Lord, are there FEW Christians that be saved?

It appears from scripture that as the disciples journeyed with Jesus, one of them began to realize that achieving Final Salvation was not a simple process, and that only FEW Christians who accept Christ as their Savior would ultimately be 'saved'.

(Luke 13:23-24)  "Then said one unto him, Lord, are there FEW that be saved? And he said unto them, {24} STRIVE to enter in at the strait gate: for MANY, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall NOT be able."

The Bible reveals that when God creates anything, He creates it 'perfect'. When He places 'man' into any situation, man will eventually corrupt what God has created. This happens for two reasons:

  1. Mankind's heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked (Jer 17:9)
  2. Satan is the tempter of all mankind (Matt 4:3) whose purpose it is to make mankind corrupt what God has created through lust (2 Peter 1:4).

When Jesus Christ came to Earth as "Emmanuel - God with us" (Matt 1:23), He established the Gospel among His disciples for it to be shared among all generations of people throughout the Earth. It wasn't long before His Gospel became corrupted (Gal 1:6-7; 2 Cor 11:4), so it is reasonable to assume that the Gospel most Christians believe today is also likely to be corrupt.

To determine whether 'many' or 'few' people have been saved throughout history, a few mathematical calculations can be undertaken using events in Old Testament history to determine whether a "remnant" was eventually saved, or more than that as Christians often imagine.

Noah's Flood

Scripture records that a world-wide population existed when Noah lived on Earth (Gen 6:5-7), and that Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives - eight souls in total, were finally saved from the wrath of God brought upon the inhabitants of Earth (1 Peter 3:20).

If we assume that the world's population in those days was (say) 1 billion (1,000,000,000) people, then that means 1 person in every 1,250,000 people was ultimately 'saved'.

Days of Noah

The Jewish Exodus from Egypt

It is conservatively estimated that Moses lead several millions of Jews and proselytes out of Egypt to the Promised Land. Scripture records that only two men (Joshua and Caleb - Num 26:64-65) from among the estimated 2 million adult population that left Egypt were worthy enough to enter the Promised Land. Even Moses - the mighty man of God (Exod 33:11) was barred entry into the land because of his sin against God (Num 27:12-14).

This indicates that only 1 person in every 1,000,000 people was ultimately 'saved' from death during the forty years the Jewish nation wandered in the wilderness (Heb 3:17-19).

Days of Moses

Lot and the Cities of Sodom and Gomorrah

An archeological website estimates that some 3,000,000 people inhabited the five cities of Sodom and Gomorrah during the days when Abraham and his brother Lot lived among them. Scripture states that it was only Lot and his two daughters who survived God's judgment of fire and brimstone upon those cities, as revealed in Gen 19:15 and Gen 19:26.

From this it can be assumed that 1 person in every 1,000,000 was ultimately 'saved' from God's judgment on those cities.

Days of Lot

Comparison with Today's Churches

Using these Old Testament indicators to estimate how many Christians "might be finally saved" (1 Peter 1:7-9), this method tends to indicate that only ONE 'Christian' in 1,000,000 will be saved from God's wrath. This comparison is in harmony with the the words of Jesus below:

(Matt 24:37-39)  "But as the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. {38} For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, {39} And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."

(Luke 17:28-30)  "Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; {29} But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. {30} Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed."

To illustrate this point further, if it was assumed that every Christian church on Earth today had 100 Christians regularly attending its services, then ONE Christian in every 10,000 churches would be saved. That does not represent many Christians being finally saved.

The following statement by Jesus illustrates clearly that salvation is NOT assured, as Jesus confirms this with the word "might" - ...that ye MIGHT be saved:

(John 5:34)  "But I [Jesus] receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye MIGHT be saved."

Scripture also indicates that God has only saved a small remnant number from among His people - a remnant represents a very small number:

(Rom 11:4-5)  "But what saith the answer of God unto him [Elijah - 1 Kings 19:10)? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. {5} Even so then at this present time also there is A REMNANT according to the election of grace."

Therefore, if God only chooses 'remnant numbers of faithful people' who have lived by faith on Earth (Heb 11:33-40) over the generations since Adam and Eve walked in the Garden of Eden, the question can be asked, how many Christians will genuinely achieve Final Salvation and live with Jesus Christ throughout eternity?

Last Days

My studies into this question have revealed most Christians today do not produce the required quantity of spiritual fruit that God the Father requires to see them produce. Such 'fruit' can only be achieved if the Christian becomes a genuinely fruitful branch after having been grafted into ‘The Vine’ who is Jesus. This can only happen AFTER a Christian has had a genuine born-again experience as indicated by what happened to the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:18):

(John 15:5)  "I [Jesus] am the VINE, ye are the BRANCHES: He that abideth in me, and I in him, THE SAME bringeth forth MUCH FRUIT: for without me ye can do nothing."

These words of Jesus Christ state that those Christians who are truly "grafted" into Him at their Initial Salvation are required by God the Father to produce "much spiritual fruit" for Him during the remainder of their lifetime on Earth:

(John 15:1-2)  "I [Jesus] am the TRUE VINE, and my Father is the husbandman [or Vinedresser]. {2} Every branch [or Christian who is grafted] in me [Jesus] that BEARETH NOT FRUIT, he [God the Father] taketh away: and every branch [or Christian] that beareth fruit, he purgeth [or prunes] it [back], that it may bring forth MORE FRUIT."

This statement says that any Christian who FAILS to produce the required quantity of spiritual “fruit” unto God the Father (e.g. through preaching the Gospel to unsaved people) - he or she has no Final Salvation:

(John 15:6)  "If a [Christian] man ABIDE NOT in me [by an absence of "spiritual fruit" in his life], he is CAST FORTH as a[n unwanted] branch, and is [become spiritually] withered; and men [or the angels – Matt 13:41-42 eventually] gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned."

(Matt 10:32-33) "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men [through evangelism], him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. {33} But whosoever shall deny me before men [because of the 'offence' Christ's name causes to others], him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."

God does not want this outcome for His children on Earth (2 Peter 3:9), however, He gives every Christian a choice to believe and follow in faith the words spoken by His Son Jesus Christ, or to compromise (reject) them by preferring to believe a lie from one of Satan's false preachers instead (2 Cor 11:14-15).

(John 10:3-5)  "To him the porter openeth; and the [true] sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. {4} And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the [true] sheep follow him: for they KNOW his voice. {5} And a stranger [who preaches lies from the pulpit] will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers."

As children of the Living God, we are each tested (Mal 3:2-3) to determine whether we will faithfully obey Christ’s words (John 10:27) and the message of the True Gospel (Rom 10:16), or whether we prefer to believe the words of Satan’s ministers in today’s pulpits (2 Cor 11:15) and in doing so, offend our Creator:

(Luke 6:46)  "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and DO NOT the things which I say?"

(Heb 10:38-39)  ": but if any man draw back [from doing the Father's will - 1 John 2:17], my [God's] soul shall have no pleasure in him. {39} But we [the truly born-again Christian] are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."

It is this requirement of reading obeying and applying what scripture plainly says that separates those Christians who embrace the True Gospel and those who prefer to embrace one of the many false gospels existing in the churches today.

I recommend you now read the final article in this series:

2. Few Saved? - this article

God bless.