Who are the Lost Souls?
1. They are free moral agents, of course – rational, accountable.
2. They are in rebellion against God, wholly alienated, intensely prejudiced, and committed
3. They are committed to self-gratification as the end of their being.
4. This committed state is moral depravity, the fountain of sin within them, from which flow
by a natural law all their sinful ways. This committed voluntary state is their “wicked heart.”
This it is that needs a radical change.
Because of these factors, they find it almost impossible to obtain salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
There is a very interesting conversation between the Lord Jesus and a Teacher of Israel.
Jesus Teaches Nicodemus
John 3:1 Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.[a]”
4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”[d]
9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[e] 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[f] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[g]
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
[a] John 3:3 The Greek for again also means from above; also in verse 7.
[b] John 3:6 Or but spirit
[c] John 3:7 The Greek is plural.
[d] John 3:8 The Greek for Spirit is the same as that for wind.
[e] John 3:13 Some manuscripts Man, who is in heaven
[f] John 3:14 The Greek for lifted up also means exalted.
[g] John 3:15 Some interpreters end the quotation with verse 21.
However, the marvel of it all is that some Lost Souls do find salvation.
The Narrow and Wide Gates
Matthew 7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Yes, the numbers on the narrow road are few, but I thank God for every one of them. It is these that I seek to encourage that they may stay living in union with their Lord and Saviour.
However, I also pray for and try to reach out to the many who are on the broad road.
Though in so doing, I share in Christ’s sufferings. But do not feel sad for me, for I also receive many blessings from my Heavenly Father as he and my Lord Jesus keep me in their perfectly loving companionship through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Praise be to them!