While in Jerusalem Jesus was asked: “Are there few that be saved?” This is a question concerning which I have wondered for many years. I believe that at some point in our lives all of us come to Christ asking this question (Luke 13:23; compare Luke 13:34-35)! We see so many who don’t know Jesus nor even care to know him. What about the sincere person who never heard of Christ? Is he condemned for the lack of a laborer in his field? What about the sinner who is not so sincere, but never heard of the Lord? Is he condemned without ever having a reason to repent? So many people die in their sins! Is there any hope? Will they live again, or are they lost forever (Ezekiel 37:3, 11)? God says there is hope!
And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD. (Ezekiel 37:13-14 KJV)
And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: (Romans 11:26 KJV)
Jesus as much as says that to ask the question, “Are their few to be saved?” is to miss the point of our relationship with him. Christ died for all (1Timothy 2:6), and in due time all the world will testify of his saving grace. Yet, there are some who will come into their inheritance first, and some will come in last (Luke 13:30). Nevertheless, all will live and bow before the feet of Jesus their Savior (1Corinthians 15:22-23, 25; cp. Philippians 2:10-11).
As the Scripture says, there is an order (1Corinthians 15:23) to the resurrections. Let him who wishes to be first strive (G75) to enter the strait gate (Luke 13:24). The strait (G4728) gate is a narrow gate as opposed to broad or wide (Matthew 7:13-14). In fact, it is so narrow, we can enter only one by one (John 10:9). Jesus is the door (John 10:7, 9). We enter through one man, the Son of Man or Messiah (Genesis 3:15). Many believe they have entry, because they are moral or have done great works (Matthew 7:22). Nevertheless, entry into the Kingdom of God is through Jesus alone; no other name (Acts 4:12) and no other work is sufficient (John 10:1; Matthew 7:22). One day everyone who ever lived will come to know that Name and understand the price that was paid to secure their salvation (1Corinthians 15:28) and will bow at his feet:.
Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth–even those long ago dead and buried–will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11 MSG)
We know that people will not be forced into submission, because God is not honored through force but in the fruits of his Spirit borne out in the lives of willing people (John 15:8); and in glorifying God through the fruits of his Spirit we show ourselves to be the disciples of Jesus. Praise God!