Biblical Concept: The Few
God is not concerned about particular numbers of believers at any particular time in history (See 1 Peter 3:20.). Though always wishing for more (See 2 Peter 3:9.), He will never compromise the necessity for belief in Him (See Matthew 7:13-14.) (Recall Biblical Concept: Christ the only way of salvation.).
The longer a heritage nation exists, the more the importance of the remaining Believers in the God of the Bible. (Think entropy and national entities.)
Religion spiritually deludes the many. (See Matthew 7:13-14, 21-23, I Kings 19:18.)
Angelic influences delude the many. (See 1 Peter 3:20, Genesis 6:1-13, 7:1.) (Recall Biblical Concept: The context of the four dimensional universe.) (Evil always has many volitions at its disposal.)
2 Peter 3:9 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (Because of the volitional few, God’s plan is patient.)
The Biblical Concept of the Few furthers the Biblical Concept of Fearing God.
1 Kings 19:18 18 "Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him." (During Elijah’s day, only 7,000 persons in Israel had a proper relationship with their Creator—not practicing polytheism.) (Religion deludes the many.)
1 Peter 3:20 20 who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. (A globe filled with humans and only eight are spared—remarkable.) (Angelic influences delude the many—Genesis 6:1-13, 7:1.)
Matthew 7:13-14 13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. 14 "For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it. (“Few are those who find it” = spiritual volitional error.) (God honors the volition He created.) (See the religion in 7:21-23. Religion does not lead to relationship with God.)
Matthew 9:37 37 Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. (Few evangelists? Few spiritual workers.)
Matthew 22:14 14 "For many are called, but few are chosen."
Luke 10:2 2 And He was saying to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (Few evangelists? Few spiritual workers.)
Luke 13:23-24 23 And someone said to Him, "Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?" And He said to them, 24 "Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. (See 13:22-30.)
Revelation 3:4 4 'But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white; for they are worthy. (Few rewarded.) (White? Compare 1 Corinthians 3:15.)
1 John 5:19 19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. (“We are of God” = the few in this context.)
Acts 18:10 10 for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city." (Contrast: The blessing of many.) (The Restrainer + many people in this city = protection.)
Romans 9:27 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, "Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved; (Romans 9-11 = Israel’s righteousness failure. Except for a few.) (NAS Romans 11:5 In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God's gracious choice.)