Mark 3:13

“And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him.”

In the last verses, I mentioned that Jesus is for everyone. And that’s clear. I do want to also point out an interesting progression here:

great multitudes came – many were healed – H called those He wanted – He appointed twelve

Okay, so if I just emphasized that the Bible says salvation is for all, why am I bringing your attention to this narrowing down? Is that a contradiction? No, it’s the natural course of events. This is what happens when people hear the message and how many will respond.

ALL ARE CALLED. Yes. This is definite and clear throughout the Bible. Jesus died for everyone, not the chosen few (see verses sited last passage). He offers salvation to all who will come.

And many do come and are healed, like this example in verse 10: “For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to touch Him.” The parallel is true to people being spiritual healed and receiving salvation. But there are also many who never progress in knowing Jesus more than this.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15 “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear: for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. But if anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”

2 truths are clear in this passage: 1) Salvation is offered to all (anyone is the key word here) and can only be built through accepting Jesus (no other foundation). And 2) some will just barely make it into eternity with God, smelling like they escaped eternity without God. But notice, it is NOT because they were good enough, the bad was outweighed by the nice things they did – the burning of the works still has to be built on the foundation of Jesus Christ. But they barely make it because even though their life might have been fruitless and unprofitable, they still had sincere faith in Jesus to save them.

If this is where you are, I want to say a quick exhorting for you (that’s like encouragement with a loving kick): don’t stay there. You are healed from sin’s price, yes, but there is so much more. And the place where you are sitting is dangerous – there is too broad a grey area that can entice you to practicing sin and quenching the spirit. Now, I am not God and only He will make that final call because only He knows for sure where you are and what foundation you have: but why settle there? Especially when there is a better way –

“And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him.”

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Hebrews 12:1-2 says “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

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