Bible Study: Luke 13:22-30

 

Are there only a few people who are going to be saved? 13:24; Matthew 7:13-14 Why didn’t Jesus answer this with a yes or no?

Should his answer worry us? Why or why not?

Jesus says, in verse 24, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door.” Is this saying that we must “work” for our salvation? If not, what does Christ mean? (ἀγωνίζεσθε = to fight or struggle – used to describe the effort made in war or athletic events. Hebrews 12:12-17 Other uses of the word 1 Corinthians 9:24; Colossians 4:12; 1 Timothy 4:10; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7)

Who or what is the door? Why is it narrow? John 10:9; (interesting verse –Luke 16:16)

In what different ways do people make an effort to enter the narrow door?

What should we be striving to enter into? Hebrews 4:11; Revelation 20:12,15

What point is being made when the owner of the house gets up and closes the door in verse 25?

This passage is very clear that the opportunity for salvation is time-limited. When will it be too late for an individual? For mankind?

Who is the “you” that Jesus is speaking of in verses 24-28? Luke 3:7-8

What is the urgency seen in verses 25-27? Matthew 25:1-13

What causes God not to “know” us as portrayed in this story? Matthew 7:23

How many people think that they are going to be in God’s kingdom because they are a part of some religious sect or denomination? How many suppose they are saved because they come from a Christian family? How many think that they are saved by mere association with spiritual things? What is wrong with their thinking?

What does the phrase “the last will be first and the first will be last” mean for Christians today?

What is awaiting for people who find their way through the narrow door?  Verse 29; Isaiah 25: 6-8; Luke 14:15.

 How can we make sure that when it comes our time to enter through the narrow door that God will know us?

Note:  Bible Study materials are gathered from various resources, i.e. Bible.org)

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