Please reconcile Jesus “narrow is the gate” and Paul’s “all are desired to be saved”?

Q. Can you reconcile Jesus’ statement in Matt. 7:13-14 and Paul’s statement in 1 Tim. 2:4?  If God’s grace is available for all how is it possible that few will be saved?

1Tim 2:4

who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Matt. 7:13-14

13* “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.

14* “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Luke 13:23-24

23* ¶ And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them,

24* “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

Jesus certainly gives a direct answer to the question.  The question is a good one.  With all who are claiming to be Christians today, and with the desire of God to save all men, how can it be true that only a few will be saved.

The first thing we need to notice about Paul’s statement will give us a clue to the answer.  God desires all men to be saved, AND TO COME TO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.  One of the causes for so many being lost is a lack  of knowledge of what God has commanded for our lives.  Many people grow up happy to inherit the religion of their parents

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