Thursday, July 30, 2020
Never cast out...never accept
“Whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” John 6:37
There is no limit on the duration of this promise. It does not merely say, “I will not cast out sinners when they first come,” but, “Whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” In the original language, the idea reads, “I will not, not cast out,” or “I will never, never cast out.” The text means that Christ will not at first reject someone who believes; and, as He will not do it at first, neither will He do it at the last. But suppose the believer sins after coming to Christ. Then, “If anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous” (1 John 2:1 NLT). But suppose that a believer backslides. Then, “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from him” (Hosea 14:4 NKJV). But believers may come under temptation! Then, “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV). But what if the believer falls into sin like David did? Then God will answer this prayer: “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow” (Psalm 51:7). The Lord has said, “I will cleanse them of their sins against me” (Jeremiah 33:8). Once in Christ, in Christ forever, Nothing from his love can sever. Author Unknown “I give [my sheep] eternal life,” Jesus says, “and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28). What do you say to this, you weak, fearful mind? Isn’t it a precious mercy that in coming to Christ you do not come to One who will treat you well for a little while and then send you away, but will receive you and make you His bride so you will be His forever? Be done with the spirit that makes you a slave to fear. Receive the spirit of adoption by which you can cry, “Abba, Father!” (Romans 8:15). Oh, the grace of these words: “Whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening
We have all fallen to the inability of ourselves or others to hold fast to our use of the word: never.
We would never do this....
We would never do that....
Or the double. I promise you...never....
Truth is we are hardly the people to commit to such a word. Only Christ Jesus has the ability and power to effectively use that particular word.
Our promises may or may not come true. His are always true and never fail to follow His Will in the lives of people.
There are times His use of never is implied. Those that are drawn to Him by no means will He cast out. Implied.
Then the other side. Those that practice such things will never see Heaven.
Intentionally living a sinful life, you will never see Heaven. That's a promise from God. Almost laughingly people have lived and are living with the notion that they will 'get right' with Jesus right before they die. As if they know the exact moment! That they don't need Jesus until then.
Or another is a denial use of never. Believing they are on the right path with God, regardless of the fact that His Word explicitly and expressly is not backing the person by looking at their followers. They must be doing the right thing for God because He has blessed them with so many followers! Yet what the person is doing isn't right according to God's Word. That's not God blessing the work of their lives it's Satan providing minds to deceive.
If God says no to specific things then regardless of what you see the answer from Him is still no. The Scriptures CANNOT be broken. There are no modern day Apostles. There are no women Pastors. There are no women elders. There are no homosexual Pastors or teachers of any kind. Anyone can try to twist Scripture to their own liking. Satan did it with easy when he was in the Garden of Eden, when he was with Jesus in the 40 days in trying to tempt Him. When Scripture is clear, that is a real use of the word never by the Holy Spirit.
In our world today we keep seeing and hearing of how everyone must include everyone else's view of themselves. That if you do not then you are or might be charged with a hate crime. Inclusion is permeating our world. Inclusion without order is still chaos. In Scripture there's a specific order to things in the body of Christ. There's specifics as to what body parts do what as designated by the Spirit. Read Corinthians. There's reasons why. Read Romans. There's specific examples. Read the letters to Timothy and those in Thessalonia.
People like to twist the English versions of Scripture when it comes to what Timothy was told about Elders and Deacon and Deaconess's. Read the original language to be sure of what it is you are trying to stand on.
Then my friend take it the rest of the way.
Unbelievers will never see Heaven.
They will see either Hell or the Judgment Seat after the 1,000 year reign of Jesus.
After God says you're time to go is at hand, are you sure without a doubt that you were right before God?
Those that live for themselves, those that don't take the message of the Bible seriously, those that keep looking somewhere else for hope...those people will never find it apart from Jesus.
Those that are more consumed by the things of this world than a life with Christ have much to be concerned about.
Salvation isn't some ticket to ride to get in the door of Heaven. It isn't making up your own rules for life by twisting Scripture to suit your lifestyle then hoping God will see it your way by the way you lived.
When God says never going to see Heaven, the reasons He gives are set in stone. Unalterable.
Look at your life choices. Look at how you are living. Look at your stress and level of discomfort and despair. Look at your reasons for living the way you do. If they are not in accordance with God's Word you really must stop and consider getting right with God now, not later.
You may have sharp disagreements with what I have written today. Do us both a favor. Take it up with God. I write what I am directed to by Him. The mission statement as it were for this blog is for me to write what He tells me to, when I am told to. I will be the first to point out that I am not an eloquent or proficient writer on my own. When writing comes from the Spirit it is what it is. I am a Scribe on the wall of life. Others in the Bible were warned to write expressly what they were told to, regardless of the reception.
You may be struggling with this concept of never. Someone obviously is or I wouldn't be writing about it. You may be one who has accepted lies about what is or isn't acceptable in regards to Scripture. The fact that you are getting upset means the Spirit has hit a nerve with YOU, not me.
Obedience is the larger part of a right relationship with Jesus. Trust and obey for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus.