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CHRIST’S UNFAILING PROMISE

by Dr. Robert Hymers

A sermon preached on Thursday Evening, February 2, 2006
at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles

“Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).


Christ says that He will certainly not cast out any person who comes to Him. That is Christ’s unfailing promise. Matthew Henry said,

The promise is a pure gospel promise: I will in no wise cast out - ou mē ekbagō exō. There are two negatives: I will not, no, I will not (Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, Hendrickson, 1996 reprint, volume 5, p. 768).

The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, thou all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.
   (“How Firm a Foundation,” “K” in “Rippon’s Selection of Hymns,” 1787).

“Him that cometh to me [I will not, no, I will not] cast out”
     (John 6:37).

“Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).

I want you to think about five things in this promise.

I. First, who Christ addresses.

Him that cometh.” There is no description of who comes, only “Him that cometh.” It may be a moral person or an immoral one. It may be a person who has been in church for years, or it may be a person who has come only a short time. Whoever he or she is, the only description is “Him that cometh.” It he comes to Christ, he will not be cast out. Spurgeon said,

John Bunyan was so foul a blasphemer, that even a woman on the street, who passed by and heard him swear, said that it was enough to corrupt the whole parish; and he was astonished that a woman of so bad a character should so rebuke him. John Bunyan came to Jesus, and he was not cast out; he lived to have the honour of suffering for his Master, and to be a winner of multitudes of souls. Saul of Tarsus had stained himself with the blood of saints; he was a very wolf after Christ’s sheep, [yet] he was not cast out. Manasseh was blood-red with the murder of God’s prophets. It is said that he cut the prophet Isaiah in two with a saw; and yet, when out of the low dungeon he cried for mercy, he was not cast out. So that any kind of “him”…if he comes to Christ, he shall not be cast out. Every man, woman, and child in this [church tonight] is included in such a word as this, if he comes to Christ. That is the point: if he comes to Christ, no matter what your past character may have been, nor yet what your present feelings may be, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (C. H. Spurgeon, “The Certainty and Freeness of Divine Grace,” The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Pilgrim Publications, 1991 reprint, volume X, pp. 639-640).

II. Second, what Christ tells you to do.

He tells you to come to Him. That is the point - “him that cometh to me.” You must come to Jesus. Be careful that you don’t come somewhere else. If you come to anything other than Christ, the promise does not apply to you. Come out of yourself entirely and rest on Him. Some come to Christ the very first time they hear the gospel. We have several people in our church, including my wife and two of our deacons, who came to Christ the very first time they heard the gospel preached. They were not cast out. Others were months in coming. They were not cast out either! Spurgeon said,

One man comes with a long prayer, another comes with nothing but two words; one comes with many tears, another could not shed a tear if it would save his soul…one has intense conviction, another has very little of it; one is shaken over hell’s mouth, another is…but beckoned…But, however thou comest, sinner, he will not cast thee out if thou comest to him… “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (ibid., pp. 640-641).

III. Third, when Christ tells you to come.

You may be a child, but He will not cast you out. You may be a teenager, or an adult, but He will not cast you out. Spurgeon said,

Most of the conversions which occur in our [church] are among new people…and perhaps before they have heard a dozen sermons God blesses them; while those who have been hearing us for seven or eight years, are not converted in anything like the same proportion. It is a very sad reflection, but still I couple it with this thought - “Well, if they have not come yet, still it is not too late”…there are some of you who have heard the gospel ever since you were children - yet it does not say that you shall be shut out because you come so late, but “him that cometh”…If now by grace you are led to come, he will not cast you out (ibid. p. 461).

IV. Fourth, how long this promise lasts.

Spurgeon said,

He does not merely say, “I will not cast thee out when thou hast come,” but “I will never cast thee out.” The original reads…”I will never, never cast thee out.”…Is not this a precious mercy, that if thou comest to Christ thou dost not come to one who will treat thee well a month or two and then send thee [away], but will receive thee and make thee his child, and thou shalt abide for ever…Oh! the grace of this passage!

Once in Christ, in Christ for ever,
Nothing from His love can sever! (ibid., p. 642).

“He that believeth on me hath everlasting life” (John 6:47).

“I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish”
     (John 10:28).

“Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).

“I will not, no, I will not cast out” (Matthew Henry’s translation).

V. Fifth, why this promise is certain.

“Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).

This promise is certain because Christ said it, and He cannot lie. Spurgeon said,

It is not a hope as to whether Christ will accept you - it is a certainty …you cannot perish if you go [to Him]…it is an absolute certainty…What a hammer that word “no wise” is with which to smash your fears to pieces. “Perhaps,” says [someone], “he will reject me because I do not repent enough” - “in no wise.” “Perhaps he will reject me because I have been so long [in] coming” - “in no wise.” “But he will reject me because I do not pray aright” - “in no wise.” You cannot mention any shape or form of fear which this doth not slay upon the spot - “I will in no wise cast out.”…The devil, I know, will be suggesting twenty reasons why you should not come; let this one reason why you should come, be enough to answer all of this: that Jesus says, “I will in no wise cast out him that cometh” (ibid., pp. 642-643).

If you come to Christ you will not be cast out. I tell you, tonight, if you will only come to Jesus, He will save you, now and forever. His Blood will cleanse your sins and He will give you everlasting life. He said so! This is Christ’s unfailing promise,

“Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).

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Scripture Read Before the Sermon: John 6:35-40.


THE OUTLINE OF

CHRIST’S UNFAILING PROMISE

by Dr. Robert Hymers


“Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).

I.   Who Christ addresses.

II.  What Christ tells you to do.

III. When Christ tells you to come.

IV. How long this promise lasts, John 6:47; 10:28.

V.  Why this promise is certain.