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Great Bible Invitations – Sermon #8
THE INVITATION OF CONFIDENCE
Intro: We have just read one of the most profound passages in the Bible today. These verses contain truths that will never be fully comprehended by the mind of man until we stand complete in His image in glory. In these verses short verses there are 110 words. 98 have just one syllable. Eleven have two syllables. One has three syllables. Jesus uses the simplest language possible, yet He teaches us a truth that is so deep that no man who has ever lived can comprehend it completely. Still, it is truth so simple that even small children can grasp the heart of it.
these verses we find yet another invitation from our Lord. It is an invitation
designed to inspire confidence. These words speak of the confidence that rested
within the heart of our Savior as He looked toward
This is The Invitation Of Confidence and it has much to say to us today. Let’s take some time and consider together the great blessings that our Savior has embedded for us in His words.
Some people might have seen this rejection by the Jews as an indication that the ministry of Jesus Christ was a failure. The very people He had come to turned a deaf ear to His preaching. If anyone thought the ministry of Jesus was a failure, they were missing the big picture.
The first part of verse 37 tells us about the Father’s gift to the Son. This gift is given to Jesus as His reward for all that He suffered here on earth. This gift is the proof and the promise that His mission into this world was not in vain. This gift, though hard to comprehend for us mortals, is a greater blessing than we can fathom. Let’s examine it for a moment.)
A. The Character Of This Gift all that the Father giveth me The character of this gift is seen in the word all. That word encompasses within it every sinner who will ever be saved. That word speaks of every redeemed sinner from the sweet little girl saved in her Sunday School class, to the brazen streetwalker saved from a life of debauchery. That word speaks of that small boy who places his faith in Jesus and is saved at a young age; it also embraces that drunkard who has lived his life in a drunken stupor. That word speaks all of those who would ever place their faith in Jesus for salvation.
you are saved, or if you will ever be saved, you are God’s gift to His Son! You
are God’s love gift to Jesus for coming into this world and dying on the cross.
From my perspective, that doesn’t seem like too much of a gift. I know what I
was when the Lord found me, Rom. 3:10-23.
And, I am pretty sure that you weren’t much better than I was! So, God gave us
to Jesus and He died for us on the cross. It sounds like Jesus got the short
end of the stick, but He got just want He wanted,
The Contributor Of This Gift
Father giveth Me I have already made mention of this, but God is the
One behind the gift. Yet, the entire Trinity is involved in this great gift of
salvation. The Father gave us to His Son in eternity past, Eph. 1:4. Jesus died for us when He went to the cross,
believe the Word of God is very clear about the matter of salvation. No one simply
chooses to be saved; they are chosen! No one just comes to Jesus Christ of
their own free will. The sinner’s will is fallen and he is incapable of coming
to Jesus on his own. The sinner cannot respond to Jesus unless Jesus first
comes to the sinner. Left to himself, the lost sinner will always seek the
things of the world and of the flesh, Eph.
2:2-3. Like it or not, the lost sinner is dead in trespasses and sins, Eph. 2:1, and he cannot come to God. In
this thing called salvation, God must make the first step. He calls us to Jesus
so that we might be saved! (
C. The Consequences Of This Gift All shall come to me The work that God began in eternity past will be carried out fully in time. Every person the Father has given to the Son will be saved by the grace of God! According to this verse all…shall…come. I came to Him because He first came to me!
When we speak of these matters, we have stepped out into deep waters. We are treading in waters that the greatest human minds have not been able to fathom. We are discussing concepts so difficult to understand that few can articulate them accurately or with understanding. We are talking about the great matters of election and human responsibility.
There can be no doubt that salvation is based on God’s choice. Salvation is a matter of grace and He saves whomsoever He will! But, there is also no denying the fact that man is responsible to believe in Jesus and to receive Him as Savior. Here is the truth; if anyone is saved it will be because of God’s free grace. God will get all the glory! If anyone goes to Hell; it will be their own fault! They will have no one to blame but themselves.
God makes a universal offer of salvation to all people. He cries that “whosoever will may come! Anyone who will come to Jesus will be saved. Those who will not come to Jesus will never be saved. That is the bottom line!
On one occasion someone asked Spurgeon how he reconciled the doctrine of election with the doctrine of human responsibility. Spurgeon said, “I never reconcile friends! While we may not understand election, predestination and human responsibility, they are all still biblical doctrines that must be believed. As Spurgeon said on another occasion, If you try to explain election, you will lose your mind; but if you try to explain it away, you will lose your soul. We have a hard time understanding these things down here, but we must still believe them!)
(Note: This is a verse brimming with confidence. It looked, from a human perspective, like the ministry of Jesus was a failure. Jesus knew, however, that God had given Him many sheep. He could face the rejection and go to the cross to die knowing that His death would not be in vain, but that He would actually save every one that the Father and given to Him.
II. v. 37b THE SAVIOR’S GRACE
A. The Extent Of His Grace him that cometh to me The phrase cometh to me is essential. It declares the way of salvation! Being saved is not about joining a church, being a better person, stopping sinning, or doing good things. Being saved is coming to a Person. Being saved is about coming to Jesus Christ by faith.
That phrase is explained in verse 40. The phrase “every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life describes the plan of salvation. All you have to do is see Jesus for Who He is and place your faith in Him. When you do that, He will save your soul.
Of course, all those who see Jesus as He is will see themselves as they are! When they see the holiness of the Savior, they can be no longer blind to the wickedness of self! This realization of sin leads the sinner to come to Jesus Christ for salvation.
saved is not some difficult, mystical process. You don’t have to “pray
through to be saved. You dont have to memorize the sinner’s
prayer. You dont have to walk the
B. The Energy Of His Grace I will in no wise cast out Jesus promises all those who hear Gods call and come to Him that He will not turn them away. The words cast out have the idea of driving someone away. They are violent words! The lost sinner need never fear coming to Jesus: He will not drive them away! Regardless of where the path of life has taken you, Jesus will not turn you away if you will come to Him.
The personal pronoun “him covers a lot of ground! Jesus opens the door for any person, from any race, any place, or any background to come to Him. He doesnt care what you have done. He doesnt care who you are. He promises you that if you will come to Him, He will not turn you away from His offer of salvation.
Your past sins are no hindrance to His saving grace! Your present condition is no hindrance to His saving grace! Your future failures are no hindrance to His saving grace either! If you will come to Him, He will not turn you away, but He will save your soul.
The one thing similar between their cases was the fact that each one was dead. Lazarus, who had been dead four days, was no deader than the widow of Nain’s son or Jairus’ daughter, they were all dead. The only difference was in the degree of their decomposition.
The same is true when it comes to lost sinners. Every lost sinner is dead in trespasses and sin, and none is deader than another. The lost church member is just as dead as the drunkard, the harlot or that good old redneck boy. If they are lost they are all dead.
The only difference in them is the degree of their decomposition. While the lost church member is dead is just as dead as the drunk, the drunk smells worse! His sins have worked more corruption in his life than they have in the life of the lost religious person.
So, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’ve been. If you are lost, Jesus will save your soul if you will come to Him by faith. That is His promise! He will not cast you out!
III. v. 38-40 THE SAVIOR’S GUARANTEE
A. v. 39-40a Confirmed By His Plan Gods plan is to save the sinner by grace through faith. When lost people come to Jesus for salvation, God will save them. When He saves them, He saves them for time and eternity. It is the Fathers will that Jesus should lose nothing. The word lose has reference to being lost in Hell. When Jesus saves a soul, the saved person will never, ever be lost again!
Jesus said that this was the Father’s “will. There are two Greek words translated will in the New Testament. One is the word boulomai, pronounced boo-lom-ahee. This word refers to a wish or a fond desire. The other word is the word qelema, pronounced thel-ay-mah. This word refers to what one has determined will be done. The boulamai is a hope so thing while qelema is a divine, sovereign declaration of that which will come to pass!
God does not just hope that none of His people will be lost. He has declared that not a single one of those He has saved by His grace will ever be lost! God did not send Jesus to this world to live and die so that some people might be saved, if they can hold out. God sent Jesus here to die for His people so that everyone who looked to Jesus by faith for salvation would have the guarantee of eternal life. That is His plan!
B. v. 40b Confirmed By His Promise may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day What a promise! Jesus tells all those who trust Him that they are safe in this world and in the world to come. If you are saved, you are saved forever! Call it once saved always saved. Call it eternal security. Call it eternal life. Call it anything you want to, but when you are saved, you can never be lost again. The Bible is very clear about that. Consider the following verses:
are kept by His power –
are promised “everlasting life
are promised “eternal life
are promised that we will “never perish
are promised that we cannot be “plucked out of His hand
There are many more, but you get the picture! When He saved us, He did so forever! Praise His name! By the way, if you ever do lose your salvation, you can never be saved again, Heb. 6:4-6!
v. 38 Confirmed By His Performance It is Gods will that we will
never be lost again. It is the Saviors promise that we will never be lost
again. These things are guarantee by the Saviors performance. When Jesus came
to this world, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life and died on the
cross, He did those things to purchase our salvation. When He died on the
cross, Jesus was able to declare It is finished,
came to this world to pay our sin debt and He did just that. He came to this
world to shed His blood so that God’s wrath might be turned away from all those
who receive Jesus and He did just that, Rom.
Now, if you want to miss hell and go to Heaven, you must come to Jesus! If you want your sins to be forgiven, you must come to Jesus! If you want to be saved by the grace of God, you must come to Jesus!
Conc: What kind of confidence do you have today? If your life came to an end today and you went out into eternity, what kind of confidence do you have? Have you trusted Jesus as your personal Savior? Have you “come to Jesus as these verses invite you to? Are you saved by the grace of God?
I praise the name of Jesus that He died in our place. He paid it all, all to Him we owe! Now, all we have to do to be saved is come to Him. If you are lost today, you need to come to Him. Is He calling you? Is He speaking tenderly to your heart and drawing you to Himself? Don’t delay! Run to Jesus and be saved! Don’t put it off! Don’t wait for a more convenient day! Come to Jesus now!
Has He spoken to you? Come to Jesus! Do you want to thank Him and love on Him for what He did for you? Come to Jesus! Do you want to come back home to Him and make some things right? Come to Jesus! Have you wandered far away from home? Come to Jesus! Whatever the need, come to Jesus!