Evening, July 30, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“The one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” — John 6:37
No limit is set to the duration of this promise. It does not merely say, “I will not cast out a sinner when he first comes to me,” but, “I will certainly not cast out.” The original reads, “I will not, not cast out,” or “I will never, never cast out.” The text means that Christ will not at first reject a believer; and that since he will not do it at first, so he will not to the last.
But suppose the believer sins after coming? “If any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” But suppose that believers backslide? “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for my anger is turned away from him.” But believers may fall under temptation! “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” But the believer may fall into sin as David did! Yes, but he will “Purge them with hyssop, and they shall be clean; he will wash them and they shall be whiter than snow”; “From all their iniquities will I cleanse them.”
“Once in Christ, in Christ forever,
Nothing from his love can sever.”
“I give to my sheep,” he says, “eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man snatch them out of my hand.” What do you say to this, Oh unsteady, weak mind? Is not this a priceless mercy, that in coming to Christ, you do not come to One who will treat you well for a little while, and then send you out on your own, but he will receive you and make you his bride, and you shall be his forever? Don’t receive any longer the spirit of bondage again to fear, but rather the spirit of adoption in which you shall cry, Abba, Father! Oh! the grace of these words: “I will certainly not cast out.”