1 Peter 4:18 KJV
And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
I am reminded of Christ's words that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to be saved. The phrase of this verse does not mean that those who are saved are just barely saved; going to heaven by the skin of their teeth so to speak, but that the process leading to their salvation was one that was difficult and fraught with challenge.
Salvation is free, but it is not cheap.
There was the whole process of the Old Testament history
Which, according to Galatians, was meant to be a school master to bring us to Christ.
There was the persecution of the prophets
who, one after the other, pointed men to a Saviour and were often abused and frequently gave their lives for the message
There was the coming of the Saviour Himself
who was despised and rejected of men.
- There was the persecution of the Apostles and early Christians
- There have been the perversions of the Gospel by various churches
- There is the hardness of the heart to the Gospel
Truly, that any find their way to that narrow way that leads to eternal life is a miracle of God.