FAITH TO COME UNTO JESUS, #549
"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not." (JOH 6:35-36)
We spoke last week about the Bread of Life, and how it is referring to unleavened bread. So we want to continue this thought of the unleavened bread as being the bread of life. I want you to see how the worldly Christian has no appetite for unleavened bread, which is the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Worldly Christians want to come to Christ through some sort of meritorious act of their own. They want to have the credit that they have done something whereby life has been merited.
The multitude asked Jesus in JOH 6:28. "Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?" They wanted to know if there was something they could do that would make them worthy.
Notice the woman at the well. She was unwilling to come down to the place of being a beggar and a pauper before Christ, until Divine grace directed her eye of faith unto the "gift of God." When our eye of faith is directed to see the gift of God, we see how the Father in such condescending love gave His Son because of the love He had for His people. Until we learn to understand the love of the Father in the gift of His Son, in the love of the Son in giving Himself, we will never understand the true nature of sin.
You can come under the proclamation of a gospel that preaches hell and damnation, fire and brimstone and all the terrors of the Law of Mount Sinai, and it will never draw you unto Christ. But you can be drawn to Christ when you learn to understand the gift of God, the love of the Father in giving His Son, and the displeasure of God upon sin. God would rather that His Son would pay the price by the shedding of His own blood rather than to leave one sin unpunished. Thus, sin becomes exceeding sinful. Then we learn to understand that we must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and as I explained, that means that we come under the rule and the reign of Christ. Then it is our chiefest desire to know and do His will.
This is what we see in JOH 4:10. "Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water."
If you learn to understand that you become a beggar, coming before the Lord Jesus Christ as a needy sinner.
Now our Savior told the multitude, "This is the work of God that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.... But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. (JOH 6:29, 36)
We have seen the Lord Jesus Christ after the flesh. In other words we may have an intellectual understanding of Christ and of His sacrifice. We may have an intellectual understanding of who He is and what He has done, and yet have never had an eye of faith to see Him and the gift of His love, to never have learned to understand the saving unction that there is in His love and in His blood.
Unbelief is the greatest obstacle that Satan uses to keep the flock of Christ from coming unto Him to feed upon that unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. You have to understand what unbelief is. It is the rebellion that is in the heart by nature that refuses to come under the service of Christ. And what the Lord Jesus is saying is: You have seen Me but you will not believe upon Me. In other words, you will not surrender your rebellious will and come under My service.
In JOH 6:35 Jesus says, "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." What does it mean to come unto Christ? What is it to come by faith? He is showing us how that unbelief is that obstacle that keeps us from Christ.
The central theme of our text is saving faith. We must look into what it is to come unto Christ by faith.
Our Saviour's response to the multitude's comparison between "manna" and the bread that came down from heaven is again a rebuke for their unbelief.
Notice what the multitude said: "Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven." (JOH 6:31-32) See how Jesus distinguished between "manna" and "the true bread from heaven."
What was the Lord Jesus showing to distinguish between manna and the bread that came down from heaven? As I pointed out last week, there is a distinction between unleavened bread and leavened bread--the leavened bread of hypocrisy and the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Jesus was telling them of the distinction between the manna they had in the wilderness and the true bread that comes down from heaven.
Their answer to Jesus was, "Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat." See how He distinguishes between manna and the true bread from heaven. "Then, Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven." (JOH 6:32)
What does that word manna mean? The Jews call it manna; He calls it bread. I want you to see the distinction. This word manna comes from the Hebrew word man (M-A-N), which means, "What is this?" It means: Who? Where? What? The very word manna denotes unbelief, and we have to understand the distinction that Christ is giving us here. They didnt believe that it was bread that came down from heaven that had a spiritual significance. They were seeking only for the bread that satisfied their natural bodies; that is all they saw in manna.
When the mixed multitude rebelled against the Lord, and they coveted after the fish and they fell a lusting after the fleshpots of Egypt, then they called it manna. I want you to see this in NUM 11:5-6. "We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes."
Do you see how they despised that bread from heaven? They did not understand its spiritual significance at all. That is what the Jews are speaking about here. They are talking about a debt to satisfy their natural bodies. They did not distinguish the spiritual significance of bread that came down from heaven to be the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. They did not understand that it would break their hard and rebellious hearts.
The Lord called it "manna" when He was recounting all of Israel's unbelief and evil ways. PSA 78:22 says, "Because they believed not in God." The Lord is telling us here about a rebellious people who refused to believe, because they believed not in God and trusted not in his salvation. Verses 23 and 24 continue, "Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven." The Lord referred to it as "manna." He referred to it as their unbelief.
Yet, when the Lord recounted all His mercies, which called for His praise, then He called it "bread." In PSA 105:38-42 we see how that the same bread from heaven is not referred to as manna. "Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them. He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night. The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. He opened the rock [a symbol of Christ, the bread from heaven], and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river. For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant."
When God is recounting the wonders of His blessings and of His grace He refers to it as bread.
Let's notice what Jesus taught about every person by nature. In JOH 5:39-40, He says, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life."
He put His finger on the very spot where the cancer was--the will. They will not. What holds people away from coming to Christ is that they will not come. Their will is corrupted. Their will has been corrupted by the mere fact that they cant come to the light because the light reveals the corruption of their heart. That is why they will not come.
Natural man may search the Scriptures and gain an intellectual knowledge and still never see the Excellencies of Christ. The natural mind does not understand these things. As we see in SON 5:16, "His mouth is most sweet [The gracious words that flow from His mouth are so sweet]: yea, he is altogether lovely."
What do we see in Christ if we understand Him as the bread of Life? We see that unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. We see that self-sacrificial love. We see that self-crucifixion, that walking in the way of crucifying of self, which comes so against human nature.
By nature we all want to get acceleration. As I have explained before, the apostle Paul says, "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." (1 CO 13:11) What does the apostle mean when he says that? Do you children understand what he meant by that? I want you to stop and think about this. When you are little, you are always talking about when you get big. When you start school, then you start talking about when I get through school. When I get big, then Im going to do this. When I get in college, then Im going to do that. And when I get--everything keeps accelerating. In other words, it keeps going forward, getting bigger and bigger and bigger.
But when we become spiritually mature, do you know what happens? Everything starts decreasing. We come from being such a big person and come back to being a little child, because until we become as a little child we cannot enter the kingdom of Christ. We cannot serve Christ when we are so big in our sight. The Lord Jesus says we must take up our cross and follow Him. Do you know what that means? That we crucify all this that makes us big in our self.
This goes against our human nature. And when we dont understand this, then we dont understand SON 5:16. It says, "He is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend." Who is this? The Lord Jesus Christ, who was the King of kings, the Lord of Glory, and He condescended to come down. He decreased; He came down, and became a man. And not only that, He willingly came down, of His own free will, not of any compulsion from the Father. He gave Himself and He stepped under the wrath of the Father, and allowed Himself to be crucified. He allowed Himself to be put to open shame and to be slain as a malefactor.
"This is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem." See, this beauty, natural man will never see. The natural mind will never comprehend the beauty there is in Christ.
To the natural man Christ is seen as the prophet Isaiah prophesied of in ISA 53:3. "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not." This is what the Jews were doing to Him in JOH 6. The Lord Jesus Christ was pointing out to them, that "ye will not come unto me." You are not willing.
The doctrines of Christ's substitutionary death may be intellectually understood. There can be a historical faith. One may frequently sing His praises and take His name upon their lips, professing to believe on Jesus Christ as their only hope of salvation, while their hearts are far from Him. What the Lord wants is your heart, a heart religion. He wants us to serve Him from a motive of love.
In ISA 29:13, it says, "Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men." In other words, they are taught a slavish fear. They are taught a legalism. They are taught a bunch of dos and donts and a legalistic fear, but they have never had their hearts brought back unto the Lord. Human reasoning is held above the authority of God's Word! Until the Lord performs a work of grace in our hearts, we all have our affections on the things of this world.
In GAL 5:24 I want you to see who they are that truly come to Christ. The Lord Jesus is telling us He is the bread of Life. Those who come to Him are the ones who are blessed. "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." Those who come to Christ come in the way of the cross. They come in the way of taking up their cross, crucifying that old ugly monster self, crucifying everything of the flesh, crucifying everything that stands between us and God. As Pastor Romain often said, "Lord, give us to die some today--to die unto self, to die unto the world."
Verses 25 and 26 continue, "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another." You see how that it immediately talks about having crucified the flesh. Crucifying that ugly attitude of ours, that attitude of competition, of envying one another and provoking one another. You know we all have to fight against these things, and they have to be crucified. It isnt something that we say, "Well maybe it has to be given to God, and He will do something." No, we are called upon to examine and search our own hearts and to see if there is an evil way within us. And if there is, we then lay it before the Lord to deliver us from this sin.
We dont go hunting with a shot gun and scatter BBs expecting to hit the whole group of deer in the brush and say, "I might have killed some of you." No, we have to go with a rifle and put a cross hair right on the heart of the deer that we are going to shoot that we might get one.
When we go to identify our sins we must identify each sin. We must search and search our hearts and we must identify the very sin that stands between our Lord and us. We must put the cross hair right on it and say, "Lord deliver me from this sin." We cant just generalize our sins. No, it has to come much closer to home than that. Weve got to identify each sin. We must be able to come and say, "Lord, I was envious against that person today." And then ask, "Deliver me from that sin, and forgive me of that sin."
Our Saviour gives such a blessed invitation to those who labor under the load of sin to come unto Him and into His service. Look in MAT 11:28. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Do you see who it is that is excluded? Those who will not come. Now whom does it include? It includes those who feel their need of Him, who have learned to understand their need of Him. In verse 29 He says, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." There is such a beauty in Him, the "I am meek and lowly in heart."
We must hold this blessed gospel invitation by the compassionate Saviour in its context. The "all" is at once qualified clearly "all ye that labour and are heavy laden." It excludes no one, except those who are self-sufficient, who have no need of Him, and who have no desire for Him. This invitation does not go out to those who are seeking rest in self-fulfillment of the things of this world. He does not say, "Come all of you who are satisfied in this world." He says, "Come all of you who are laboring under the load of sin."
This invitation is clearly for those who labor under the load of that old ugly monster of "self." There is no greater enemy than self. Do you know why? The devil is an enemy, but the devil can only conquer when you open the door and let him in. So, who is the enemy? Right here: It is when our own evil nature goes into dialogue with him, and starts covenanting with Satan that we become his bondservants. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
So many people want to put all the blame on Satan and not take any home with them. Do you know what the problem is? It begins with self. When we learn to understand what it is to labor under that load of the corruption of our own evil heart, then we have to come before the Lord to have a deliverance from each sin. When we have one of those sins that so easily beset us (HEB 12:1), we must come before the Lord and ask Him to deliver us from that particular sin, and we must strive against that sin.
Coming to Christ is not the easy matter as most present it. It is much more than just raising your hand, walking the aisle, or signing some decision card. These are inventions of man spoken of in ECC 7:29. "Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions." Man wants to invent a salvation whereby we can take all of our baggage with us, where we can keep our pride, our envy, and all of our hateful heart, and can keep it all and still go to heaven. Man wants to invent a salvation without repentance.
Coming to Christ means coming by the way of the cross. It means to come in the way of repentance. Coming to Christ is more than the mere exercise of a human decision. Our Saviour declares that such an act is utterly impossible without Divine drawing power. In JOH 6:44, He says, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." And in JOH 6:37, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
Why is that?
This assurance of God's unconditional electing love is invaluable to those who have learned to feel the power of indwelling sin. If you know and have learned the burden and sin of your own heart and have come to see how hell-worthy you are, there is nothing more comfortable and more encouraging than the blessed assurance of all that the Father giveth me shall come. What a consolation we have in that spiritual warfare has begun in your soul and you have struggled against the powers of sin and Satan. No power of hell can prevail against Gods love.
"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." The hatred and untiring efforts of Satan to deceive will never be able to overcome those who have learned to understand the power of indwelling sin. All of Satans deceiving devices will fail. We may go from church to church, and from chapel to chapel, and from here to there, but any church that has deceit in its doctrine will never be able deceive one of those whom the Father has given to His Son--all the delusions of all the false doctrines will fail. We read in MAT 24:24. "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible [if it were possible], they shall deceive the very elect."
What a consolation there is if you are one who the Father has given unto His Son, you will never perish on account of being deceived, because God will work in you to will and do of His good pleasure.
When God's appointed hour arrives, you and I may feel that we are captives and bondservants of sin, and that we have no power within ourselves to be able to deliver ourselves from this. However, in His time, when the Father has given those to His Son in the time of His love, He delivers us from that power of sin.
COL 1:12 says, "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet [or in other words fit in character] to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light." God the Father does this through His working of grace. Verse 13 continues, "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son." What thanksgiving and praise we owe to the Father of love, who has given His own Son and has worked His grace in our hearts, and has molded our character so that we are fit to be partakers of this inheritance.
How does He do that? He delivers us from the power of darkness. He delivers us from the power of sin and then translates us into the kingdom of His dear Son in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sin.
You see, a lot of people would like to have the forgiveness of sins up front and then talk about repentance later. Well, thats not the way it works. When you see the chronology of how the Scripture brings it forth, we see the character being molded. We see the redemption from the power of sin, and the translation into the kingdom of His Son. We come into His service, we come to serve Him and then verse 14 says, "In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins."
We dont come to an assurance of the forgiveness of our sins and continue to dwell in sin. The Lord doesnt come to save any people in sin. He comes to save us from sin.
The unconditional election of the Father assures each one of His elect that they shall come. There is that absolute assurance. We might see one of our loved ones, who we may believe that the Lord has chosen from eternity, and see them in a backsliding condition and we may seem to think that the power of sin will drag them into hell. Oh, what a consolation we have if they are ones whom the Father has given to His Son. They shall come. They shall come to Christ in His appointed time and way. They will come without regard for their worthiness or for regard to their unworthiness or anything in themselves.
Many a time, when the Lord begins to work grace in a soul, it is while that soul is walking in the broad road to hell. The Lord will come and take them in one way or another and He will work His grace in that soul. Not because they were walking in such a way that they deserved it. Coming to Christ involves an unconditional surrender to His terms. You know there are so many who would like to serve the Lord, and there are so many who would like to go to heaven, but they want to do it on their own terms.
Look what we read in LUK 14:26. "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." When you take that word hate in the original it means love them less. We must love our father and our mother less than we love Him. If we are put to the test, we must be willing to give them up if necessary, before we would give up Christ.
You see, there is only one set of terms under which we can come into His discipleship, under which we can come into His service and that is under His terms. The Lord Jesus Christ will not allow Himself to stand in competition with anything of the flesh. The Lord is not going to stand in competition with the love that you have for your partner or for your children or for your father and mother. The way of the cross is the badge of our discipleship. Are we wearing his badge? That means that we are going to come to Him in the way of the cross. Verse 27 says, "And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple."
We must be able and willing to crucify everything of self and put Christ in first place. The Lord Jesus Christ is not going to compete with Joseph Smith. He is not going to compete with mother Mary. He is not going to compete with any doctrine of any human reasoning or anything that we might want to believe. You and I must come to an unconditional surrender. That is what the Lord says in His Word. It is "thus saith the Lord." We are not going to have anything that stands between Him and us. The Lord will purge away all the dross.
The "cross," which is the badge of Christian discipleship, is not the golden one worn on the body, but the principle of self-denial and self-sacrifice ruling in the heart. Taking up our cross to follow Christ, coming to Christ in the way of the cross is by the way of self-denial and self-sacrifice ruling in our hearts.
This is such undeniable evidence. When we have that evidence, we have the full assurance that we are His disciples, that coming to Christ is a Divine work. Who by nature would even desire to come under such terms?
I want you to examine your own heart. From your heart you are able to sacrifice everything of self. You are able to conform to that blessed image of Christ. Do you have any reason to question whether or not the Father has given you to the Son that you might come unto the Son?
One time I went into a bar to find a man that I had come a long way to see. The thing that caught my eye was a man playing pool with a young girl. When I had watched that for about two minutes, I walked out of there with such an absolute full assurance in my soul that the Lord had worked His grace in my heart. I could see the spirit of that man, and see that he had no care for anything in this world except merriment, pleasure, enjoyment in this life. I just saw such a contrast between the spirit of that man and the spirit that the Lord had placed in my heart that I could walk out of there with absolute assurance in my soul that God had worked grace in my heart.
Why? Who wants to walk in such a self-sacrificing way? Its against the flesh. Who wants to walk in the way of the cross? Only those whom the Father has given to His Son.
This test of love proves that Christ has no pleasure in any who are not motivated by love. 1JO 4:8 says, "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." When our hearts are set upon Christ, and when He is the center of our affections, then our affections dont go out to the things of this world. Verse 9 continues, "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him." In other words, through His self-sacrificing love in our life. That is the life cord, the cord whereby we obtain all of our life-giving substance.
Until a living soul learns to see the indwelling sin of his own heart he will have no desire to come unto Christ. When the Lord Jesus says, "Ye will not come unto me that ye might have life," it is because they have never learned to see the indwelling sin of their own hearts. They have never learned to understand their need of Christ.
1PE 2:4 says, "To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men [our natural mind will disallow this stuff and we come unto this stone, which is a Living Stone, disallowed indeed of men], but chosen of God, and precious." You see the distinction between those whom the Father has given unto His Son and those whom He has not given. The distinction is in their affections. They see that He is precious.
As we learn to see that Living Stone as the foundation of our hope, we receive power to resist the power of sin. Can you tell me anything that gives you more power against sin than a faith view of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane and how He was beseeching His Father. He says, "If it be thy will, let this cup pass from me." And here in the Fathers love, that He could restrain the love He had for His own Son before He could let one sin go unpunished. You see how the power of sin loses its power. When we see such blessed love of the Father, and when we see such blessed love of the Son, and when we see the righteous demands of the Father going out upon His own Son before He would let one sin go unpunished, this is when sin loses its power.
1PE 2:1 says, "Wherefore laying aside all malice [Can you have a heart of malice, a heart of bitterness against your fellow man, if you have had a faith view of the love of God?] and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings." Think of what a monster of sin we have to lay aside. When we learn to see Gods displeasure upon these sins, this is what brings us to Christ. It is to see the corruption of our own heart and to see Gods displeasure upon that. Thats what makes Christ become so precious and what makes Him become so attractive. Verses 2 and 3 say, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious."
Have you ever had a taste of the gracious love of the Father? Have you ever had a taste of His grace? If we have, then we become as newborn babes. We desire that sincere milk of the word and desire to know His will. We desire to know what He would have us to do. Then our will becomes totally dissolved in the will of God. When our will becomes dissolved in the will of God then we have such undeniable evidence that the Father has given us unto the Son. Because those whom the Father has given, they will come. How do they come? "With weeping and with supplication will I lead them." (JER 31:9a) They learn to weep over their sin. They learn to understand the grievousness of their sin, and with weeping and supplication He leads them unto His dear Son.
"To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men [that Living Stone, that blessed Christ, that Lord Jesus Christ, disallowed indeed of natural man], but chosen of God, and precious." (1PE 2:4)
Christ becomes so precious when we learn to see that all we need for time and eternity is stored up in Him, when we see that in Him is that fountain for cleansing. We see that in Him is that bread of life and we have spiritual nourishment. We see that in Him is that fountain of all living waters, where our soul can be satisfied. We see that He is so all-together lovely. Then we see that all is stored up in Him.
Our text says in JOH 6:35, "And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger [you see what is all stored up in that all blessed Christ, we shall never hunger]; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst."
Do we understand what it is to be in a waste-howling wilderness and our souls hungering and thirsting after righteousness? We see the pollution of sin. We see the depravity of our own hearts, and we have such a desire to be cleansed. We have such a desire to be fed with that perfect righteousness of Christ. And He says here, "Shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." Who? He that cometh to me. And who will come to him? All that the Father has given Him will come.
Coming to Christ when we are weary, we find refreshment in Him. ISA 40:31 says, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." They that wait upon the Lord find refreshment.
When we are sick we find healing in coming to Christ. EXO 15:26 says, "If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee."
We see the calamity that comes upon the earth. We are not to stand and judge the person and say, "Well now the Lord brought that judgment upon that person because that person did that sin." Im not saying that, but we see the sin of a nation. We see the sin of a world. We see the sins that are around about us. And we see Gods judgments upon us. We see diseases. He says, "I will not bring the diseases upon you that I brought upon Egypt."
There is a disease that goes over the world today that is called AIDS. Do you know what it is? It is a disease that God has given for pernicious living. God has given that disease, and those who are afflicted with it, for the most part, will defy God. Why? They have no desire after the knowledge of His ways. But the Lord says, "If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes." Oh, are we talking about a duty religion now? Are we talking about merit? No. We are talking about the fruit of salvation. Those who have hearts that are tender for the Lord, who are willing and desirous to walk in His ways. He says, "I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee."
There is a healing balm in the blood of Christ, and it also in a spiritual sense this is speaking of the spiritual diseases.
When we are sad we come to Christ for comfort. 1PE 5:6-7 says, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." Sometimes we can become so perplexed about the things of this life, and it is because we have taken our eyes off Christ. He says to cast all your care upon Him, for He careth for you. There is such a healing balm in Christ. He has a cure for every disease.
God's dear children find that when they are tempted they must come unto Christ who was tempted. There is such a blessed consolation that we see in HEB 2:18. "For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted." When we learn to look to Christ and see Him in the way of His temptation and how that He was tempted in all things even as we are, yet without sin, then it doesnt matter what temptation we are tempted with. Satan tempted our Saviour in the exact same sin. The difference was He did not fall. He did not yield to that temptation. Now He understands the power of that temptation. He understands it so intimately for in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted; He is able to succour those who are tempted. Thats a blessed consolation for those who do come to Christ.
There is such preciousness in the eternal security of God's dear children who have come to Christ as it says in HEB 13:8. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." He doesnt alter. The love that Christ has had for you from eternity doesnt become marred by our sin. Even though we have sinned against Him and have transgressed His holy will. Even though we see what reproach we bring upon Him daily by our unbelief and by our walk and by the nature of our heart. Even though we see this, it does not alter His love for us. He is the same yesterday. The same love that He has had for us from eternity, He has for you today. The same love that He has today, He has for you for all eternity. That same love from eternity has been unmarred for all eternity.
As it says in HEB 7:25-26, "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." You see His unchanging love, His unchanging condescending love, this salvation that is "unto the uttermost." He is able to save them to the uttermost, and this salvation that is unto the uttermost, that is for evermore, is beautifully described in JOH 13:1: "Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end."
What does that mean? He loved them even "unto death, even the death of the cross." He loved them unto the end. Do you know why? Because His love sprang from eternity, and it is to eternity. He is forever the same. Think of the blessedness of the eternal security there is in Christ's prayers. He intercedes for us, "seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."
As we see in HEB 7:25-26, "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens." He ever liveth. He lives through all eternity. He is seated at the right hand of the Father to make intercession for us.
Jesus said in our text in JOH 6:35-36, "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye have also seen me, and believe not."
This is where we need to examine our hearts. Do you have the evidences we spoke of this morning? Do we have that desire? Do we have that turning from sin? Do we know what sin and the pollution of sin are in the sight of a Holy God that we might deliver us from sin? Amen.
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