What kind of people does God save?
Luke 19:10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
We like to think that we are a little less lost than the next fellow. But lost is lost.
Jeremiah 3:5: Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest.
Only the Holy Spirit restrains us from doing more evil than someone else. The restraint does not come from within us. Even the 12 disciples behaved like a bunch of ungrateful vultures the evening before Jesus died on the cross.
Luke 22:22-24: And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! 23 And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. 24 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.
They behaved that way within moments after He told them some pretty awful things that would befall Him. He had just told them that He would suffer, that He would not eat or drink again until He would do it in the Kingdom of God, that His body is given for them and His blood is shed for them and that He would be betrayed. They seemed to ignore what He said and quickly became concerned about self.
Luke 22:15-21: And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: 16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. 17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. 19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. 21 But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.
We do that too. We ignore what He said and often become concerned about self.