior imply danger and judgment (hell, everlasting punishment, unquenchable fire, weeping and wailing). In turn the danger of judgment implies human sin, rejection of God's authority and commandments, depravity, and guilt. Sinners do not want to hear of the evil of their sins and of God's wrath. The good news of the gospel of God's love and salvation receives little acceptance. Hence the question Jesus was asked: "Lord, are there few that can be saved?" Then we read His response: "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able."


 

   

   

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