A reader made comment on the article “Are we all headed for the same place?” by Ron Boatwright.
One concern of the responder was how many souls will be saved. He writes, “Only a few” Only a few people….how many?
Let me assure you that I am not in the place of God and I do not know the exact number who will be saved. However, as a Christian and a preacher of the gospel, I am duty bound to “preach the word” (1 Tim. 4:2). Please consider the following scriptures:
(Col. 3:17) – “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
Whatever we do must be done “in the name of the Lord” which means by his authority.
(1 Cor. 4:6) – “Now these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes; that in us ye might learn not to go beyond the things which are written; that no one of you be puffed up for the one against the other.”
We must not go beyond what is revealed.
Now, what does the New Testament teach concerning how many will be lost in comparison to how many will be saved?
(Mt. 7:13-14) “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Emphasis added)
What do you think this passage teaches? It is too plain to misunderstand.
The following is from tftw.org – Q & A
“It is true that not all will enter eternal life! Jesus tells us in Matthew
7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in that way. Because narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
In Matthew 7:21-23, He tells us that even some religious people will not enter eternal life, because the religious things they do are not done according to the Will of God! Then in verses twenty-four and twenty-five, He tells us who will enter eternal life! They are the ones who hear the sayings of Jesus and do them! Jesus says these people are wise! He also says, in verse twenty-six, that people who do not do what He says are foolish! Jesus’ sayings (His words) are only in His New Testament, and in it are all things that pertain unto life and godliness (II Peter 1:3). These are the words by which all of us will one day be judged (John 12:48).”
My name is Leon Brashear and I preach for the Braggs church of Christ in Braggs, OK. The original article under consideration was written by Ron Boatwright but I put it on our website. Please consider the following links for more information on this topic.