The moment a person comes to Christ by faith, they became his BRIDE. And when we are water baptised, that's a public declaration of our marriage to Christ.to the marriage of the lamb.you then become children.follow our Lord to the marriage.
G'day there Tony, After guest preaching on Baptism in a Baptist Church one time,(the real meaning....I live dangerously), an elderly lady did in fact declare to me that she was good enough to go to heaven, and I was never going to get her to be baptised...............sad!Yet sadly, most people will be refused entry, because they didn't accept Jesus' free robe, and instead wore their own robes that they tried cleaning through their own efforts/deeds/works
Narrow is the gate, and few find it.G'day there Tony, After guest preaching on Baptism in a Baptist Church one time,(the real meaning....I live dangerously), an elderly lady did in fact declare to me that she was good enough to go to heaven, and I was never going to get her to be baptised...............sad!
Not tooo sure I can agree with you on the last point.
Are you saying that the majority of professing Christians are not going to pass muster?
Are you saying that the majority of mankind will not pass muster?
calvin, I am sorry, I do not completely understand your question, so can I please ask you to elaborate and clarify for me what you mean exactly?Thanks for your reply Tony................as simple 'former' or 'later' would have cleared things up nicely for me though.
So,.... a new question............Which gospel will bear the most fruit? The gospel of Jesus as the Christ of God, or the false gospel of satan?
hehe good one with the applesG'day Tony, well I knew what I meant................forgot that others might not....lol.
There is an old joke about two boys who took a bag of apples from a local orchid one dark night. They were sharing out the apples in a nearby cemetary when a drunken passerby overheard them talking...."one for you, one for me...one for you...." The passerby took fright for he thought it was God and the devil sharing out souls. Boy did I dig that one up from the distant past!
Well Tony, What I was/am asking was what your thoughts /understanding might be regarding the comparitive ratio of the number of souls who will enjoy/be blessed with the presence of the Lord throughout eternity compared with the number of souls who will not.(regardless of eternal hell fire versus the 'DEL' button or other.)
On the one hand we have Jesus' words/warnings/teachings regarding the narrow and wide gates as you mentioned; on the other hand we have the intimation of vast numbers as per Hebrews 12, and also Rev 7:9 and others that speak of large numbers of saints, yet Revelatrion only mentions the rejects in passing. In Rev ch7 the 144000 probably denotes perfection of numbers, but not only of National Jews, in other words, the number of saved persons is to be fully in accord with the will and purpose of the Lord.
So out of the total number of mankind from Adan to ??, will there be the majority who will be blessed with eternal life with Christ, or will a majority not be with the Lord for eternity?