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I am often asked my opinion about someone else’s standing with God. “They did so-and-so. If they refuse to repent, will they be lost?”

Jesus was asked similar questions. Someone said, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able” (Luke 13:23-24).

Jesus told Peter, “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them . . . (and) said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” (John 21:18-22).

Each time, when Jesus is asked by someone about someone else’s salvation, He says, in effect, “Mind your own business; make your own calling and election sure.”

Cecil May Jr.
Preacher Talk

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