“Whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” John 6:37
No limit is set to the duration of this promise. It does not merely say, “I will not cast out a sinner at his first coming,” but, “I will never cast out.” The original reads, “I will not, not cast out,” or “I will never, never cast out.” The text means, that Christ will not at first reject a believer, and that, as he will not do it at first, so he will not to the last.
But suppose the believer sins after coming? “If anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” But suppose that believers backslide? “I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger is turned from them.” But believers may fall under temptation! “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.” But the believer may fall into sin as David did! Yes, but he will “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than show”; “I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin.”
Once in Christ, in Christ for ever,
Nothing from his love can sever.
“I give [my sheep],” says he, “eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
What do you say to this, O trembling feeble mind? Is not this a precious mercy, that coming to Christ, you do not come to One who will treat you well for a little while, and then send you about your business, but he will receive you and make you his bride, and you will be his forever?
Receive no longer the spirit of bondage again to fear, but the spirit of adoption whereby you will cry, Abba, Father! Oh! the grace of these words: “I will never cast out.”
Adapted from Morning and Evening.