How many people will be saved? Will everyone be saved? Most people? Some? While Jesus never gives us a specific number, He does tell us that there are many people who think that they will be saved but will not be able. We are only able to enter into salvation through the narrow door. Many try to enter in through other ways, but will soon find that they are on the outside looking in. Listen from Luke 13:22-30 to hear Jesus answer the question, “Are there just a few who are being saved?”
God will not forget one word, one action, one person, or one work of the Holy Spirit. There is nothing we can hide from God. He is all-knowing and perfect in His knowledge. The only time He ever forgets anything is when He chooses to. Open your Bibles and follow along in Luke 12:1-12.
What happens when a baby dies?
The weight of that question is simply crushing. With it comes the acknowledgement that many parents have felt the heartbreak of losing a child. While it is not an easy thing to consider, it is well worth our time to understand how the Bible speaks to this issue.
Millions of babies have been aborted. Others have been miscarried. Still others have died in infancy. What happens to these? What happens to the children (or adults) who are mentally disabled and unable to function in a way where they can express faith in Jesus Christ? Where will their eternal destiny be?
We have basically been given two answers to this question: (1) do something to remove the child’s original guilt or else (2) say the child is innocent and not yet accountable. The Catholic Church takes the first approach. The thought is since everyone is born in sin and with a sin nature, that original stain must be removed. In 1951, Pope Pius XII stated, “…no other way besides baptism is seen as imparting the life of Christ to little children.” Therefore, babies are Christened in an attempt to remove the original sin passed down from Adam.
The second attempt to answer this question is how many Protestants deal with the issue. This approach advocates an “Age of Accountability”. The thought here is that a child is innocent (or at least safe) until he reaches the age where he understands his sin and actions. While the “Age of Accountability” isn’t a phrase used in the Bible, the thought comes from such Scriptures as Isaiah 7:16, “For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.” This passage clearly shows that there is a point in which a child does not yet know how to refuse evil and choose good. Other passages such as Deuteronomy 1:35-39 show that the little ones and children of Israel do not have knowledge of good and evil. Because of this, they got to go into the Promised Land while those adults who willfully sinned were not allowed.
The problem with both of these attempts is that they each offer a second way of salvation that the Bible does not allow. The Bible is crystal clear that there is only one way to be saved: by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. The only name by which anyone can be saved is the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12). There is absolutely no one who can come to the Father except through Jesus (John 14:6). One must be born again if he is to even see the Kingdom (John 3:3). The Bible simply does not allow any other way to be saved besides coming through Jesus. And the only way to come through Jesus is by way of repentance and faith. There is no second option. (more…)
Luke 10 gives us the privilege of listening in on an intimate conversation between the Father and the Son. As we listen, we learn that Jesus rejoices as He prays. He praises the Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for something very specific in verse 21:
“…I praise You…that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.”
It may seem unusual to us that Jesus would pray such a thing. How can it be that God would ever hide his truth from some while only to reveal it to others?
As we are wondering, Jesus turns to his disciples and tells them how blessed their eyes are for what they see. “Many prophets and kings wished to see the things which you see, and did not see them,” (v. 24) Jesus explains. Yet these men were not just his disciples. These are the infants who had God’s truth revealed to them. Some were unlearned fishermen. All were average guys who were nothing special. Yet these are the very infants to whom God chose to reveal himself. (more…)
Genesis 6 does not allow room for misinterpretation. Things were bad. Mankind was wicked. The world was corrupt. Every intent of the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil continually.
Mankind was so wicked that the Bible says, “The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart” (Genesis 6:6). Sin and wickedness accrue the wrath of God. And God’s judgment was surely coming, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them” (6:7).
The world was about to experience God’s wrath in a mighty way. Everything and everyone would be wiped out. God’s plan was to destroy all flesh and see to it that everything on the earth perish (6:17). There seemed to be no hope. (more…)