Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, s and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence t ye are. Luke 13:24 – 25
OPENING COMMENT by Robert
The question was, Are there few that are saved? Luke 13:23: ei oligoi hoi sozomenoi—“If the saved be few? Master, I have heard thou shouldest say so is it true?
“Christ’s answer to this question, which directs us what use to make of this truth. Our Saviour did not give a direct answer to this enquiry, for he came to guide men’s consciences, not to gratify their curiosity. Ask not, “How many shall be saved? “But, be they more or fewer, “Shall I be one of them?” Not, “What shall become of such and such, and what shall this man do?” But, “What shall I do, and what will become of me?”
Now in Christ’s answer observe
1. A quickening exhortation and direction: Strive to enter in at the strait gate. This is directed not to him only that asked the question, but to all, to us, it is in the plural number:
Strive ye. Note, (1) All that will be saved must enter in at the strait gate, must undergo a change of the whole man, such as amounts to no less than being born again, and must submit to a strict discipline
(2) Those that would enter in at the strait gate must strive to enter. It is a hard matter to get to heaven and a point that will not be gained without a great deal of care and pains, of difficulty and diligence.
We must strive with God in prayer, wrestle as Jacob, strive against sin and Satan. We must strive in every duty of religion strive with our own hearts, agonizes the “Be in an agony strive as those that run for a prize excite and exert ourselves to the utmost.”
It will not suffice to say, Lord, Lord in word and tongue to own Yeshua (Christ) for our Master, and to make addresses to him, and professions of him accordingly, in prayer to God, in discourse with men.
We must call Yeshua (Christ), Lord, Lord, for he is (John 13:13) but can we imagine that this is enough to bring us to heaven.
That such a piece of formality as this should be so recompensed, or that he who knows and requires the heart should be so put off with shows for substance?
Compliments among men are pieces of civility that are returned with compliments, but they are never paid as real services and can they then be of an account with Christ?
There may be seeming importunity in prayer, Lord, Lord: but if inward impressions are not answerable to outward expressions, we are but as sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal.
This is not to take us off from saying, Lord, Lord from praying and being earnest in prayer, from professing Yeshua’s (Christ’s) name and being bold in professing it, but from resting in these, in the form of godliness, without the power.
They are such considerations as will serve to answer the question, Are there few that shall be saved?
(1) Think how many take some pains for salvation and yet perish because they do not take enough, and you will say that there are few that will be saved and that it highly concerns us to strive: Many will seek to enter in, and shall not be able they seek, but they do not strive.
Note, The reason why many come short of grace and glory is that they rest in a lazy seeking of that which will not be attained without a laborious striving.
They have a good mind to happiness, and a good opinion of holiness, and take some good steps towards both. But their convictions are weak they do not consider what they know and believe, and, consequently, their desires are cold, and their endeavours feeble, and there is no strength or steadiness in their resolutions and thus they come short and lose the prize because they do not press forward.
Christ declares positively this upon his own word: I say unto you and we may take it upon his word, for he knows both the counsels of God and the hearts of the children of men.
Think how many who were very confident that they should be saved will be rejected in the day of trial, and their confidences will deceive them, and you will say that there are few that shall be saved and that we are all concerned to strive.
Consider,  What an assurance they had of admission, and how far their hope carried them, even to heaven’s gate. There they stand and knock, knock as if they had authority, knock as those that belong to the house, saying, “Lord, Lord, open to us, for we think we have a right to enter take us in among the saved ones, for we joined ourselves to them”
Note, Many are ruined by an ill-grounded hope of heaven, which they never distrusted or called in question, and therefore conclude their state is good because they never doubted it.
They call Christ, Lord, as if they were his servant’s no, in token of their importunity, they double it, Lord, Lord they are desirous now to enter in by that door which they had formerly made light of, and would now gladly come in among those serious Christians whom they had secretly despised.
Please remember these articles are the work of a humble servant of Yeshua doing HIs bidding as a Watchmen sounding the Trumpet to warn of impending danger or shortfalls within the Assembly. May our Father abundantly bless each one of you with wisdom and discernment to go forward as “Modern Day Disciples.”
Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee, Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Yeshua is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 26:3-4)