Blessed Assurance

Blessed Assurance

John 6:37

There is something very comforting to the believer when he sees the

“wills”, “shalls”, and “musts” within the scripture. Those words speak

of certainty. When it comes to the God of the Bible, we behold there One

who is sovereign — One Who does as He wills and One who owes no

explanation of His actions to anyone. The God of scripture is not one

that can be bargained with, but is One to be bowed to. His Word always

goes forth and accomplishes the purpose for which it has been sent

(Isaiah 55:11). One such scripture plainly sets forth the certainty of

salvation for God’s people is John 6:37. Listen to the unwavering words

of our Lord: “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him

that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” Within this one scripture

three undeniable and unchangeable facts are established by the Holy

Spirit, and in these facts the eye of faith most assuredly beholds God’s

glory: 1) God the Father has given a blessed gift to the Son, 2) the

Lord Jesus Christ will most assuredly possess that gift, and 3) that

gift is eternally secure.

1. God the Father has given a blessed gift to the Son. “All that the

Father giveth me” — Here the Lord Jesus speaks of a definite number and

group of people that has been given by eternal election unto the Son.

Those given by the Father were chosen in Christ from the foundation of

the world unto eternal life. It was for these elect sinners that our

Lord prayed in John 17. Hear the words of the interceding Master as His

heart is revealed in prayer to His Father: “I have manifested thy name

to the men which thou gavest me out of the world” (vs. 6). “I pray for

them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me;

for they are thine” (vs. 9). The apostle Paul wrote to the church at

Thessalonica: “But we are bound to give thanks unto God for you,

brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen

you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the

truth” (2 Thess. 2:13). Men may talk of their desires or their

intentions, but how marvelous it is that the Holy Ghost would reveal

God’s choice. Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus clearly states that

God has “chosen us in Him (that is, Christ Jesus) that we should be holy

and without blame before Him (the Father) in love (Eph. 1:4). That the

Father has given a blessed gift to the Son is to the praise of the glory

of His grace. With this truth established, let us now consider the next

unchangeable fact of John 6:3:

2. The Lord Jesus Christ will possess that gift. One may ask, “what is

the sign that a man has been chosen of God unto salvation?” Again, the

scripture is plain and emphatic when it comes to the salvation of God’s

elect. “All that the Father giveth me shall come (by faith) to me.” Can

there be anything more certain than these words? Does the Lord leave

anything to chance? NO! Based on the authority of the word of God, those

that the Father has given to the Son shall come to the Son for

salvation. These elect behold by faith that God is pleased with them

only on the merit of being found in Christ. The blood that Christ shed

at Calvary to cover the guilt of all the elect is the only atonement

that will be accepted by a Holy God. God’s elect shall in time perceive

the beauty of Christ as their Substitute, their Redeemer, their

Representative, and their Savior. They shall come to Him for life and

mercy as needy spiritual beggars. They come because they are made

willing in the day of His power (Psalm 110:3). They long to drink of

Christ because they are thirsty for the Water of Life (John 7:37). They

come to eat of His flesh (John 6:53) because they see Him to be the

Bread from heaven. The eternal purpose of the Almighty God cannot be

frustrated. The sovereign will of the Most High God shall be

accomplished. This then brings us to the last great truth of John 6:37:

3. That gift is eternally secure. The Lord Jesus said “him that cometh

to me” shall not be cast out! Here is eternal security for everyone that

truly comes to Christ. This is the foundation that stands secure. This

is blessed assurance for those spiritual beggars that come by faith to

the Savior. Never cast out — O how wonderful that sounds to one who

recognizes his tendency to wander from God. Every time a saint sees

something of his inability to keep himself faithful (which is

constantly), he is reminded of the faithfulness of God Who never leaves

nor forsakes His own. The words “I will in no wise cast out” are an

anthem of hope to every one that truly needs the Savior.

God’s word stands sure. When it comes to the salvation of God’s people,

one can rest on these truths: God has given (and chosen) to His Son a

people that He has eternally loved. Those that the Father has given to

Christ shall by Spirit-given faith surely come unto salvation. All that

come to Christ by faith unto salvation shall surely be preserved by

Christ, for He will in no wise cast them out. For these blessed truths,

we praise and give thanks to our matchless Lord.

Marvin Stalnaker

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