God Loves WHICH Sinner?

“We MUST understand this, we MUST.” But, I am not certain that I do. However, “The Bible tells me so.” 

Looking at the countless numbers of people, mostly those at the grocery store…when I do leave the house…at least some of them do not know Jesus Christ and are not concerned about Him. Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the way that leads to life, and there are few who find it!” Matthew 7:13-14 NET2. The key word in His statement is “few.” Only a few will find the narrow gate leading to life…only a few. 

I live in the Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex where more than 2 million people reside. Tor those who live in rural states such as Arkansas, for example, this says a great deal because in the Natural State there are not 2 million people there. My house is located about ½ mile to the east of State Highway 287 and about the same distance south of Interstate 20. At rush hour these two, four-lane roads are crammed with thousands of vehicles representing hundreds of thousands of souls on their way to Hell…according to the words of Jesus, “only a few will find” their way through the narrow gate. The Bible tells us these are unrepentant sinners whose names are NOT in the Book of Life.

Continuing on we see this thought from the Lord, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven—only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many powerful deeds in your name?’  Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’” Many surrounding us will say to Him, “My Lord,” but Jesus will say to many of these, “I never knew you, Go away from me…” This is a very harsh bit of rejection from the Christ to those who may have just come from a church building having been in conversations about “the love of Christ for those who claim to know Him as Savior and Lord.”  They may have even heard the preacher say, “God loves the sinner, but hates the sin of the sinner.”

But, WHO is the preacher talking about? AND, who is it that will not be able to enter through the narrow gate. WHO is it that has obviously falsely called Jesus Christ, “Lord?” Here is another statement from Him, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because its foundation had been laid on rock. Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed—it was utterly destroyed.” Matthew 7:24-27.

Jesus is speaking of obedience to His instructions…this is NOT about ‘doing good.’ Good people do not go to Heaven. Oh, and bad people do not go to Hell. Saved people go to Heaven and lost people go to Hell. Only those who are obedient to the Word of God will enter through the narrow gate and few will find that gate. The broad way is broad for a reason…many will go that way.

Sinners go to Hell and the born-again Followers of Christ will go to Heaven. How do we know this? The Bible tells us so…”For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.” John 3:16-18. Who, then, does He love? He loves those who believe in Him and these will have eternal life. Everyone else is condemned…already.

Those who choose to believe in the Son of God as Savior are no longer sinners, but these are Saints, Believers, Beloved, Followers of the Christ, Children of God, Righteous, Ambassadors of God, but NEVER in the New Testament are the born-again called ‘sinners.’

I will remain faithful to the Word of God until the day I cease to breathe…and WHICH sinner does God love? He loves the lost sinner who chooses to follow Him by grace through faith…

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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