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Wide or Narrow?

20111208-180830.jpgA common misconception stated by various people is that a loving God would never condemn a large portion of people on the earth. Rather, they choose to believe that God will “grade on a curve” – mistakenly assuming that God’s grace is variable, depending on the times.

God’s grace is far more complex than a calculated doling out of forgiveness, dependent on human rules or assumptions. God saves who He saves – and NONE are deserving of His gift of grace. Is there precedent in the Bible that God will judge a people, leaving the majority of them outside of His grace? See today’s verse.

“But hear the word of the LORD, all Jews living in Egypt: ‘I swear by my great name,’ says the LORD, ‘that no one from Judah living anywhere in Egypt will ever again invoke my name or swear, “As surely as the Sovereign LORD lives.” For I am watching over them for harm, not for good; the Jews in Egypt will perish by sword and famine until they are all destroyed. Those who escape the sword and return to the land of Judah from Egypt will be very few. Then the whole remnant of Judah who came to live in Egypt will know whose word will stand—mine or theirs.”Jeremiah 44:26-28

These people were deliberately disobeying God’s words given through the prophet Jeremiah. And like the wide and narrow paths described in Matthew 7:13-14, the busier path is occupied by those who are outside of God’s grace. We should not be surprised to find ourselves on a narrow and thinly populated path if we are walking in God’s ways.

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