For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? (Luke 9:25)
The Doctrine Of Lost
Vance Havner commented, “I remember when the Titanic sank in 1912, it was the ship that was supposed to be unsinkable. The only thing it ever did was sink. When it took off from England, all kinds of passengers were aboard – millionaires, celebrities, people of moderate means, and poor folks down in the steerage. But a few hours later when they put the list in the Cunard office in New York, it carried only two categories – lost and saved. Grim tragedy had leveled all distinctions.”
Lost. You don’t hear that word much anymore. Jesus told His followers in the sermon on the mountain the majority of people will be lost but it seems the world believes that almost everyone will be saved. It doesn’t matter what you believe, how you live, what you do or not do or anything; everyone goes to Heaven (even dogs as some believe). I guess it is hard to accept anyone could be …. that word …. lost. Is it possible God will really not let everyone in?
One of the most famous passages in the Bible is John 3:16. Jesus said that God’s love was so great that He sent His only Son and those who believed in Him would not …. that word again (different form) …. perish. People who perish are lost. They will not receive everlasting life. No. Not going to Heaven. As a matter of fact the Lord described this LOST thing as everlasting fire or punishment. Lost. Not saved!
There are six billion people on this planet and among these six billion mortals are two kinds of folk: lost and saved. Lots of languages, nations, cultures, histories, etc. but only lost and saved people. Which are you? Don’t answer that question unless you can prove it from the word of God. Lost? Saved?
“The reason you don’t like the Bible, you old sinner, is because it knows all about you.”