John 6:37 - "All that the Father gives Me will come to me, and the one
who comes to me I will certainly not cast out."
Our Security in Christ
One of my favorite Bible verses is the one written above, John 6:37. I’m old fashioned (some say old) and learned many of my key verses in the King James. In that version, the scripture reads “...and he that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” One day in my prayer time, that phrase, ‘in no wise’ really struck me. I was wrestling with frustration over my own sin, feeling that my sins were somehow keeping me from experiencing fellowship with Christ.
While I don’t want to minimize the destructive effects of sin, I came to understand that ‘in no wise’ meant that there was no sense in which Christ casts His children out of His presence, even when we sin. It’s true that I can run from Him and feel apart from Him through my sinful behavior, but in no sense of the word does Christ push His repentant children away from Him.
When I realized that truth, I felt anew His warm embrace, just like the embrace you give to the children you care for, even after they disobey.
I know my sin grieves our Lord and He will be faithful to discipline me, but He has said, “Never will I leave you or forsake you”, and I choose to believe Him. In fact, I stake my eternal security on His declaration.
If you wrestle with the feeling of separation from Christ, ask yourself this question. “Do I feel grieved over my sins?” If you can answer yes, that proves that the Holy Spirit is in you, convicting you of sin, and drawing you back to Himself.
If you are a child of the living God, your security lies not in your perfection but in the strong grip of an Almighty God, the creator and sustainer of the universe.