ONLY THOSE WHO THE FATHER GAVE TO CHRIST SHALL COME, #550
"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." (JOH 6:37)
This coming to Christ is so important for us to understand that we certainly do not want to pass it over lightly. There are so many avenues and so many aspects connected with coming to Christ that it is very important that we dwell on them and uncover each of these areas in a separate way.
Natural man, who has never learned the depravity of the human heart as a result of the fall, does not understand what Jesus said in JOH 6:44. "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."
Now this seems to be a contradiction until we understand what it means to come to Christ--for us to rightly understand what it means that no man can come unto Christ except the Father draws him. Why is it that you and I are unable to come to Christ without the drawing power of the Father? And yet the Lord Jesus says, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
We need to rightly divide these truths to have a right understanding of what it means to come to Christ. Millions will spend eternity in hell who have thought they were in Christ. In MAT 7:22, Jesus says, "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?"
Multitudes shall say Lord, Lord, and Jesus will answer them as in verse 23, "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
This is awesome, that we understand rightly what it means to come to Christ, that we will not be among the multitude Jesus speaks of on the Day of Judgment, who will come and make profession that they have come to Christ, that they have died believing in Christ. They died believing that Christ is their Saviour. They have died trusting their whole salvation on Christ. And yet He will say, "Depart from me. I never knew you." It is so important for each one of us to rightly understand what it is to come to Christ. He will say to them, Because you are workers of iniquity. They never came to repentance. They never had the renewal of the heart. They never had that new nature engrafted in them. They never understood what it was to come to a self-sacrificial life. They never understood what it was to walk in the way of the cross, crucifying the self. And the Lord Jesus will say to them, "Depart, I never knew you."
We are still in this life. We are still in the day of grace. We read in EPH 4:14 that many will go out to deceive, "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. It is so important that we rightly divide the word of God and understand whether or not we do have salvation.
What natural man fails to see is why they do not come to Christ until the Father draws them. ROM 8:7 tells us why. "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."
You and I are by nature carnal. We by nature love the things that pertain to this life. We may have an intellectual understanding of Christ and never have learned to know Him personally as our Saviour, because we are not able to come to Him until the Father draws us.
Natural man finds that coming to Christ means coming to the light. I want you to understand that this is where the barrier lays. Natural man has a Christ, but not the Christ of the Bible. When we come to Christ does it bring us to the light? Does it turn on the light so we see every deceit and every corruption of our own heart? That is the Christ of the Bible. He is light.
JOH 1:4 says, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men."
The prophecies foretold that Christ's coming was to give light. Do we serve in the kingdom of darkness or in the kingdom of light? Look with me at LUK 1:78-79. Look how it was foretold that the coming of Christ was to bring Light. "Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace." That is what the Messiah came for-to give Light.
The reason no man can come to Jesus Christ except the Father draw him is because he cannot come to the light "lest his deeds should be reproved."
These verses are speaking of the light of heaven shining in your soul. It shows you your wrong attitudes. It shows you that indication that you dont love your brother. It shows all selfishness. It reveals hypocrisy. Our deeds are made manifest.
Look at JOH 3:19 and see why the world cannot come to Christ. "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."
If a person has a covetous heart, he can put on a front to be the most polished Christian in the world, and yet have a heart that is filled with lying, cheating, corruption, and covetousness. When the light comes on and the Holy Spirit takes Christ and reveals Christ in me, all of
a sudden my heart is revealed. Now the heart shows the covetousness that is in it. What does it say? It is condemnation. The light condemns me. And what does it do? It makes it that I cannot come to Christ because my deeds are evil. The light condemns me.
Verse 20 continues, "For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved." Do you see why we cannot come to Christ except the Father draw us? Unless the Father comes with His Holy Spirit in our hearts and makes us honest before God and makes us desire to see the corruption of our hearts that we may repent of it. Unless the Father grants us this grace, we cannot come to the light, because when we come to the light, the nature of our heart is exposed.
Our text says, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." (JOH 6:37) Isnt that a blessed consolation? All that the Father gives unto the Son shall come. Why? Because by the working of the Holy Spirit in the heart, our hearts are made honest before God. Now we want to come to the light that we may have our hearts revealed. Why? Then we can repent of the evil of our nature. That is coming to Christ. When we come to the light, the light reveals to us who we are. Now we desire to come to the light and have our hearts revealed. Then with the Lords grace, we can repent of the revealed sins.
It is only those whom the Father has given unto His dear Son who will come to the Lord Jesus Christ when their enmity against Christ becomes revealed. Our hearts become transparent before God, and every evil and covetous thought and every unclean nature that we find is revealed before that light. By grace we are able to come to that light, that we might be revealed. The honest preaching of the gospel reveals us and leads us to repentance.
Do you see why the Lord Jesus will say this to the multitude who will say, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and cast out devils and done all these wonderful things?" They have never taught repentance. They never taught what it is to have their hearts revealed before God, and to have their hearts become honest before God, so they can come to the Lord that their hearts might be revealed, that they might repent of their sin.
Jesus says, "Depart, ye that work iniquity." In other words, you have not repented. You are still walking in those sins. You have not come to Christ. Even though you may have preached Him. Even though you may have heard Him preached. Even though you may have cast out devils in His name, you still have a heart that is filled with covetousness. You still have a heart that is filled with sin. You are not walking in that spirit of the law of love, that is you do not do unto others as you would they do unto you.
Now we get into that word do. What does the Lord Jesus say about those who are building on the foundation? They are those who hear His sayings and do them. He says, "Love one another as I have loved you." Do you know how he loved us? He took His lifeblood to cover our sins. When our hearts are made right before the Lord, then we can come to Christ. Do you know why? Then we have a desire for our brothers good. We would never do anything to our brother that we wouldnt want him to do to us.
I want you to see where the gospel begins and how the light brought repentance. Look at MAT 4:16. "The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up." What happens next? Look at verse 17. "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
When the light comes on and the heart gets revealed, we begin to realize that we are sinful by nature. When that light comes on, the Lord Jesus begins by saying, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Do you know what it means: the kingdom of heaven is at hand? That means, dont wait until you go to heaven. Its here today. Today we enter His service. Today we come under His kingship. Today we start walking in the footsteps of Christ. Its at hand. Its here today. And if we dont enter His kingdom, if we dont come into His service in this life, we are not going to serve Him in eternity either.
Its so important that we see that they sat in the region of the shadow of death and light is sprung up. When light springs up, the light turns on and now we see. Now do you understand why you cannot come to the Christ except the Father draws you. It is because your sins stand between you and God. Until the light comes on and you see and understand the sinful nature of your heart and are given repentance, the light will only drive you away.
This light is the greatest obstacle to coming to Christ because there is nothing hidden from that light. That is the important thing for you and me to understand. He knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts before we think them. If you look at the example of a rebellious child, and he knows that he has done something for which he deserves to be punished and that child knows that his parents are fully aware of what he has done. Will that make him come to them? No. Not until he starts to understand the love of the father. Not until he understands that if the father does chasten him it is because he loves him. Then he would come, voluntarily. I dont mean you couldnt go out, get him, and drag him in, but the Lord doesnt want anybody drug in.
Do you know what the Lord wants? He wants you and me to serve Him voluntarily. How does He take such a rebel? When the light has come on we see we have sinned against Him - in thoughts, in words and in deeds, that our best righteousness is nothing but filthy rags in His sight. He draw us to Him by giving us a revelation of the gift of God, which is that He gave His Son for hell-worthy sinners. Then we start to understand the love of the Father and we understand that parental love and how that His love was so great that He would give His own Son to bear the penalty of our sins. Now that love draws us to Him, even though we are guilty and sinful. It is the Father who draws. It is that love of God that draws us unto Christ.
See what an obstacle light is in coming to Christ. LUK 12:2-5 says, "For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him."
Now, this is not talking about a slavish fear. This is talking about having a holy, reverent, filial fear. He wants us to have a holy reverence for His will.
This revelation of the inner secrets of the heart is what makes the truth so condemning to those who are yet carnal and outside of Christ. Have you ever had somebody uncover something that you know is right in the recesses of your heart and it totally condemns you? Can you imagine the all-searching eye of God and how He turns the light on not only that He sees it, but that He shows it to you.
If it wasnt that we see the love of God, it would only drive us away from Him. That is why it is only those whom the Father draws who can come. When the Lord turns on our light and we get to see who we are, unless we see that God is a loving God, it would only drive us away. We cannot come.
I want you to see how the light became the scribes and Pharisees condemnation. The inner secrets of the heart are open before God. JOH 8:3-5 is such a beautiful illustration of how the light comes on. This revelation of the inner secrets of the heart is what makes the truth so condemning to those who are yet carnal and outside of Christ. "And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?"
What is the Lord teaching us here? It is so easy to look into another persons heart and another persons sin and start throwing stones at them. They are coming to Jesus and saying, "Moses commanded that such a one should be stoned. What do you say?"
See how the light became their condemnation! Those who brought her were Pharisees. These are the ones who touching the law were blameless. In verse 7 it says, "So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." What happened? He gave them a glimpse of light. "And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst."
Now, under the law of Moses, a woman who committed adultery must be stoned to death. She was guilty of a capital crime. The Pharisees, as touching the law, were blameless. They had never violated the law - the letter of the law - but when the light came on, when the Holy Spirit opened their understanding, they saw their hearts sin. Do you know what happened? They were so convicted in their own hearts that they didnt have one stone left to throw. Not even one to throw at that woman who was guilty of a capital crime.
This is what we need to understand when the light comes on, when we learn to understand our hearts. That pile of stones we have to throw at other people becomes extinguished.
The gospel of Christ teaches that we cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve God and serve the flesh.
Look in 1JO 1:5-7. "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness [in other words, if you claim that you have fellowship with God and you have some things that you dont dare have revealed in the light, you are a liar and the truth isnt in you. You only profess to be walking with God if you have secret sins that you think are hidden from everyone. That is what he says here, If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness], we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
We have no cleansing from our sins while we are walking in sin. While we are walking with a heart that is not naked and open before God. When we think we are hiding something from the Lord, we do not have a pardon for our sins.
Any faithful preaching of the gospel is clearly defined in the calling and commission received by the apostle Paul. So many today profess to be proclaiming the gospel, but are they faithful messengers of Christ? In ACT 26:18 we see the commission God gives to a faithful minister: "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me." When we come under the preaching of the Word, do we find that it opens our eyes, does it give us to understand the true nature of sin, does it teach us that we must turn from darkness unto light and from the power of Satan unto God?
See where forgiveness of sins comes in. First there is turning from darkness to light. If that hasnt happened there is no forgiveness of sin. This is faithful preaching. This is what God commissioned the apostle Paul as a faithful apostle of Jesus Christ to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God that they may receive forgiveness of sin. We may not receive forgiveness of sin because the Lord will not forgive us until we have been turned from darkness unto light.
Natural man's inability to come to Christ is not due to any physical or mental deficiency. You see, there is something that Satan loves. He wants to have it that either you can do it all yourself or he wants to put all the blame on God and justify living in sin.
I want you to think about this thing called inability. In the fall we did not lose our ability to rationalize. We still have a rational mind. In the fall we did not lose our eyesight. In the fall we did not lose our appetite, or our ability to discern between sweet and bitter. We did not lose these faculties in the fall. So when we talk about inability, where does it lay?
1). Natural man's same feet that take him to the places of worldly entertainment will also take him to the place where the gospel is preached.
Did you ever think about that? Can we plead inability because we are not able to come to Christ and say, "Now these feet wont bring me to church where I can hear a faithful minister of the gospel?" No. It didnt do that to us, did it?
2). These same eyes, which we so often use to behold the vanities of this world and to entertain our vain imaginations.
So often, people will spend time watching vanity and violence on television or reading the daily newspaper. Those same eyes will serve you in reading the word of God. We didnt lose our ability to read the word of God.
3). The same lips and voice that are so often used for idle jesting, talking, and singing of rock music can be used to call upon God for mercy.
We havent lost these abilities. Inability does not go in those areas. Not in that we are unable to come to the house of God and unable to call upon the Lord. Not that we are unable to ponder and meditate on His word. Thats not our problem. Our problem is in our desire, our will. We have no desire for those things until God gives us a new heart, until he gives us a new desire.
These faculties were not destroyed in the fall, but the desires of the heart and the will of man were corrupted by rebellion and sin. The great invitation of the gospel is to "whosoever will" come unto Jesus Christ, i.e., unto the light! Some people complain about inability and put it on God as though it is His fault that they cannot come to Christ. No. It is whosoever will.
REV 22:16-17 says, "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."
Now, you show me one word of inability in there. Ill show you where it lays. It lays in our corrupted desires, within the corruption of our affections. "Whosoever thirsts." Those who cannot come to the light dont thirst for righteousness. Thats why they dont come. Those who cannot come to the light because their evil nature will get revealed. They dont thirst after righteousness. They dont have a desire to come. The invitation is to whosoever will.
Now, do we come on the Day of Judgment and put the charge on Gods account and say, "Well, I was not able to come." Its because I will not come. And I will not come because of my evil nature, and that is where I need the sovereign grace of God. I need His electing love. I need the work of regeneration of the Holy Spirit to make me will and do of His good pleasure. Because by nature the carnal heart has no desire after the things of God. That is why we cant come to God and to Christ except the Father draws us.
Jesus clearly revealed the obstacle that keeps natural man from coming to Him in MAR 8:34-35. "Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it."
It is against our human nature to come in the way of self-denial. According to our human nature we desire to promote self and at the expense of our fellow man. If we are going to follow Christ in the way of the cross, then it crucifies self, and we do unto others as we would that they do unto us. Then we put the other person ahead of ourselves. And that is contrary to our human nature. That is why it takes grace to be able to walk in the way of the cross. That is why natural man cannot come to Christ except the Father draw him.
Jesus said in JOH 12:46-48, "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness." Isnt that beautiful? "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness." You and I will never feed upon leavened breadthe leaven of malice, hatred, and hypocrisy. We cannot feed on this if we have come to the light. Then we feed upon the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
I have often said, a woman must submit to her husband. The Bible says so. A woman must be willing to live for her husband, but her husband must be willing to die for her. I want to give you an illustration of this principle. Why is it that if a man is in his proper place that he will always walk up and open the door, take a step back, and let his wife go in first? Why does he do that? He is publicly demonstrating that he is preferring her ahead of himself. However, he cannot do that if she is trying to rule the roost over the top of him. When a woman is in her right place and she submits unconditionally to her husband and lives for her husband, now her husband can die for her. This is the relationship that we find in EPH 5 between Christ and His church.
When you and I are willing to unconditionally surrender to Christ and His Lordship, He dies for us.
EPH 5:24 says, "Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it." How did He love the church? He died for the church. And wives must love their husbands even as the church loves Christ. It is a beautiful relationship. This is the picture of harmony that Christ has in His church. When we become subject unto Christ, and we come to where we are unconditionally surrendered to His will, then He died for us.
We see the call of the gospel is ROM 13:12-14. "The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ [what does it mean put on the Lord Jesus Christ? In other words, be conformed to His blessed image. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ], and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
We put off rioting, drunkenness, chambering, strife, envy, and we come to the light. Then we want to be delivered from these things. We have a new desire to have a spirit of love and to start walking in the law of love.
When the Holy Spirit calls His people, light becomes their delight and the king of darkness becomes their dread. The thought that you would have a secret sin between you and the Lord and one that is coming between you and the Lord is the biggest dread of your life. Anything that comes between you and the Lord becomes your dread.
1PE 2:9 says, "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light." What is our evidence that we have salvation for our souls? That He has called us out of darkness and we have nothing within our hearts that we harbor as secret sin hiding it from the Lord. He has called us out of darkness into His marvellous light. We have a desire that all of our heart be naked and open before Him. We desire to be delivered from that sin and have that sin washed away, and to be conformed more and more unto His blessed image.
David cried after that armour of light. See how he used all his faculties for God's honor, just like the prodigal son coming to himself. He made a carefully planned repentance. True repentence isnt something where you sit on your chair and wait for God to do something and then all of the sudden you say, "Hey, I found out I just repented." No, it doesnt work that way. We focus our mind and our faculties that God has given us, and we put them to use to His glory. We make a carefully planned repentance.
Watch how David uses his faculties in PSA 119:49, 53. "Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law. Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage."
What did he do? He used his voice and his faculties. He used his feet to go to the house of God. He went there to sing songs of praises unto God. "Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage."
Verse 55 says, "I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law. This I had, because I kept thy precepts." His memory is put to use. We use all these faculties, left over after the fall, for Gods glory. "I have remembered thy name, O LORD."
He uses his memory, his voice, and his feet to go the house of God. He uses all these faculties for Gods praise.
Man's inability to come to Christ comes from the corrupt desires to serve self and sin, and a lack of desire to serve under the yoke of Christ. That is why we are not able to come unto Christ. It is because our sins stand between Him and us, and we are not willing to be cleansed from our sin.
1JO 5:3 says, "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." Is it grievous for us to hear what God commands of us? If it is it is because we dont come to the light. If it is our pleasure to come to the light and we see what His will is, then it becomes our chief delight to do His will. Verse 4 continues, "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."
When our enmity against God is broken, we can begin to understand the language of David, the man after God's own heart in PSA 51:5-7. "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. [Now we start to understand that kind of language and understand that we were born in sin.] Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom."
What does he say is the conclusion? Look at verse 7. "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."
When we learn to understand the nature of our hearts, we come the point where we desire cleansing. Those whom the Father has given unto His dear Son come unto Christ through the renewing of the whole heart and soul. It is not only their duty, but also their desire to come under the yoke of Christ.
PSA 1:1-3 says, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."
There is the blessing. Those who meditate in the law of God, who meditate in the Word of God, who meditate on His will, desire to know what would be pleasing to the Lord, and want to walk in His ways.
The obstacle of enmity against God and His will cannot be overcome in our own strength. You and I in our own strength cannot overcome this obstacle, but we can pray for it. We need the work of the Holy Spirit to walk in the will of God.
Jesus says in JOH 6:44, "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."
Our text says, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me." (JOH 6:37) And how do we come? All that the Father has given unto the Son receive the drawing power of the Father--which is not any outer force. It isnt that He comes and takes a hold of us physically. It is a powerful, effectual operation of the Spirit whereby the enmity is broken. If you have a child who has been rebellious, when that rebellion is broken, that child is in submission. This is what we need from God. We need our rebellion to be broken by the effectual operation of the Holy Spirit whereby our affections are changed. When our affections are changed, our taste buds are renewed. What used to taste so sweet, things that fed the flesh, become so bitter, and things that used to be so bitter, self-denial, self-crucifixion, those things used to come against our flesh so terribly, become so sweet. Then there is nothing that makes us overflow more with love to God than when we can come before the Lord with a heart that melts before Him. Our affections become altered.
EPH 4:14-15 says, "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ."
The distinction comes when we are delivered from these deceiving doctrines, "by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive." Verses 15 and 16 continue, "But speaking the truth in love, From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." That doesnt mean self-love, but self-sacrificial love, to love the other person ahead of us.
The body of the church is the body of Christ. Why is it when the Lord talks about having the bread for the Lords Supper that He doesnt just use a handful of wheat to make bread? It is because that way every kernel still remains an individual kernel. However, when those kernels are ground into flour, every kernel totally loses its identity. Now when we make bread out of flour, there is no individual identity, and that is a symbol of the body of Christ. It isnt that Im something and youre something and were something. No, "we are all jointly fit together, compacted by that which every joint supplieth according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body." And that body is one body, all individualism becomes extinguished.
Oh beloved, what a revelation it will be in the Day of Judgment when every living soul will be summoned to the gates of heaven. Have you ever heard the expression that we are going to go to heaven? I believe all human beings will go to heaven, but when they get to the gate, many will be on the fire escape going from there into hell. Now what will keep us out of that one?
This is an awesome thought in REV 21:22-23. "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof."
Have you ever thought of anything more awful than a human being that has not been willing to come to the light in this life and have found that the light was their condemnation? They have not come to the light, their deeds were evil, and they have remained and died that way. Now they come to the gate of heaven and there is the Light. The Lord Jesus Christ is the light of the city.
Verse 24 continues, "And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it." That is the picture of heaven.
What about those who have never come to the light in this life? When they approach the gate of heaven on the Judgment Day to stand trial based upon the Word of God, it will be an awful time. Look at what we read in HEB 4:12-13. "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do."
Now, here we all come to the gate of heaven, and every secret thought and intent of the heart through our whole life is laid naked and open before that light. Imagine what will happen to those who have hidden from the light in this life? Here they are at the very gate of heaven, and Christ is the light.
REV 6:15-16 says, "And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne."
Why did they have to be hidden from the face of Him that sits upon the throne? Because He is the light. Oh what a horror if you and I should come to that point where we have never come to the light in this life. Now we come before the gates of heaven and there He sits upon the throne. His majesty and the light He is shining into our hearts and every secret thought and intent of our hearts through our whole lifelong is laid naked and open before our eyes. Then we have to cry to the mountains to fall on us and hide us from the face of Him that sits upon the throne.
Do you know for such a one if they were forced to enter heaven they would be worse off than going to hell. The agony of hell is that they are unable to hide from the face of that light and their conscience will be forever and forever revealed by the light. They will eternally be regretting that they never came to the light. What an awesome regret.
The gospel invitation is extended to all men to come to "the bright and morning star." That is the blessed invitation of the gospel. That in this lifetime we are to come to the light that our deeds might be made manifest and that we might repent of our sins. That we might have the Lord deliver us from our sins.
Jesus said in REV 22:16-17, "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. [What a powerful invitation. If you learn to understand the blessed love of Christ now, that in this life He is saying, The Spirit and the bride say, Come.] And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come."
Does this whet our appetite for the righteousness of Christ? Does the light that comes into our soul tell us the urgency of coming to Christ in this life? Does it take away our rebellious spirit? And does it enable us to come before the Lord and confess that we have sinned? We confess that we are not worthy of the least of His acceptance, but on the basis of His blessed Son who atones for our sins, we ask for a pardon.
Watch this: "And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him come and take the water of life freely." What a blessed invitation.
Our text says, "All that the Father giveth shall come to me, and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." Every person that will come to the light. Every person that will come before Christ and let his sins be made manifest before God and repent of his sins and come to the Lord that his sins might be revealed. He says, "And he that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." There is no person who has sinned too greatly, who has been too long in sin, or who is too great a sinner. The gate of heaven is wide enough to let through the greatest sinner, but the gate of heaven is so narrow it will not allow one sin to enter.
It is so wide and yet it is so small. Not one sin can enter. We have got to come and confess those sins and be cleansed or we shall not enter. We must come before Him and He says, "Whosoever will let him come and take of the water of life freely." Amen.
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