We continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.
We’re taking a look at what Jesus said about a variety of absolutely critical, life-altering subjects in his own words with a minimum of commentary from me.
Today’s topic: Part 2 of JESUS ON SALVATION. Yesterday we looked at selection of verses from John’s Gospel. Today we’ll look at what the rest of the Gospels say.
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)
Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3-4) Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. (Luke 18:17)
Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me. (Mark 4:21b)
How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. [Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus’ reply …] What is impossible with men is possible with God. (Luke 18:24-25)
Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. (Matthew 19:29-30)
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Matthew 24:12-13)
Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you came to visit me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. … I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (Matthew 25:34b-36, 40)
Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me. … I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me. [The unrighteous] will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. (Matthew 25:41b-46)
Your faith has saved you; go in peace. (Luke 7:50)
Unless you repent, you too will perish. (Luke 13:5)
Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. (Luke 13:23-24)
The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. (Luke 19:10)
We’ll close with one last one …
A religious expert wanted to test Jesus. He said: “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered: “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” The man answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Jesus then said: “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live.” (Luke 10:25-28)
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