There is a Savior who has been provided, whose name is Jesus Christ. Being provided, He is freely offered to all men as an available, all-sufficient Savior, who has provided all that any sinner needs for forgiveness and salvation. He calls sinners, all sinners, to Himself, and with that call, comes the assurance of welcome. The universal call and invitation from Christ to every person is itself the assurance that they are welcomed to come immediately, just as they are, regardless of any thing they feel or think. John Bonar, the Scottish preacher, once said, ‘As it would be presumption to come without an invitation, so it is presumption to hesitate when that invitation has been sent’. All men have now been called. The summons is sounding from Christ Himself. Everyone’s invited; everyone’s welcome to come. Just come truly, come fully, and you will be received. Christ receives sinful men. That’s the only kind of person He does receive.
Hear Spurgeon’s freeness in speaking about anyone coming to Christ: “Sinners, let me address you with words of life. Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; He gives both work and feeling. Ragged, penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings, and no good hopes, Jesus still comes to you and in these words of pity He addresses you: “Him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.”
Christ’s grace and salvation are to be offered to every person, regardless of who they are or what spiritual condition they happen to be in. All are included in the gospel invitation; all are to be exhorted to repent and turn to Christ. ‘God commandeth all men everywhere to repent’ (Acts 17:30), and ‘This is his commandment, that we believe on the name of the Son of God’ (1 John 3:23). Thus God has given commands in the gospel itself to all who ever hear it, indeed, to all who have ever had a Bible even available to them. Jehovah, the living God, has commanded all mankind to repent and believe the gospel. No one is left out of the call and command unto salvation.
– Mack Tomlinson