PERISHING BEFORE THE OPEN DOOR, #557
"The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you." (JOH 6:52-53)
Now as I have pointed out, a mixed multitude followed Jesus. They partook of the five loaves and the two small fish. They followed Jesus and sought Him, yet Jesus said to them, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled." (JOH 6:26)
He rebuked them for the reasons they were seeking Him. Now, it was the Jews that murmured against Him as we see in verse 41. "The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven." It was the Jews who strove among themselves, saying in verse 52, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
I want you to notice that it was those who professed to be Christians, who murmured against Him. It was those who professed to have eternal life. It was the church, the believers, so to speak. They were unbelievers. They were those who were under the covenant, the chosen Israel of God. They were the ones who murmured against Him. The ones who strove among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
And if you rightly understand the gospel today, it is the professing church that will not obey.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you." They are the ones who murmur against feeding upon Christ.
Now we read of our blessed Redeemer in JOH 1:10-11. "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not."
That word received means accepted. When you look it up in the original it means, "accepted Him not." They would not accept Him. They understood. They saw His miracles. They saw the loaves that fed five thousand. They saw the miracles He did in healing the sick. Therefore, they were following Him for the earthly benefits. Their dream was an earthly kingdom. They did not want to accept Him as a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. They saw no beauty in this. They were looking for a deliverance from the Roman Empire. They were looking for an earthly kingdom.
The previous verses, speaking of John the Baptist, reveal why they would not receive Him.
Notice JOH 1:7 says, "The same came for a witness [speaking of John the Baptist], to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe."
Their stumbling block was that Light. "That all men through him might believe"that they might come under His Kingship and under His authority.
Verses 8 and 9 continue, "He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of the Light.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world."
When the Holy Spirit attends the Word, it enlightens the heart; it reveals the corrupt nature that lies within. They would not receive that enlightenment. This is what we see today in the gospel of no repentance; the gospel that is being preached today that does not preach repentance. They are offended when you preach a gospel that turns the light on that reveals the corrupt nature of the heart. This is why they would not receive Him.
This Light shined into their consciences and condemned them. It offended the Jews, and they would not come to Jesus. They were coming to the Light, and when they came to the Light, and He reproved their deeds; they would not come unto Him.
Look at JOH 5:39-40. "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 reproved them for their rebellion, their being unwilling to acknowledge their sin and unwilling to come as sinners, confessing the corrupt nature of their hearts. When we come to Christ, and if we rightly understand the sacrifice of Christ, we see how wroth God is with sin. The sacrifice of Christ reveals God's wrath upon sin, and it reveals sin in its true nature. This revelation kept them away.
Our blessed Saviour is the Open Door to salvation, and yet those who cherish un-repented-of sins will perish before that Open Door, because they will not come to the light. That is where our inability lies. That is why we cannot come to Christ except the Father draws us, because when we come to the Light our sins are made manifest and by nature the Light is our condemnation.
Let me show you what it says in JOH 3:20. "For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved."
This is why they cannot come to Jesus. They do not eat and drink of His flesh and of His blood. They do not feed upon the sacrifice of Christ. Do you know why? Only those who understand what it is to acknowledge their sins before God can feed upon that broken body of Christ. Now He becomes the chiefest among ten thousands, the all-together lovely. But for those who are not willing to repent of their sins, He is a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, and they see no beauty in Him, none at all. They don't see it as the atonement for sin.
Verse 21 says, "But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." When you understand that sacrifice of Christ, and you start feeding on that broken body of Christ and that blood of Christ, then you have a desire to come to the Light that you may repent of your sins that you might be delivered from your sins and that you might be cleansed.
Now, this same blessed Jehovah, The Great I AM, who said, "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (JOH 6:37), is the same Great Jehovah who said in JOH 8:12, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
There is such beauty in this for those who have learned to know the corruption of their own hearts, to see that it is Christ who has revealed that sin. It is that Light. Why? That sin might be cleansed and taken away and to be redeemed from all iniquity becomes the joy and the rejoicing of those who come to Christ.
"I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." (JOH 8:12) If you and I know what it is to feed upon that sacrifice of Christ, then we will follow Him and not walk in darkness. We will come to the Light. You see, there is life in coming to Christ. We have spiritual life by coming to that Light. Now, this was our Saviour's blessed declaration when He had shed but a glimpse of light into the hearts of those wretched hypocrites who tried to snare Him in His words "that they might accuse him."
Look at JOH 8:7. "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."
These hypocrites brought this woman taken in adultery to the Lord Jesus Christ to snare Him in His words. What did He say to them? "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." What did they, the scribes and the Pharisees, do? They were those who as touching the law were blameless. However, instead of bringing these hypocrites to repentance, see what effect the light had on them. Did it bring them to Christ? No.
Look for the answer at JOH 8:9. "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."
A glimpse of light shined into their hearts, and they were convicted in their consciences; they walked away. It didn't bring them to repentance. They were the doctors of the law. The Jews were the ones who were doing the sacrifices, who were making the atonement with the lamb that was the symbol of the atonement that Christ would make for sin. They should have understood when the light shined into their hearts, but they left. They walked away and this woman was left standing alone.
The Jews, the religious ones, walked away. The harlot, the one who was taken in adultery, was alone with Jesus. She had nothing to hide. She was taken in her sin. She had nothing to plead innocent. All she could plead was guilty.
I want you to understand the context in JOH 8:12. "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
Their consciences convicted them. They walked out and didn't have one stone left to throw at that woman who was taken in adultery. Then Jesus rebuked them, saying, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
He was talking to those very Pharisees who had just walked away because their consciences were smitten. When the Light shined into their hearts, it drove them away.
Now see how they responded to this blessed declaration from the very mouth of Jehovah, the Great I AM in JOH 8:13. "The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true." They started criticizing Him. How? They came against His person and against His authority. Why? The authority of the Light condemned them. Their consciences condemned them. If you are the light of the world, and the consciences of others condemn you because they see the light of your walk, they are going to assassinate your character. Do you know why? They will attack you to soothe their own consciences. They are going to find something wrong with you. They are going to make you an offender for the Word. The sole reason is to put their consciences to sleep.
Here we see those scribes and Pharisees. They were standing there accusing this woman, when they couldn't find one stone to throw at her because their consciences accused them. Now they started throwing stones at Jesus. They began trying to put His light out.
Verse 9 says, "They which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience" still perished before the Open Door. Christ is the Door. He is the Way. He says if they come to the Light they would have the light of life. And there they are before the Open Door and why are they perishing before the Open Door? JOH 3:20 says it is because "every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved."
Now, many of the Jews believed on Jesus. I want you to understand this. They believed that He was the Messiah. They knew He was the Messiah, but He wasn't the Messiah they were wanting. They wanted a Messiah who would come with pomp and glory, who they could walk under with pride. They didn't want to walk after a Messiah who walked in the way of the cross, in the way of self-sacrificial love, in the way of self-sacrifice and self-crucifixion.
See the admonition He gave them in JOH 8:31-32. "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him [many of the Jews believed on Him], If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
He is talking to those Jews who believed on Him. Now, follow this. They believed that He was the Messiah, and He says, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Those Jews who did believe intellectually that Jesus was the Messiah, thought only of freedom from the Roman yoke and a Messiah with an earthly kingdom.
JOH 8:33-34 says, "They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin."
He was talking about being free from sin, being made free from the power of sin. What was their problem? Sin was a conviction to their consciences, and it separated them from the Light, and they had no desire to be made free from their sin. They were not looking to be washed and cleansed from sin. They were looking to be set free from the Roman yoke. Jesus told them, "Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin." They had no desire to be made free from sin.
I want you to see the dialogue that followed in JOH 8:37-40. "I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you." He understood why they sought to kill Him. There was no place for His Word in them. He had just told them: "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed."
They were coming to be His followers. They were going to be His disciples. And "ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." And they said: "We are free. We are Abraham's seed." Jesus said, "I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you."
Verse 38 continues, "I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father." Who was He talking to? He was talking to the Jews who believed. Have you ever heard the expression in today's gospel: "All you have to do is believe"? However, they don't understand what it means to believe. They believed, but Jesus said: "Ye do that which ye have seen with your father."
Do you know who that was? Jesus was telling them "Your father" is the devil. He said: "You say you are of Abraham but now you seek to kill me."
Verses 39 and 40 say, "They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham."
Lord is asking you and me if "we the spiritual seed of Abraham." If we are, we will do the works of Abraham. That is how we know. That is our evidence that we are the spiritual seed of Abraham, because we do the works of Abraham. We have the spirit of Abraham. We have delight in the Messiah.
Now, this will help us to understand our text as we hold it in context. The Great Jehovah had said in JOH 6:51, "I am [the Jehovah, the Great I AM] the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
These Jews, even though their own consciences were convicted that they were feeding on unleavened bread, had no desire to "purge out therefore the old leaven," or to become "unleavened." They had no desire to have a change of attitude nor any desire to come under a kingship that was in the way of the cross. They had no desire to crucify anything of self. They were so full of self; they didn't have room for one drop of the blood of Christ. Not one drop of it.
That is why they could not feed upon His broken body, or upon His blood. They could not understand a gospel of sacrifice. They had no appetite to feed upon "Christ our passover [who] is sacrificed for us," but desired to feast upon the "old leaven ... of malice and wickedness [instead of] ... the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth," as we find in 1CO 5:7-8.
Now our text says in JOH 6:52, "The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" They were murmuring against Jesus. Not because they didn't understand what He said, and not because they didn't understand what He was teaching them. That wasn't why they were murmuring. They were murmuring because they didn't want to come under His terms. They weren't looking for that type of servitude.
In verse 53 we see that, "Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat [it is not a matter of choice. If you want to continue feeding upon the carnal things, you cannot have life. He is saying, 'Except ye eat'] the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you."
You cannot continue feeding upon the things of self and have life. You must feed upon that sacrificial lamb. You must feed upon that broken body and that shed blood of Christ. You must feed upon what God is looking at, and that is where He was well pleased: with that sacrifice that was made for sin and that now teaches us the abominable nature of sin. We can not continue in that sin. That is what Christ is telling us here.
Our text admonishes us that if we refuse to enter His service under the law of love, and feed upon that blessed sacrifice that was made for sin, we will perish before the Open Door of salvation.
Why is it that people talk of inability? They cannot come to Christ because He is the Light, because when the Light shines into their hearts, it convicts them. Now, the first thing they do is bring railing accusations against Christ and put the blame on His head. People say, "Yeah, but it has to be given. It's not my fault, you see." It is because we're not willing to come to the Light, to come as lost sinners and fall before the King who's holding out His golden scepter. It's because we're not willing to fall before Him and arise and touch the golden scepter, in other words, to accept His kingship as ruler of our life. He says, "Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you." You cannot continue and walk in the old nature and enter heaven. Our text admonishes us that if we refuse this service, we will perish before the Open Door.
ROM 6:10 says, "For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God." Do we understand the death of Christ? Do we understand what He's talking about when He says, "Eat that broken body?" He died unto sin and He liveth unto God. This is what we understand by that broken body of Christ--death unto sin.
And now we read in ROM 6:11-12. "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. [The Light shining in our hearts reveals the nature of sin. We repent of those sins and] Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof."
Becoming dead to sin means that you turn from sin. The great distinction between a legal repentance and a gospel repentance is that a legal repentance is a remorse over sin because of its consequences. A gospel repentance is a remorse over having offended such a loving God, a remorse over having sinned against such love.
Cain never once repented over having slain his brother, but he did repent of the consequences of sin and he said, "It is greater than I can bear." That made him mourn over his sinbecause of its consequences.
The same thing with King Saul. He had a legal repentance. He had a mourning over sin, because he said to Samuel, "Honor me yet this once before the elders of Israel." He was concerned about his own honor. He was concerned that he had been rejected as king, but he had no remorse over having sinned against God. No amendment of life took place. When people have only one concern, the consequences of sin, they want to be justified; they want to come to Christ and be justified by His blood to escape the consequences of sin. All they have is a legal repentance.
The sin itself was not their problem. Their only problem was the consequences. That is a legal repentance. This is what we see in much of today's gospel. There is so much preaching about the blood of Christ and how that we can be justified and go to heaven. Do they preach repentance? Do they preach gospel repentance? Do they preach that we must repent of our sins and that we must feed upon the broken body and blood of Christ?
I want you to see that this cannot be construed to mean as some teach that unless you partake of the sacraments of the Lord's Supper, you have no life in you. Some teach that, which is not the meaning.
Just a few thoughts will suffice on this principle.
- Jesus spoke of a present duty. He spoke of a duty that He told them they must do that day, and the Lord's Supper had not yet been instituted.
- Judas did partake of the Lord's Supper, and he did not have eternal life.
- The dying thief on the cross did not partake of the Lord's Supper, and he did have eternal life.
So when the Lord Jesus says, "Except ye eat of the broken bread and drink of the blood you have no life in you," that is not speaking of the sacraments of the Lord's Supper. That does not mean that you have a literal act of partaking of the sacraments whereby you become alive.
The true meaning can be gathered by what Jesus said in the various descriptions He gave of this bread. In verse 35 Jesus said that it is through believing, not by literal participation, that we become partakers of eternal life: "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."
He is saying here is that the act of eating and drinking is synonymous with believing. Believing presupposes something to believe. Can you imagine believing something when there is nothing in particular that you are talking about believing? Therefore Jesus' reference to Himself as bread must be understood as "truth," and by eating it must be understood to be "receiving" the truth.
Look at JOH 14:6. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life [When He says, "I am the bread," and, "Except ye eat of this bread, ye have no life in you," He is saying, "We must feed upon the truth or the Word of God." Christ is the Word]: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." In other words, you cannot come unto the Father except by way of truth. There is no other way.
This principle is clearly the teaching of Jesus in JOH 6:63. "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."
Now, what He is saying is "except we eat of this bread," in other words, except we feed upon the truth as it is in Christ, the Lord Jesus Christ, except we feed upon the Word of God, we cannot come to the Open Door.
"The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." Now, it is also clear that this principle came through from His teaching from JOH 6:68-69. "Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. [Again, it is the words wherein there is life. The Word of God is life.] And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God."
Now, the distinction between Peter's confession and the refusal of those who perish before the Open Door is their attitude toward the truth. Look at 2TH 2:10b. "They received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved." Now I want you to see that the Lord Jesus is saying, "Except ye eat and drink of His body and His blood, ye have no life in you." And here it says, "they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved."
Verses 11 and 12 continue, "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
It is in their attitude. They have pleasure in unrighteousness, and they love not the truth. God says, "They shall all be damned." But there's life in the truth, as we feed upon the Word of God, which is the light that shines in our hearts. It is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Christ and His doctrine are the same: "I am the Truth!" His doctrine and Christ are one. Eating and drinking teach a sense of need. It is teaching about an appetite. Feeding upon "the Truth" supplies our spiritual needs, His "Words are life."
I want you to see how that eating and drinking are totally synonymous with believing and how this comes through in the Word. Eating and drinking teach a sense of need. They teach an appetite. We feed upon the Truth, and it supplies our spiritual needs. His words are life. Now we see as Jesus told the woman at the well in JOH 4:13, "Whosoever drinketh of this water [which satisfies only the carnal appetite] shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him [which satisfies the spiritual appetite] shall never thirst;"
That is, will never again thirst and hunger for the things that satisfy only our carnal appetite and sin. When you have come to where you feed upon the bread and blood of Christ, in other words, upon His sacrifice, that sacrificial love of Christ, you will never again hunger and thirst for the things of this life.
Verse 14 continues, "but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." They are talking here about thirsting, water that shall be in him a well springing up unto everlasting life.
Now see how believing is synonymous with eating and drinking. Look at JOH 7:37-38. "In that last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." Isn't that exactly what Jesus told the woman of Samaria, "If you drink of this water that I will give, you will be as a well springing up unto everlasting life." It is synonymous. Believing is feeding upon Christ.
To believe is to come under the authority of Christ. Believing is that acknowledging of the kingship and authority of Christ.
Look at MAT 27:42. "He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel."
In other words, if we have to come under His authority, let Him now come down from the cross and we will believe him. We'll come under His authority; we'll come under that kingship. He says he's king but we've got Him on the cross. If He is the king, now let Him come down and we'll believe. In other words, then we will bow to His scepter. Believing is coming under the authority of Christ. They had refused to come under Him as king. They had absolutely rejected Him as king. They had nailed Him on the cross. Now, let Him come down and then we'll believe him.
Look at JOH 6:47 and 48. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth in me hath everlasting life." Now look at verse 54. "Whosoever eateth and drinketh my blood hath eternal life." You see, they are synonymous. I want you to understand: "if you believe" is the act that is illustrated by eating and drinking. In other words, it is coming under His authority; it is feeding upon Him.
Drinking of Christ's blood can be likened unto receiving a blood transfusion. When man was bitten by the serpent, venom entered his veins and went into his heart and was distributed throughout his whole being and thereby, his heart, which was corrupted, corrupted every faculty of man.
Look at MAT 15:19-20. "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man."
This was the venom of the old serpent that entered into the heart of man in Paradise.
When we receive that transfusion of Christ's blood, it becomes "Christ in you the hope of glory." It has that sanctifying/cleansing effect. It cleanses the heart. It puts out and it purges out that old leaven of malice and of hypocrisy. It purges out all adulteries and fornications and thefts, false witnesses and blasphemies. When we start to partake of the blood of Christ, it comes into our veins and it enters into our hearts. We become a new man, and it purges out the old unleavened bread of malice and hypocrisy. The effect of a clean heart is seen in our attitude and our walk. You see, we no longer walk in the way of the world.
JOH 13:10 says, " Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet [when the Lord Jesus was washing the feet of His disciples, Peter said, 'Oh no. Oh no. Not me.' Jesus said, 'If you do not let me wash your feet, you have no part in me.' Peter said, 'Wash not only my feet, but my hands and my head. Wash my whole body.' Jesus said, ' No, he that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet.']
Your walk of life is your evidence of salvation. Walking in the way of the cross, in the way of self-sacrifice, in the way of self-denial, is the start crucifying that old man of sin. That is the evidence. We need our walk of life to correspond with our confession.
Verse 10b and 11continue, "He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all [Jesus knew Judas had not been renewed in the Spirit of his mind and therefore was not cleansed]. For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean."
He knew who was going to betray Him. He knew the heart of Judas. He knows the heart of all men, and that is one of the most blessed consolations that you and I can have in this life. Jesus knows when our heart's desire is to do His will and how sin grieves us; He knows how we hate sin. He knows that every time we slip and fall, we do what we know is not pleasing in His sight, but He also knows how it grieves us. That comes as great consolation at times, because if He were going to go only by the sight of His eyes, He would condemn us. Then He would say, "Well, now, you said you believed in me and look how you have rebelled here and here. He knows the heart of man, and He knows that we grieve over these things. He knows gospel obedience. He understands that is our desire to do His will.
Death passed upon all men by eating, or by feeding upon forbidden fruit. Do you know that that is where spiritual death lies? It is by what we feed upon. It is by feeding and eating on forbidden things that we come to spiritual death. It is by the act of eating or feeding on the finished work of Christ that men are made alive.
I want you to notice with me ROM 6:21-23. "What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. [This is not talking about corporal death, necessarily, but about spiritual death.] But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
When you feed upon forbidden things you bring spiritual death in your soul. The Lord removes and withdraws Himself and leaves you over to yourself when you feed upon forbidden things. That was how death entered the worldeating forbidden things. If you will eat and feed upon that broken body and that shed blood, that blessed atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, and start to understand what it was for the Father to give His Son and what it was for the Son to give Himself, to come and lay down His life and step under the wrath of the Father to take the penalty of sin, then you understand the bitterness of sin. Then you understand the sinfulness of sin, and then sin becomes so hateful; then you start feeding upon His perfect obedience. Then you can start feeding upon that perfect obedience of the Son of God in giving Himself, and He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Then that becomes your food and drink, the source of your energy, so that you are able to go forward. Otherwise you would say, "How can I go any more?" when we see our own evil nature. We can't feed upon forbidden things now. Now we can only feed upon that perfect righteousness and that perfect obedience of the dear Son of God, on His broken body, and the blood that He has shed.
Look at JOH 6:53-57. "Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. [There is no other way. You cannot feed upon forbidden things.] Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me." That becomes your life; that becomes the life within you. Christ becomes the life within you.
It is only those who still cherish sin, who feed upon the forbidden fruit, who will perish before the Open Door of salvation. Is there any person who has to question whether salvation is for you? Is there such a thing? All you need to do is examine your own heart. What do you feed upon? What is your food and drink? Do you feed upon forbidden things? Do you cherish sin? Or do you have remorse for sin? Does sin become the most hateful thing in your life? Do you have a desire to be cleansed from sin?
The door is open all day, and there is no night there. What a blessed consolation? The door of salvation is open to everyone. "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." What the Lord Jesus Christ is saying is that golden scepter has been extended to all mankind, and "him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
There's only one barrier that keeps us away, and that is the Light. Are we able to come to the light?
REV 22:16 says, "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches." What does He mean by thatI have sent mine angel? In other words, I have sent my pastors, my shepherds, my messengers. And He says, "I have sent to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star."
Verse 17 continues, "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. [See this invitation.] And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. [Are we thirsting? Do we have a desire? Have we got a desire to feed upon the things of Christ? The invitation is, 'Let him that is athirst come.' And Jesus says, 'Whosoever cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.' What is holding us away? 'And let him that is athirst come.'] And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."
There is only one thing that keeps us away, our own will. We still feed upon the carnal things of sense and time. We are not feeding upon the Lord Jesus Christ. "And whosoever will let him take of the water of life freely."
I want to ask you, have you ever heard of a bigger, more open, door? Now, I want you to think about something. It is very important. We may not add unto, nor take away from these qualifications. Can I come to you and teach you all you have to do and then tell you a big list of my qualifications? Can I come to you with a big checklist and say, "Well you have to experience this and that and this and this?"
I want to show you what the Word of God teaches us right here with the very next verse. REV 22:18 says, "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:"
Are we going to make a bondage religion and add to what the Lord just said? He says, "Whosoever will, let him come." Are we going to add to that? He says, "If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book."
But, are we going to take away from those verses? Whosoever is athirst. Are we going to start giving this Open Door to those who have no thirst for Christ? You see, we can't do that either.
Verse 19 says, "And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."
Now, let's go back to this invitation and see how important it is. I don't want to add to it nor subtract from it. "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come." Who is the bride? The bride of Christ is the church. "And let him that heareth say, Come." Have you heard the gospel message? Does it come into your soul? "And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."
Are we willing? Are we willing to come unto the Light, to have our hearts revealed before the Lord? Are we willing to come unto the Lord and crucify everything that is of self? Are we willing to enter the door?
There is an Open Door for every one who walks in the light, and feeds upon the truth as it is in Jesus. Look at REV 21:24-25. "And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it [all those who are saved shall walk in the light of it.]: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there."
The things of darkness, all the things of death shall not enter therein. It is light. We walk in the light.
Look at REV 21:27. "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." The door is wide open for the greatest sinner, the chiefest of sinners, but for the slightest sin, the door is closed.
"Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been Thou for ever wilt be.
"Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!"
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
"Great is Thy faithfulness," Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.
Blessins all mine, with ten thousand beside!
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