Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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2-02

Everything The Father Gives

"Everything that the Father gives to me shall come to me,
and the person who comes to me I will never cast out."

Jesus, in John 6:37

For many years, I read in the King James Version of the Bible the saying of Jesus in John 6:37, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me, and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." Now, that translation of Jesus' words makes it seem as if Jesus was saying, "Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me, and I will never cast him out." But the Lord was apparently saying far more than that. The phrase, "everyTHING the Father gives to me" includes the people God gives to Jesus, but it goes far beyond that.

"Everything" excludes nothing. In Psalms, the Father responded whenever the Son asked for anything, including deliverance from trouble (Ps. 91:15-16), authority over all the nations (Ps. 2:8), and even eternal life itself (21:4). When God invites you to ask, it is only because He has determined to give. Ask quickly, and be made happy sooner! Everything that God has decided to give you shall come to you! Just ask.

John the Baptist proclaimed that no one could receive anything unless it was given to him by God (Jn. 3:27), but what Jesus told us in John 6:37 goes even farther than that. There, Jesus revealed that if God decides to give us something, nothing will prevent Him from doing so. God still does everything "according to His own will". He created all things just because He wanted to create all things, and He created all things exactly as He wanted to create all things. Solomon was right: "There is no wisdom, nor counsel nor understanding against God." Nothing can prevent Him from doing as He determines to do.

For this reason, those of you whom God loves can rest in hope, for Jesus revealed to you that "it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Nothing can prevent your heavenly Father from blessing you. The Spirit is given to you. Once He called you, nothing stopped Him from giving it to you, did it? All you needed then was faith in His love for you. Salvation is now promised to you who have His Spirit. What can resist Him? What can separate you from the love of God in Jesus Christ? What can keep you from being saved in the end? Everything the Father has given to you shall come to you.

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