Who Will Go to Heaven? Part 4, Words of Jesus

Matthew and Luke each record a broadway which leads to destruction and a narrow way which leads to life. Please read them both. The message is the same, but a bit different to read.

Matthew 6:13-14 is simple, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Luke 13:23-28 is a bit more involved, “23 And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets’; 27 and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; DEPART FROM ME, ALL YOU EVILDOERS.’ 28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out.”

Who will go to Heaven? Take note of what Luke recorded in vv. 25-26, “Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’” These who could not enter through the narrow door felt they had done what was necessary to enter even though they arrived late for the door was already closed to them. Their argument did not suffice although they had been ‘followers from afar.’ No doubt, they claimed to know Him but were not actively engaged with Him. How many folks do you know who claim the same? They are somewhat faithful to go to church and even bring their Bibles when they show up and they call themselves ‘Christians.’ They are known as the Evildoers about which Jesus speaks.

There is more to these parables than oftentimes is spoken of and is debunked by many people who call themselves ‘Christians.’ Jesus said in Matthew 6:13 that few will enter through the narrow gate. Again, these are the Evildoers of whom He speaks in Luke 13:25-26.

The Answer is Clear

There is a very familiar story recorded by Luke in chapter 16 verses 19-31 from which many arguments ensue, but one thing certain there is a place of torment awaiting those who refuse the Gospel message. For those who refuse, look at what is said in vv 22-24,, “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.” The rich man is clearly and ‘evil’ person who not only rejected God, but God also rejected him because of his evil ways. And the person who followed the instruction of God found himself in Abraham’s bosom. The place of comfort is obviously Heaven and the other place is called Hades or Hell. Therefore, the answer to the question, “Who will go to Heaven?” is obviously not the evil person, but the one who is righteous. What more can be said?

There is only one way to Heaven

Paul writes in Romans 10:8-13, “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”-that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Jesus is Lord.

 

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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