"Will Those People Be Saved?"

April 15, 2024 | By Chuck

  I have been asked many questions over the years of my ministry experience. Possibly the most popular and most unfair question I have ever been asked is, “Will those people be saved?” Maybe you have been asked the same question or maybe you’re curious about the answer to that question. It’s a popular question because people feel they need to know and many believe they already know. I see it as an unfair question, because I’m not God, so it’s not my responsibility to determine who is and isn’t saved. My role and your role are the same and that is to tell people about Jesus and how to be saved.

            Scripture has convinced me that God wants everyone to be saved. “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (I Timothy 2:3-4) God doesn’t want any soul to perish, but all to come to repentance. (II Peter 3:9) Scripture has also convinced me that not everyone will be saved. “Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' And then will I declare to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:21-23)

            God’s word makes it clear that some will be saved and some will not be saved. Instead of debating, arguing, and questioning who will or will not be saved, why not just introduce people to Jesus? When we tell people about Jesus, we share with them the soul-saving gospel message. When one obeys the gospel, he then knows Jesus; and knowing Jesus is salvation. (Matthew 7:23)(II Thessalonians 1:8)