The greatest concern for us after we are saved is the salvation of our family and friends. I don’t believe God gives salvation to all in a household automatically. If there are unbelievers in the home they will not be saved unless they believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The following scriptures clearly state this fact.
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?” Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
Salvation is an individual action. People must hear the gospel first and then by faith they are saved. Some people have used the following scripture to teach about household salvation.
“So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (NKJ)
As you can see this scripture states that you must believe in Jesus Christ in order to be saved. Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:34-36 that he will bring division into the household.
“Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword. ‘I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Your enemies will be right in your own household!’"
Therefore, for our loved ones to be saved, they must ask Jesus Christ into their hearts as their Lord and Savior. There is no other way into the Kingdom but through Him. So, continue to pray for those who have not accepted Jesus Christ - that their hearts will be open to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
As Charles Spurgeon said: “…though grace does not run in the blood, and regeneration is not of blood nor of birth, yet doth it very frequently—I was about to say almost always—happen that God, by means of one of a household, draws the rest to himself. He calls an individual, and then uses him to be a sort of spiritual decoy to bring the rest of the family into the gospel net.”
Salvation is, in short, deliverance from sin, deliverance from the guilt of it, from the punishment of it, and from the power of it.
Prayers for the Salvation of Loved Ones