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The Path to Salvation According to Scripture

Enter by the Narrow Gate:

Matthew 7:13 – 14  “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

The goal and purpose of this website is to help believers to find the correct understanding of the way of Truth.

This is not based in any human theology, but simply from the word of God

Theology: the study of the nature of God and religious belief.
religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed.
plural noun: theologies
“a willingness to tolerate new theologies”

Nor is it based upon any certain teachings from a Christian University

It merely states what scripture says.
The bible is simple enough a person with a 6th-grade education can understand it, it takes a real professional to confuse it.
Ted Rauh

THE FIRST STEP

When does a person or maybe better ask,  how does a person make that decision, the decision of his/ her life that eternal life in Heaven is their Goal? When do they learn of the possibility?

It comes in  different ways

I think for many there comes a time when we realize we have a burden, a burden of sin, that we must somehow remove, and this leads us to search for relief of this burden.

For others, they may not realize they have a burden, not aware of sin until the spotlight of truth shines upon it, revealing it to them.

And, we reach an age of accountability… the age in which we know right from wrong and decide on right.

  1. Many from parents when they are children.
  2. For others, it is by the way of a friend
  3. And yet others, by the way of a stranger
  4. But for all, it comes from the first hearing.
  5. Thus our obligation, and commandment to teach the word, as it was taught to us, that others may find salvation.
Note: The Amplified Bible (AMP) is an English language translation of the Bible produced jointly by Zondervan and The Lockman Foundation. The first edition was published in 1965. It is largely a revision of the American Standard Version of 1901 (considered to be the most accurate English translation, with reference made to various texts in the original languages. The AMP was the first Bible project of The Lockman Foundation. Its goal was to take both word meaning and context into account to accurately translate the original text from one language into another. The AMP does this through the use of explanatory alternate readings and amplifications to assist the reader in understanding what Scripture really says. Multiple English word equivalents to each key Hebrew and Greek word clarify and amplify meanings that may otherwise have been concealed by the traditional translation method. The first edition was published in 1965. In short, it is a literal translation that has been amplified in order to give the English explanation of what is being said.

Romans 10:17 Amplified Bible (AMP)

17 So faith comes from hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the [preaching of the] message concerning Christ.

Somewhere it began when we heard about Christ, and somewhere along the line, we started believing and decided to begin our journey along the difficult path that leads to eternal life.

Notes and Commentary by Ken Puls

Although Christian has tasted of God’s goodness within the Gate, he finds that his journey is only just beginning, and that he must continue on a while longer still bearing his Burden. Before Christian continues, however, he must be given further instruction concerning the Way. Christian has completed his journey thus far to the Gate, as Evangelist had directed him, and has found an open Door, but many dangers yet lay ahead. Goodwill provides Christian with wise counsel that can protect him from these dangers. Goodwill teaches five things about the Way:

First: It is narrow.

Jesus taught:

Matthew 7:13-14

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

It is a narrow, difficult Way, which the natural man finds unpleasant and offensive. Few find this Way; none find it except by the grace and power of God.

 

 

Thomas Scott (1747–1821) said of the Way:

In the broad road every man may chose a path suited to his inclinations, shift about to avoid difficulties, or accommodate himself to circumstances; and he will be sure of company agreeable to his taste. But Christians must follow one another in the narrow way, along the same track, surmounting difficulties, facing enemies, and bearing hardships, without any room to evade them: nor is any indulgence given to different tastes, habits, or propensities.

The Way all Christians must take is a Way that conforms us to the image of our Savior. We must follow one by one in His footsteps. The road is not wide enough for some to travel the right side, others to take the left, and still others to wander to and fro between lanes as it seems convenient. This is a Way of self-denial and sacrifice, not self gratification and ease.

Second: It was cast up by the patriarchs, prophets, Christ, and His apostles.

That is, the Way is found in God’s Holy Word. Paul teaches us that we are “members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:19-20). “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Peter explains to his readers:

2 Peter 3:1-2

Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior.

God’s Word holds promises and instruction to keep us alert and prepared in the face of spiritual danger.

Third: It is straight as a rule can make it.

Psalm 125:5 teaches that the ways of men are crooked. God’s Way, however, is straight, never straying or turning from its course. With God “there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). The Rule or Standard of this Way is God’s Word, which “is the only sufficient, certain and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience” (1689 Baptist Confession 1:1).

Fourth: It is “THE WAY”  a Christian must go.

This Way is the only Way. Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). No other Way leads to the Celestial City and into the presence of the King.

Fifth:  There are many wrong ways that cross it and veer from it.

While the Way itself does not stray or turn aside, many false paths intersect and branch off the Way, threatening to entice Pilgrims from the truth. Christian must be careful to stay on the straight and narrow Way. Later in the allegory, Goodwill’s instruction will prove to be true and serve to preserve Christian’s life.

As Christian enjoys the company of Goodwill and hears his valuable counsel, he again becomes anxious about his Burden. Evangelist had already taught Christian that the true Way leads to the cross, but Christian wants immediate relief. He asks for help that he might here remove it and be free of its weight and bondage. Goodwill, however, is not able to remove the baggage. Christian must have more than just encouraging words and counsel in order to find relief. His sin is serious and only the atoning work of Christ accomplished upon the cross can do him any good. Christian must be content to bear his Burden until he finds the Place of Deliverance.

In God’s plan of salvation, more than Goodwill was needed to bring about forgiveness and cleansing from sin. The writer of Hebrews tells us that without the shedding of blood there is no remission (Hebrews 9:22). In due time it was necessary that Christ come and lay down His life and make atonement for the sins of His people. Christ came that He might shed His blood to redeem and cleanse for Himself all whom the Father had given to Him. When the angels announced goodwill toward men, it was because the Son of God was come, not just as a good Man who would exemplify godliness and holiness, but as the pure Lamb of God, who in time would be sacrificed for the sins of His people.

If we would help those who are burdened with sin, we also must be careful to point the Way to the cross, the only Place of Deliverance. We may desire to bring them ease and comfort, but we cannot remove their Burden. Only Christ has power to save; they must go to Him.

THE CROSS

The way to salvation: The Message of the Cross created the Gate, and the Difficult Path that leads to Salvation.

But there are choices to be made… it is there, but wil you enter? Will you stay on the path once you have entered?

Jesus taught in Matthew 7:13-14

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

It is a narrow, difficult Way, which the natural man finds unpleasant and offensive. Few find this Way;

How do we find something? We must be searching for it.
And what is the purpose of a Gate?

A gate or gateway is a point of entry to space that is enclosed by walls. Gates may prevent or control the entry or exit of individuals, or they may be merely decorative. Other terms for gate include yett and port.

So if it is something that is to prevent or control the entry, there must be conditions that must be set for entry or exit.

For instance, I work in a prison ministry. They didn’t let me just come in when I decided to begin this ministry, I had to be trained, investigated, and confirmed by the use of a badge.

Following that required permission or invitation from a prison Chaplain to either teach a class or preach, and describe what I would be teaching.

And to gain entry, I must have my Badge on my person and enter through a number of gates. In other words, I must be “dressed” properly.

In order to enter upon the DIFFICULT PATH, one must pass through a gate…

What are the conditions one must meet to gain entry through the gate, we must be “dressed” properly?

Is this where we put on the wedding clothes?

Matthew 22:1-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Parable of the Marriage Feast

22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. 3 And he sent his servants to call those who had [previously] been invited to the wedding feast, but they refused to come. 4 Then he sent out some other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fattened calves are butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.”’ 5 But they paid no attention [they disregarded the invitation, treating it with contempt] and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. 6 The rest [of the invited guests] seized his servants and mistreated them [insulting and humiliating them] and killed them. 7 The king was enraged [when he heard this], and sent his soldiers and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding [feast] is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 So go to the main highways that lead out of the city, and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 Those servants went out into the streets and gathered together all the people they could find, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests [sitting at the banquet table].

11 “But when the king came in to see the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed [appropriately] in wedding clothes, 12 and he said, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wearing the wedding clothes [that were provided for you]?’ And the man was speechless and without excuse. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him into the darkness outside; in that place there will be weeping [over sorrow and pain] and grinding of teeth [over distress and anger].’ 14 For many are called (invited, summoned), but few are chosen.”

Believe, confess sins, repent sins, confess Christ as savior, and be baptized. And then you will be added to the church and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 3:26-27 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Baptism

26 For you [who are born-again have been reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified and] are all children of God [set apart for His purpose with full rights and privileges] through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ [into a spiritual union with the Christ, the Anointed] have clothed yourselves with Christ [that is, you have taken on His characteristics and values].

NOTE: The KJV (clothed yourselves / put on Christ)translates Strong's G1746 in the

following manner:
put on (18x), clothed with (2x), clothed in (2x), have on (2x),
clothe with (1x), be endued (1x), arrayed in (1x), be clothed (1x),
variations of ‘put on’ (1x).

Wedding Clothes

Philippians 2 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Be Like Christ

Therefore if there is any encouragement and comfort in Christ [as there certainly is in abundance], if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship [that we share] in the Spirit, if [there is] any [great depth of] affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, having the same [a]love [toward one another], knit together in spirit, intent on one purpose [and living a life that reflects your faith and spreads the gospel—the good news regarding salvation through faith in Christ]. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility], who, although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes—the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it]; but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man]. After He was found in [terms of His] outward appearance as a man [for a divinely-appointed time], He humbled Himself [still further] by becoming obedient [to the Father] to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also [because He obeyed and so completely humbled Himself], God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus [b]every knee shall bow [in submission], of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess and openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (sovereign God), to the glory of God the Father.

12 So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ]. 13 For it is [not your strength, but it is] [c]God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.

14 Do everything without murmuring or questioning [the providence of God], 15 so that you may prove yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish in the midst of a [morally] crooked and [spiritually] perverted generation, among whom you are seen as bright lights [beacons shining out clearly] in the world [of darkness], 16 holding out and offering to everyone the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to rejoice greatly because I did not run [my race] in vain nor labor without result. 17 But even if I am being poured out as a [d]drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith [for preaching the message of salvation], still I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18 You too, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.

Matthew 7:21-23 Amplified Bible (AMP)

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me on that day [when I judge them], ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, and driven out demons in Your name, and done many miracles in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them publicly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me [you are banished from My presence], you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].’

These people have not clothed themselves in Christ… He didn’t know them

Matthew 25:33-46 Amplified Bible (AMP)

You must believe and you have work to do.

33 and He will put the sheep on His right [the place of honor], and the goats on His left [the place of rejection].

34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God, appointed to eternal salvation], inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me [with help and ministering care]; I was in prison, and you came to Me [ignoring personal danger].’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You as a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me.’

41 “Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Leave Me, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels (demons); 42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me [with help and ministering care].’ 44 Then they also [in their turn] will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or as a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will reply to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did not do it for one of the least of these [my followers], you did not do it for Me.’ 46 Then these [unbelieving people] will go away into eternal (unending) punishment, but those who are righteous and in right standing with God [will go, by His remarkable grace] into eternal (unending) life.”

Acts 2:38 Amplified Bible (AMP)

You must repent, and be baptized into Christ for the remission of your sins, in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

38 And Peter said to them, “Repent [change your old way of thinking, turn from your sinful ways, accept and follow Jesus as the Messiah] and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ because of the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

 

Thomas Scott said of the Way:

In the broad road every man may chose a path suited to his inclinations, shift about to avoid difficulties, or accommodate himself to circumstances; and he will be sure of company agreeable to his taste. But Christians must follow one another in the narrow way, along the same track, surmounting difficulties, facing enemies, and bearing hardships, without any room to evade them: nor is any indulgence given to different tastes, habits, or propensities.
The Way all Christians must take is a Way that conforms us to the image of our Savior. We must follow one by one in His footsteps. The road is not wide enough for some to travel the right side, others to take the left, and still others to wander to and fro between lanes as it seems convenient. This is a Way of self-denial and sacrifice, not self gratification and ease.

We must follow His commands

1 John 2:4

Whoever says, “I have come to know Him,” but does not habitually keep [focused on His precepts and obey] His commandments (teachings), is a liar, and the truth [of the divine word] is not in him.

We must literally hate the world

1 John 2:15

Do not love the world [of sin that opposes God and His precepts], nor the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

We must love God more than Father, Mother, Husband, Wife, Son or Daughter… and even self

Once we have entered the gate… What Next?

Second: It was cast up by the patriarchs, prophets, Christ, and His apostles.

That is, the Way is found in God’s Holy Word. Paul teaches us that we are “members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:19-20). “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Peter explains to his readers:

 

2 Peter 3:1-2

Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior.

God’s Word holds promises and instruction to keep us alert and prepared in the face of spiritual danger.

We must know the word in order to correctly obey the commands of Christ!

Allow me to repeat:

Goodwill: We make no objections against any, not withstanding all that they have done before they come hither. They are in no wise cast out; and therefore, good Christian, come a little way with me, and I will teach thee about the way thou must go. Look before thee; dost thou see this narrow way? That is the way thou must go. It was cast up by the Patriarchs, Prophets, Christ and his Apostles, and it is as strait as a Rule can make it: This is the Way thou must go.

Christian: But, said Christian, are there no turnings nor windings, by which a Stranger may lose his way?

Goodwill: Yes, there are many ways butt down upon this; and they are crooked and wide: But thus thou mayst distinguish the right from the wrong, the Right only being strait and narrow.

How do we know the strait and narrow from the broad-way?

The beginning is when you go through the gate… this means you are seeking God… you are searching for Him. And there is only one way to seek Him, and that it through His Word, and His word ONLY!

The very first trial/challenge you will incur is false teachings. and Where does that come from?  SATAN

2 Corinthians 11:14-16 Amplified Bible (AMP)

14 And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 So it is no great surprise if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness, but their end will correspond with their deeds.

16 I repeat then, let no one think that I am foolish; but even if you do, at least accept me as foolish, so that I too may boast a little.

 

So what is the first thing the majority of new Christians run into? False teachers, and why the majority?

The answer is because they offer the least resistance, in other words, they are not that far removed from the world.

They generally have big bands, orchestras, and choirs. You will experience something very similar to a rock concert…. great entertainment.

The message is generally the same, all you have to do is believe, and we will all get to heaven someday…

There is nothing more to do, no works, interpret the bible in your own way.

But, is that what the bible teaches?

To drift from the message would be to drift from the messenger, for the message and the messenger cannot be separated.

There is no such thing as “Christ vs. Doctrine,” for Christ and His doctrine are inseparable. The messenger must be held in the highest regard if His message is to be properly appreciated.”

Stick to scripture… no man’s doctrines

God gave word piecemeal in the old testament

Samual 3:1

Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.

Hebrews 1: 1 – 2

God’s Final Word in His Son

God, having spoken to the fathers long ago in [the voices and writings of] the prophets in many separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the truth], and in many ways,

2 has in these last days spoken [with finality] to us in [the person of One who is by His character and nature] His Son [namely Jesus], whom He appointed heir and lawful owner of all things, through whom also He created the universe [that is, the universe as a space-time-matter continuum

The Old Testament like the back of a tapestry, if you look at the back of a tapestry, you will see a mess, all kinds, and colors of threads with no obvious connection.

New Testament is like the front… it is the final word, and it is where we see the beauty of the tapestry, the beauty, and the truth of God’s word.

 

KNOW God’s word and Do not pervert it Accept no man’s doctrine

Jude 3

Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

Galatians 1:6-9

 We see there is only One Gospel

6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,

7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.

8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

9 As we have said before, so now I say again if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

Satan started preaching the false doctrine through his demons right from the beginning
The Psalmist declared “Your word I have treasured and stored in my heart”

Our Lord himself announced in Matthew 4:4 that “man shall not live by bread alone, BUT BY most of the WORDs THAT proceed OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD” And by any words, men want to add to it

That’s not what it says, is it?

But by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of GOD, it doesn’t say part of the words, some of the words, or just the words you like to hear… EVERY WORD and no other word.

And Paul had words of praise for the saints at Thessalonica in that they received the gospel message, not as the word of men, “BUT, AS IT IS IN TRUTH, THE WORD OF GOD” (1 Thess. 2:13)

Let’s recap

  • Step one: Simple obedience
    • We must obey
  • Step Two: No other gospel than the one given to us
    • WE must know the word to be able to obey the word
  • Third Step: Be Able to defend your faith logically (apologia)
    • Many times I’ve said… Apologetics is the 3rd dimension of our faith.
    • I was wrong.

 

  1. The kind of faith we are seeking is a 3-dimensional faith. Compare to a Cube
    1. Height, width, and depth
    2. Knowing and obey the word is the first dimension. The Height of the Cube
    3. Knowing how to defend the word logically, through historic documentation is the 2nd I would call this the width of the Cube
    4. The third dimension is love. The depth of the Cube
  2. All three are required to have a cube.
  3. No cube without the first two dimensions
  4. The first two dimensions are meaningless without depth.
  5. I didn’t understand love except by agape love
    1. By practicing that true love, of all God’s creatures, grew in me… slowly
    2. I grieve and suffer when my brothers and sisters in Christ grieve and suffer
    3. I grieve and suffer when I see others who could find salvation but refuse the instructions
    4. I rejoice and am blessed when they rejoice and are blessed.

 

Allow me to illustrate.

  • See a picture of the ocean is one dimensional… we can see the beauty and perceive the power.
  • See a video of the ocean is two dimensional… we can see the beauty & power, in action
  • Visit the ocean… and jump in, we can be engulfed by it. We see and experience the beauty and power in action.

Another Example

  • Remember when you were a child and jumped into a cold swimming pool on a hot summer day the first time.
  • The sudden coldness shocked you  alive
  • This is how belief and faith grow, by being engulfed by it, 
  • As we jump in with belief with a foundation of works, we grow and are shocked to life by the glory of God.
  • Patience is the golden cord running through it

So how is it we, being merely human can tell the difference?

2 Timothy 2:15 Amplified Bible (AMP)

15 Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth.

Acts 17:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 Now these people were more noble and open-minded than those in Thessalonica, so they received the message [of salvation through faith in the Christ] with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

3. Christian Flees Destruction

So I saw in my dream that the man began to run. Now he had not run far from his own door, but his wife and children, perceiving it, began to cry after him to return; but the man put his fingers in his ears, and ran on crying, Life! life! eternal life! So he looked not behind him but fled towards the middle of the Plain.

The Neighbors also came out to see him run; and as he ran, some mocked, others threatened, and some cried after him to return . . .

Many of us experience this, somewhere in life we discover the truth, it is our desire to share it with our children, wives, friends, but they reject it.

Some will attend Church services, but not to worship God, not in the true sense, nor to really learn of Christ and the way to salvation, but merely to appease others, such as that nagging parent… but we must do as Christian does in the story, cover our ears, and run on to the truth, leaving all behind if they refuse to follow.

Matthew 10:37-39 Amplified Bible (AMP)

37 [a]He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his [b]cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me] is not worthy of Me. 39 Whoever finds his life [in this world] will [eventually] lose it [through death], and whoever loses his life [in this world] for My sake will find it [that is, life with Me for all eternity].