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