Who Can Be Saved?

What would you say is worse: knowing that you are lost, and not knowing the way out. Or not even knowing that you are lost? I recall a time when I was hiking with my girlfriend. We were having a great time walking, talking, and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. But then we realized the sun was on it’s way down, and we did not know where we were. We were lost. And the worst part was we did not know our way out.

In this world there are many walking around not realizing that they need to be saved. At the same time, there are also some that know that there is something wrong, and have no idea how to fix it.

Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or males who have sex with males, no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom. (1 Corinthains 6:9–10 CSB)

Whether you believe it or not, you have committed one or many of these sins. Have you desired the life of another? Have you overindulged in food or drink? Have you said unkind words to someone? Have you lied? Then this is you.

When Jesus clarified the law, He said that those who look lustfully at another have committed adultery. And those who have hated another have committed murder in their heart. Certainly murder is a much more heinous sin that hating someone in your mind. But it is still a sin, and a sin against a holy God. If these kinds of people do not inherit God’s kingdom, then who will?

Jesus said to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” They were even more astonished, saying to one another, “Then who can be saved?” (Mark 10:24–26 CSB)

This does not seem to be going well. How can you fit a camel through the eye of a needle? Clearly that is a physically impossible task. It is difficult enough to thread a needle, so how can you even begin to imagine trying to push a camel through that tiny space. At this point of our reading, it seems like no one can enter God’s kingdom. So we join the crowd and cry, “Then who can be saved?”

And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corintians 6:11 CSB)

When reading the Bible, you must always consider the context. Do you remember the list of people who will not enter the kingdom of God? This is the verse that comes right after, and the key words are “used to be”. Yes, we have all sinned in many different ways. And yes, all of those sins are against a holy God who must punish sin. It would be unjust for a crime not to be punished.

How then can you be saved? The same way a camel can fit through a needle.

Looking at them, Jesus said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God, because all things are possible with God.” (Mark 10:27 CSB)

Sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, males who have sex with males, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, and swindlers can all be saved. When you repent of your sin, and place your full trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ alone, you are washed clean of all of your sins. You are made holy. You are counted justified before God. When you turn from your old sinful ways and turn to Christ, you are no longer an enemy of God, but become a child of God. We are unable to save ourselves. But by the power of God and His sovereign grace, you too can be saved.

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