by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
Luke 13:23

Here is a certain passage of Scripture that will be
very profitable to all of us. I want to speak to you
on the subject, "The Number of the Saved," from Luke
13:23. It involves Jesus and a man who came to Him
with a question about the number of people who will
be saved. "Then said one unto Him, Lord, are there
FEW that be saved?"

And He said "unto THEM . . ." This man evidently was
the spokesman for a GROUP around about Him. And
Jesus addressed this man, but in so doing He
addressed everybody around about Him, for He was
teaching the truth to all.

He said unto them, "STRIVE (struggle) 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 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
you are, then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten
and drunk in Thy presence and Thou hast taught in
our streets. But He shall say, I tell you, I know ye
not whence ye are. Depart from Me, all ye workers of
iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of
teeth when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and
Jacob, and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God
and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come
from the east and from the west and from the north
and from the south and shall sit down in the Kingdom
of God. Behold, there are last which shall be first,
and there are first which shall be last."

The number of THE SAVED! The great, final
congregation of SAVED people. This man is looking
forward to the future when there shall be gathered
together all the great congregation of the saved. My
mind goes forward to that time! I want to be in that
crowd, and by God's marvelous grace through Jesus
and His full and free salvation, I am GOI ...

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