"And someone said to him, 'Lord, will those who are saved be few?'" Luke 13:23
As Jesus made his way to Jerusalem, a question was raised - “will those who are saved be few?” Jesus does not describe the number of saved as few. He stressed the point about the Jewish national situation with a picture of a narrow door soon-shut. The Pharisees and many others in the nation held trust in their biological relationship with their Old Testament forefathers (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). They believed they would share in the blessings of the kingdom after the resurrection. Jesus’ teaching on the other hand made clear that there will be a distinction with Israel and that heritage and genetic origin are not enough for election.
The question has contemporary similarities. Researchers like Barna and Pew have noted a significant number of respondents claiming an evangelical faith. If true, why the seeming lack of evidence of that faith? Is it possible that many who claim salvation have their trust on an assumption and not a response to the message of the Gospel? I personally have heard many say something similar – “I grew up in the church.” Well, if I was raised in a garage that doesn’t make me a car so neither does being raised in the church make one a Christian.
Christ taught that many who thought they were inside will find themselves outside, vv.24-27. He exhorts strive hard to enter through the narrow door. The striving hard is intent listening and responding to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. … the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
"He who has ears, let him hear." Matthew 13:43
--E.C. Malone 10/25/2015