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THE GATE TO SALVATION IS WIDE OPEN!

by Dr. Robert Hymers

A sermon preached on Friday Evening, February 3, 2006
at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out (John 6:37).


The Arminian commentator Dr. Adam Clarke gave this note on the first half of the verse:

All that are drawn by the Fatheri.e. all those who are influenced by his Spirit, and yield to those influencesThose who yielded were saved: those who did not yield to these drawings were lost (Adam Clarke, LL.D., Clarkes Commentary, Abingdon reprint, volume V, p. 561).

Spurgeon called the first half of the verse a rather knotty point, and went on to explain it in the Reformed way. Then Spurgeon said, He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life, and his faith proves that he was chosen of God to that life; but he that believeth not on the Son, if he persists in that unbelief, will assuredly perish (C. H. Spurgeon, The Big Gates Wide Open, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Pilgrim Publications, 1978 reprint, volume 51, p. 458). I think we can all agree with that. Then Spurgeon said, Leaving that knotty point altogether, I notice, in our gloriously free and open text, Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out, that there is a necessary act, and that is, that we come to Christ (ibid.). Jesus said,

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

Let us notice three things from this text.

I. First, there is a necessary act.

Before I go any farther, let me ask, How many of you have come to Christ? I think that most of you have done so. If any of you have not come to Christ, I urge you to do so. But, you may ask, What does it mean? Look at the words Christ used,

Him that cometh to me (John 6:37).

Spurgeon said,

He speaks of an action, a movement, but not of an action or movement of the body, for there were many who came to Christ in a physical sense, but they were not saved by such a coming as that. This coming is an action of the mind; you knowwhat it is for the mind to come to [a certain] point, But, [notice] that the [heart] of the matter lies here, Him that cometh to me. Saving faith is coming to Christ - to the personThe true way of salvation is trustingthe living person of Jesus Christ, who is the God-appointed Saviour you must cometo Him, to the Christ, who upon the accursed tree, was made expiation for all who trust in him. You must comeand accept Him as your Substitute. He has gone up into heaven, but he is pleading there for sinners, and you must dart the eye of your mind upwards to him in such a way that you will trust in him who has risen from the dead, and gone up into the glory. That is coming to Christ - the mind resting in his person (ibid., p. 459).

It is also clear that when you come to a certain thing, you come away from something else. You must come away from your sins and unbelief, and come to Him.

Now, may I ask you again, Have you come to Christ? Are you trusting in Jesus Christ alone? If you come to Him, the promise in the text is yours,

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

II. Second, there are needless fears to be abandoned.

There are some people who say they want to come to Christ, but they think He might reject them. How can that be true? If it is possible that He might reject you, then He lied. You know better than that! You know Christ would never lie. Then the thought that He might reject you must be false, for He said,

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

If you come to Christ He will in no wise cast you out. There you have it, in those words, in no wise.

But, you say, I might have a false conversion.

Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

But I had a false conversion before.

Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

But it might not happen.

Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

But I might not do it right.

Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

There is no wrong way to come to Him. Come to Him any way at all and He will not cast you out. But Im confused. Again, I say, if you come to Him confused He will not cast you out! The text does not say, Him that cometh to me, without being confused, I will in no wise cast out. No! No! That qualifier is not in the text! The Devil added it to the Word of God! Come to Him with all your confusion and He will not cast you out!

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

But Im not convicted enough. More Satanic nonsense! If you come to Him with no conviction at all, He will not cast you out!

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

But I dont have the right feelings. Again, I must rebuke the Devil for giving you such needless fear. You may expect certain feelings. But that expectation is Satanic. There is nothing at all about feelings in the text! It simply says,

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

III. Third, there is confidence given.

Spurgeon said,

If you are, at this moment, holding on to any other confidence, I [beg] you to let go of it, and drop into the arms of Jesus, and know - for God has said it - that the instant you believe in Jesus, you are saved; there is conferred upon you a share in the divine life which will never die out. At the same moment, there is taken from you the whole mass of your sin, so that it cannot condemn you, and will never return upon you. There is also imputed to you a perfect righteousness which shall never be taken away from you, and in this spotless robe you [will] boldly stand even at the last great judgment dayThe comfortable assurance of the text is this, If Jesus Christ will not cast me out, he will take me inhe will wash me, he will cleanse me, he will clothe me, he will feed mehe will keep me in life, and he will keep me in deathTrust Jesus, I implore you. He is worthy of your trust, for he is the Son of God, and he has died to put away the guilt of all who trust him (ibid., pp. 465-466).

The gate to salvation is wide open! Come now! Come now to Jesus, the Son of God and you will be saved forever, because He promised,

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

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THE OUTLINE OF

THE GATE TO SALVATION IS WIDE OPEN!

by Dr. Robert Hymers


All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out (John 6:37).

I.   First, there is a necessary act.

II.  Second, there are needless fears to be abandoned.

III. Third, there is confidence given.