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SPURGEON’S “SUBSTANCE OF ALL THEOLOGY”

by C. H. Spurgeon

Preached by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.
at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord’s Day Evening, May 6, 2018


Spurgeon was only 27 years old. But he was already the most famous preacher in London. He was preaching to 30,000 people every Sunday morning. On Tuesday, June 25, 1861, the famous young preacher visited the town of Swansea. It rained that day. So the people were told he would preach in two places. The rain stopped during the day. That evening the renowned preacher spoke to a huge gathering of people outside. It was the sermon I am preaching tonight with a few additions. Please turn to our text, John 6:37.

“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).

Here is a text upon which one might preach a thousand sermons. We might take these two points of the verse as a lifelong text – and never exhaust the great truths in it.

Today there are many Calvinistic preachers who could speak well on the first half, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me…”

On the other hand there are many good Arminian preachers who could preach on the second half of the text, “and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” But they could not speak forcefully on the first half, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me…”

There are those in both groups of preachers who cannot see both sides. They look at the text with one eye. They will not see all that may be seen if they opened both eyes.

Now tonight I will try to the best of my ability to speak on both halves of the text – and thus proclaim all that Jesus wanted us to hear.

I. First, the foundation on which salvation rests.

“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me.”

Our salvation does not rest on something we do. It rests on something God the Father does. The Father gives certain people to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. And the Son says, “All that the Father gives me shall come to me.” This means that everyone who comes to Christ is one who the Father gave to Christ. And the reason they come is that the Father put it into their hearts to come. The reason why one person is saved, and another person is lost, is found in God – not in anything the saved one did, or did not do. Not in anything which the saved man felt, or did not feel. But in something outside of himself – even in the sovereign grace of God. In the day of God’s power, the saved person is made willing to come to Jesus. The Bible must explain this point. The Bible says,

“As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12, 13).

Again, the Bible says,

“So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy” (Romans 9:16).

Every person that is in Heaven, is there because God drew him to Christ. And every person who is on the way to Heaven now is going there because God alone made him “to differ from another” (I Corinthians 4:7).

All men, by nature, refuse the invitation to come to Jesus. “They are all under sin…There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way” (Romans 3:9, 11, 12). People make many excuses for not coming to Jesus. “They all with one consent began to make excuse” (Luke 14:18). Some say they cannot come to Jesus because they cannot see Him. Others say they cannot come to Jesus because they cannot feel Him. Still others try to come to Jesus by copying the words they have heard others say. They all make excuses for refusing to come to Jesus. But God, in sovereign grace, makes a difference in some. God draws some men and women to be willing and able to come to Jesus. “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me.” They shall “be willing in the day of thy power” (Psalm 110:3). God, by the power of His Holy Spirit, draws some people to Christ. “We love him, because he first loved us” (I John 4:19). That, my friend, is election.

I did not believe this for a long time. Yet I always wondered how I was saved. I was taken to a Sunday School class at the First Baptist Church of Huntington Park. Out of that large class to my knowledge I am the only one that is still in church. As far as I know, I am the only one who was converted. How could that be? I came from a terrible background. I was mocked and teased for my church attendance. I was given no encouragement at all. And yet I knew in my heart that there was no hope except in Jesus. How did I know that? Read my autobiography, Against All Fears. There was not a ray of hope for me. And yet here I am, sixty years later, still preaching salvation! I know of no other person in my class who is even a Christian, and certainly none that spent sixty years preaching the Gospel. How can that be?

Look at Dr. Cagan. He was raised as an atheist. No one helped him. No one took care of him. Yet he is one of the finest Christians I have ever known. How can that be?

Look at Mrs. Salazar. Her husband beat her for coming to church. Her children left the church and became useless for God. Yet Mrs. Salazar trudges on alone. And yet she is a joyful woman. She spends her life helping young people in the church. How can it be?

Look at Aaron Yancy! No one else in his family is a good Christian. Yet Aaron is one of the finest Christians I have ever known. How can it be?

Look at Mrs. Winnie Chan. She is always working quietly in the background for Jesus. She brings in more names from evangelism than any girl in the church. What keeps her going? How can it be?

Look at John Samuel Cagan. He went through the great church split. All his friends fell away. Yet John Cagan is preaching here every Sunday morning. Yet John Cagan is studying in seminary to be a preacher. How can it be?

Look at Mrs. Hymers. She was wonderfully saved the very first time she heard me preach the Gospel. All of her friends left the church for a life of selfishness and sin. But Mrs. Hymers comes through it all as a mighty woman of God! How can it be? I know of no other way to explain the conversion of these people, and their great faithfulness to Christ and the church. Election is the only answer! They could say with the patriarch Job,

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15).

The greatest Christian I have ever known was Pastor Richard Wurmbrand. Read his story, Tortured for Christ. You will agree with me, when you read it, that he was greater in God’s eyes than Billy Graham, Pope John Paul II, or any other clergyman of the 20th century. He was tortured to the point of death for 14 years in a Communist prison, beaten to the point of death, starved to the point of near insanity. He could say with the patriarch Job,

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15).

How can it be if it were not the sovereign grace of God that elected him and drew him to Jesus Christ? How can it be if the words of Christ are not true? For Jesus Himself said,

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you” (John 15:16).

“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me.”

II. Second, the eternal salvation of all who were given to Jesus.

“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me.”

This is eternally settled, and so settled that it cannot be altered by man or the Devil. Even the great Antichrist himself shall not be able to stop even one from coming to Jesus, whose names are written “in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). Every last one of them shall in time be drawn by the Holy Spirit, and shall come to Jesus, and be kept safe by God through the precious Blood of Christ, and be taken to Heaven with His sheep, on the hilltops of glory!

Listen! “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me.” Not one of those the Father has given to Jesus shall perish. If even one were lost, the text would have to say “almost all” or “all but one.” But it says, “all” without any exception. If one jewel were lost from Christ’s crown, then Christ’s crown would not be all-glorious. If one member of the body of Christ were to perish, Christ’s body would not be complete.

“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me.” “But suppose they will not come.” I cannot suppose any such thing. For Christ says they “shall come.” They shall be made willing in the day of God’s power. Although man is a free agent, yet God can incline him, willingly, to come to Jesus. Who made man? God! Who made God? Shall we lift up man to the sovereign throne of God? Who shall be the master, and have his way? God or man? The will of God, that says they “shall come,” knows how to make them come.

We read now of hardened Muslims by the hundreds coming to Jesus. More Muslims are coming to Jesus now than at any time since the Devil-inspired religion blinded the children of Esau. “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me.” There are many means that God is using, even in Iran, even in China, even in the islands of the sea, even in the prisons under the yoke of Satan. Even the false doctrines of Finney cannot overpower the sovereign grace of Almighty God! This is the doctrine of Scripture! This is the doctrine of God! This is the doctrine that God has used time and again in revival. The Hippies’ drugs and free sex could not stop the Jesus Movement from sweeping tens of thousands of Satan’s children into God’s Kingdom! And He can do it again! “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me.”

But suppose that there is one of God’s chosen who has become so hardened that there is no hope for him? What then? If he is elected that man shall be arrested by God’s grace. The tears shall stream down his cheeks, and he shall be made willing to come to Jesus and be saved. I was lost in salvation by works for 8 years. If God could bend my will, and bring me to Jesus, He can bring anybody! There is no chosen soul beyond the reach of hope, no chosen one whom God cannot draw to Jesus, even from the gates of Hell! God can bare His arm, put out His hand, and pluck the brand “out of the fire” (Zechariah 3:2).

III. Third, listen to the second part of the text.

“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).

There is no mistake here. The wrong person cannot come. If any lost sinner comes to Jesus, he is sure to be the right one. Someone says, “Suppose I come the wrong way.” You cannot come to Jesus the wrong way. Jesus said, “No man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father” (John 6:44, 65). If you come to Jesus at all, the power to come will have been given to you by the Father. If you come to Jesus, He will in no wise cast you out. There is no possible reason for Jesus to cast out any sinner who comes to Him. Jesus says,

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

That is His invitation and His promise, too.

Spurgeon was only 27 years old. The young preacher ended his sermon with these words:

This is what Jesus Christ says to each of you – this is the Gospel invitation: “Come, come, come to Jesus, just as you are.” You say, “But I need to feel more.” “No, come just as you are.” “But let me go home and pray.” “No, no, come to Jesus just as you are.” If you trust Jesus Himself, He will save you. Oh, I pray that you will dare to trust Him. If anyone objects, “You are such a filthy sinner,” reply, “Yes, it’s true, I am; but Jesus Himself told me to come.”

Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched,
   Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
   Full of pity joined with power;
He is able,
   He is willing, He is willing,
   doubt no more.
(“Come, Ye Sinners” by Joseph Hart, 1712-1768).

Sinner, trust Jesus, and if you perish trusting Jesus, I will perish with you. But that can never be; those who trust Jesus shall never perish. Come to Jesus, and He will not cast you out. Don’t try to figure it out. Just trust Him, and you will never perish, because He loves you.


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Scripture Read Before the Sermon: John 6:35-39.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:
“Come, Ye Sinners” (by Joseph Hart, 1712-1768)


THE OUTLINE OF

SPURGEON’S “SUBSTANCE OF ALL THEOLOGY”

by C. H. Spurgeon
preached by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

“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, the foundation on which salvation rests, John 6:37a;
John 1:12, 13; Romans 9:16; I Corinthians 4:7; Romans 3:9, 11, 12;
Luke 14:18; Psalm 110:3; I John 4:19; Job 13:15; John 15:16.

II.   Second, the eternal salvation of all who were given to Jesus, John 6:37a; Revelation 13:8; Zechariah 3:2.

III.  Third, the second part of the text, John 6:37b; Matthew 11:28.