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AND YOU YOURSELVES THRUST OUT

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the combined retreat of Calvary Road Baptist 
Church and the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Monday Evening, September 9, 2002


"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).


Jesus was travelling through the cities and villages on His journey toward Jerusalem. Great crowds gathered to hear Him preach and ask Him questions. On this occasion a man stepped forward and said, "Lord, are there few that be saved?" Jesus did not answer the man directly. He turned to the crowd and answered the question.

Jesus told them that struggle to enter into salvation is necessary. He said that many would have some interest in being saved, but because they were not willing to strive they would remain lost. He told them that the time when they could be saved would pass - and then they would have committed the unpardonable sin. He then spoke of people in Hell crying and screaming because they see the patriarchs in Heaven, but they are in Hell. Finally, Jesus tells them that people from all nations and tongues will be saved, from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south. People from all races will come down and "sit down in the kingdom of God" (Luke 13:29).

The words that Jesus spoke must have "blown their minds." They had never heard such a thing! The rabbis had always told them that they alone were the people of God. But Jesus told them that most of them would be lost - and that people from far-off countries would take their place in the kingdom of God.

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

He said that they would cry and scream when they saw the patriarchs in Heaven

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

There is in this text a warning - a terrible warning. Others will be saved

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

If your eyes were open you would realize that these words describe the most awful sentence and awesome warning given in Scripture:

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

I will now apply this warning in four ways.

I. First, it contains a warning for "church kids."

Who are the "Israelites" among us tonight? Who are the counterparts of those to whom Jesus spoke that day? When He spoke He said:

"And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God" (Luke 13:29).

"They" will come and get saved. But He also said:

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

Who are those spoken of as "they" and who are those spoken of as "you"? "They shall come." "You yourselves shall be thrust out." The application should be obvious. "They shall come" speaks to the new people. "You yourselves thrust out" speaks to the church kids.

This is a sad and startling truth of Scripture. "They shall come" and "you yourselves thrust out." You will be bypassed - and new kids will come in and take your place. Is this surprising to you? It shouldn't be. You've been around long enough to see it happen over and over in both of our churches. "They come" and "you are shut out." Haven't you seen that happen many times? Church people leave and new people come and take their place. Haven't you seen that happen? A church member leaves. A new person comes and gets saved. You've seen it again and again.

And why should it be any different with you? You have grown up in the church. Now you are an old-timer. When you get the opportunity, in a few months or a few years, you will leave too - and new people who came and got saved will replace you in the church. "They shall come" - "and you yourselves [be] thrust out."

Oh!!! There is in my text a terrible warning to church kids:

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

II. But, second, the text contains a warning against
familiarity for new people.

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

Even if you are not a church kid, you can be thrust out as well.

What was it about these people that Jesus spoke to that disqualified them from being saved? I'll tell you what it was. They had gotten so used to their religion that it became second nature to them. They heard the Bible read and the sermons preached Sabbath after Sabbath. They got used to it. It was the same old thing week after week. Nothing that they heard could make an impression on them. It was the "the same old same old." Isn't that what Jesus was saying to these people? Look at verse twenty-six:

"Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he [Christ] shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity" (Luke 13:26-27).

You can get so used to hearing the preaching that it has no more effect on you than it had on them. They would say, "We have eaten with you. We have heard you preach in our streets." But He would say, "Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity."

Oh, even if you are a new person, this can quickly happen to you! You can quickly become used to the preaching and the warnings. Soon the preaching will not make any more impression on you than it does on the "church kids." Soon, perhaps at this very camp, your heart will become as cold as theirs. Soon you will be as cold and lifeless and hopeless as any church kid! When that happens you will be as hopelessly lost and hardened as they are!

Oh, I warn you - don't hesitate! Don't wait to "learn more." The more you learn, the harder your heart will become. You can quickly learn to be like the lost "church kids" - and when you become like them, you will be as hopelessly hardened against true conversion as they are!

Oh, flee from their influence! Do not become like them! Flee from their influence as Lot fled from Sodom before it was burned in fire!

If you become like the lost "church kids," God will send others into the church to take your place and be saved:

"And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God" (Luke 13:29).

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

If you are a newer person, and you are here tonight, I beg you in Christ's stead come and be saved before you become hardened like those who have long been here! Oh, come to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is alive, at the right hand of God the Father in Heaven. Come to Jesus and be washed clean from your sins by His eternal Blood! Come to Jesus! Come to Him now, tonight! Throw yourself on Jesus, the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world! Do it tonight. Don't wait! Come now and be washed clean before your heart becomes harder, and your will is fixed in nature's night against the Lamb of God! Come, before it is said of you,

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

III. Then, thirdly, the text gives every unconverted sinner
a warning against heart-hardening.

Every one of you is warned by the text:

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

Whether you are a "church kid" or a new person, or even a lost adult, there is a warning for you in my text,

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

The Holy Spirit will not always be present as He is tonight. He will not always be here to warm your heart, and prick your conscience, and show you your need for Jesus Christ.

"And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man" (Genesis 6:3).

If you feel that you are a sinner tonight, I warn you, it will not always be so. If you feel that your heart and mind are wicked, you will not always feel this way. If you feel that you deserve to be punished by a Holy God, that feeling will soon leave you. I warn you! I warn you! The Holy Spirit will not always strive with you as He is doing now!

And when the Holy Spirit is gone, you will be as helpless as Samson when his hair was cut by a wicked woman. "And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him" (Judges 16:20). He thought he could "go out as at other times" (ibid.). But the Holy Spirit was gone from him! He was utterly helpless when the enemy came in and bound him with chains, and put out his eyes "and he did grind in the prison house" (Judges 16:21).

When the Spirit of God leaves you, you will be bound in chains by demons. Your spiritual eyes will be gouged out of their sockets forever by demonic fiends. And Satan will drag you in his chains to grind in his prison house for the rest of your life. And then you will grind in Hell for all time - and for the endless years of eternity!

Is my language too sharp? Is my imagery too frightening? Do my words cause you to fear? God help us - I hope they do!

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7).

"Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil" (Proverbs 3:7).

Of God, the Psalmist says:

"Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?" (Psalm 76:7).

Do not be given over to chains in the Devil's "prison house" with Samson! Come, fear God; and come to Christ for salvation from God's wrath! Only the Blood and righteousness of Christ, imputed to you by faith in Christ, can save you from the punishment of an angry God, and keep you from being turned over to demons and their ruler, Satan.

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

IV. But, fourthly, we come back to the text one more time,
and find in it a warning about Hell.

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

Thrust out where?

"They shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God" (Luke 13:29).

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

Thrust out of what? The kingdom of God! Thrust out where? "Into everlasting punishment" (Matthew 25:46). Thrust out where? Into "hell fire" (Matthew 5:22). Thrust out where? "Into the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:15). "Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched" (Mark 9:44).

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

into "everlasting burnings" (Isaiah 33:14).

Notice that the text says,

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

The word "thrust" is from the Greek word "ekballo." Strong's Concordance tells us it means "to eject," "to expel," "to send away." You will be ejected into Hell, like a bullet is ejected from a gun when you fire it. You will literally be ejected, shot into Hell. You will be expelled.  Like a rebellious kid who is expelled from school for his rebellion, you will be expelled from Heaven, and you will be expelled into the flames of Hell. Again, the word means "to send away." You will be sent away from Heaven. You will be sent away into a pit of howling demons, who will gouge out your eyeballs, bind you with chains, and send you to toil endlessly in that eternal "prison house." "Thrust out!" Horrible thought! Ekballo. Ejected. Kicked out like a football into the flames!

One of the things that will make Hell intolerable is your memory of what a fool you were on earth, while you were alive. You will then realize too late that others came from the east and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and sat down in the kingdom of God. And you yourselves were thrust out!

"The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to [those] bringing forth the fruits thereof" (Matthew 21:43).

You will see people who came to church only a few times before they got saved in Heaven, "and you yourselves thrust out." This will torment you horribly. You will say, "What a fool I was to reject salvation through the Blood of Christ! Why did I wait and put off coming to Jesus so He could wash my sins away in His Blood?" But it will be endlessly too late for you then.

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).


(END OF SERMON)

Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Dr. John S. Waldrip: Luke 13:22-29.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:

"If You Linger Too Long" (by Dr. John R. Rice, 1895-1980).

THE OUTLINE OF

AND YOU YOURSELVES THRUST OUT

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

 

"And you yourselves thrust out" (Luke 13:28).

I.   The text contains a warning for "church kids," Luke 13:29.

II.  The text contains a warning against familiarity for new people,
Luke 13:26-27, 29.

III. The text gives every unconverted sinner a warning against
heart-hardening, Genesis 6:3; Judges 16:20-21;
Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 3:7; Psalm 76:7.

IV. The text contains a warning about Hell, Matthew 25:46;
Matthew 5:22; Revelation 20:15; Mark 9:44; Isaiah 33:14;
Matthew 21:43.

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