I shared this week an email from a South American who desires to be saved, but believes they are too sinful and that God doesn’t want to save them. Here is my reply to the person.
I am so sorry that I have been slower than I planned to respond to you. I am leaving the state to go to the US east coast, and have had too much to do to get ready. I hope you did not think I was not going to get back with you.
I want to include some thoughts here that I hope will help you see the freeness of the love and accepting, welcoming heart of Jesus in His wanting you to come to Him. He is not holding back from you, but you need now to take your eyes off of yourself and see His perfect death for you and that He invites and calls you to simply come to Him with all your heart and He will receive you freely. Here are some different thoughts about this.
From C. H. Spurgeon —
“We shall throughout life echo that blessed call of our Lord Jesus: ‘Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’ If they do not come to Jesus, their blood shall be upon their own heads, for the invitation is as free as the blessing is full. The gospel trumpet rings out clearly over hill and dale: ‘The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come’; and let him that is athirst, come; and let him that heareth say, ‘Come’; and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
By Spurgeon’s son, Thomas, who was 12 years old, writing to a man in Spurgeon’s church
I was very sorry to hear that you are still in the miserable condition of being unsaved, but still I do not give up hope that you will be led to see Jesus. You said that you thought you had so grieved the Holy Spirit that he would not come to you again. But I can assure you that God can save the blackest sinner from hell. Does not the hope of having rest inspire your heart to seek for Him alone can give you rest? In Christ alone can you find rest and peace. Come to Him, for He has said, ‘He that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.’
Oh, dear sir, I wish these words would go to your heart and do good. I do most earnestly hope that you will soon see yourself as a sinner and that before long you will be really saved.”
– (In a letter written to Thomas Ackland in August, 1868, by Thomas Spurgeon, twelve year-old son of C. H. Spurgeon, when Ackland was still an unconverted hearer of Spurgeon’s sermons. There is every indication that Ackland did become a Christian and served Christ faithfully for years.)
It is quite certain that when we read that God will have all men to be saved, it does not mean that He wills it with the force of a decree or a divine purpose, for if He did, then all men would be saved …. Does not the text mean that it is the wish of God that men should be saved? The word ‘wish’ gives as much force to the original as it really requires, and the passage should run thus—’whose wish it is that all men should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. As it is my wish that it would be so, as it is your wish that it might be so, so it is God’s wish that all men should be saved; for, assuredly, He is not less benevolent than we are.
– C. H. Spurgeon
Sinner, if you trust in Christ, He will forgive you the blackest sin into which you have ever fallen. If—God grant that it may not be true!—the crime of murder should be on your conscience, if adultery and fornication should have blackened your very soul, if all the sins that men have ever committed, enormous and stupendous in their aggravation, should be rightly charged to your account, yet, remember that “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1Jo 1:7); and “all that believe are justified from all things” (Act 13:39), however black they may be.
I like the way Luther talks upon this subject. He says, “Jesus Christ is not a sham savior for sham sinners, but He is a real Savior Who offers a real atonement for real sin, for gross crimes, for shameless offenses, for transgressions of every sort and every size.” And a far greater One than Luther has said, “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isa 1:18). I have set the door of mercy open widely, have I not? There is no one here who will dare to say, “Mr. Spurgeon said that I was too guilty to be forgiven!” I have said nothing of the kind. However great your guilt, though your sins, like the great mountains, tower above the clouds, the floods of divine mercy can roll over the tops of the highest mountains of iniquity and drown them all. God give you grace to believe this and to prove it true this very hour!
– C. H. Spurgeon
The greatness of God’s forgiveness may be judged by the freeness of it. When a poor sinner comes to Christ for pardon, Christ does not ask him to pay anything for it, to do anything, to be anything, or to feel anything, but He freely forgives him. I know what you think: “I shall have to go through a certain penance of heart, at any rate, if not of body. I shall have to weep so much, or pray so much, or do so much, or feel so much.” That is not what the gospel says. That is only your false view about it. The gospel says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Act 16:31). Trust Jesus Christ, and the free pardon of sin is at once given without money and without price (Isa 55:1).
– C. H. Spurgeon
Another thing that indicates its greatness is its immediateness. God will forgive you at once, as soon as you trust Christ. There was a daughter, well beloved by her father, who, in an evil hour, left her home and came to London. Here, having no friends, she soon fell a prey to wicked men and became an utter wreck. A city missionary met with her, spoke faithfully to her about her sin, and the Holy Spirit brought her to the Savior’s feet. The missionary asked for her father’s name and address; and at last, she told him. But she said, “It is no use for you to write to him. I have brought such dishonor on my family that I am quite certain he would not reply to any letter.” They wrote to the father and stated the case; and the letter that came back bore on the envelope, in large text hand, the word Immediate. Inside, he wrote, “I have prayed every day that I might find my child and am rejoiced to hear of her. Let her come home at once. I have freely forgiven her, and I long to clasp her to my bosom.” Now, soul, if thou seekest mercy, this is just what the Lord will do with thee. He will send thee mercy marked Immediate, and thou shalt have it at once. I recollect how I found mercy in a moment, as I was told to look to Jesus, and I should be forgiven. I did look; and, swift as a lightning flash, I received the pardon of sin in which I have rejoiced to this very hour. Why should it not be the same with you, the blackest and worst sinner here, the most unfeeling and the least likely to repent? Lord, grant it; and Thou shalt have the praise!
– C. H. Spurgeon
Remember that Christ’s atonement is for sinners. Whatever else may not be for sinners, Christ’s death is for none but sinners, and it is offered freely to you as freely as to any other person in the world. No person in the world ever had any better offer of Christ than you have. There is nothing freer to you upon the earth than the death of Christ. It is as free to you as the rain from heaven. You have no right in yourself to Christ’s death, but he offers it to you, beseeching you to accept it, and to give Him the credit and pleasure of saving you. If He did not offer it to you, you would have no right to take it; but when He offers it, it is no presumption to take it. Nay, it is the height of presumption not to take it – a great sin, and as a great folly as well.’
– William Patton
[Answering the sinner’s objection: ‘I fear I am not one of the elect] …What you have to discover is, not that you are an elect saint, but that you are a lost sinner. When you have discovered this, and have been enabled by divine grace to take Christ as your Savior, and thus make your calling sure, your election will be sure also…Your rule of duty is what is written in God’s Holy Word. The Bible tells us you that the mercy of God is infinite, and that the merits of Christ are infinite, and that the Holy Ghost saith – Today. Take God at His word and trust your soul on the merits of Christ.
– William Patton
Very often awakened persons sit and listen to a lively description of Christ, of His work of substitution in the place of sinners, but their question still is, ‘Is Christ a Savior to me?’ Now to this question I answer, ‘Christ is freely offered to all the human race. God says, ‘Unto you, oh men, I call and my voice is to the sons of men.’
There is no subject more misunderstood by unconverted souls than the unconditional freeness of Christ. So little idea have we naturally of free grace, that we cannot believe that God can offer a Savior to us, while we are in a wicked, hell-deserving condition. Oh, it is sad to think how men argue against their own happiness and will not believe the very word of God!
– Robert Murray M’Cheyne
If I knew I were one of the elect, I would come [to Christ], but I fear I am not.’ To those who say this, I answer, ‘No one every came to Christ because they knew themselves to be among the elect.’ It is quite true that God has of His mere good pleasure elected some to everlasting life. But they never knew it until they came to Christ. Christ nowhere invites the elect to come to Him. The question for you is not, ‘Am I one of the elect?’, but rather, ‘Am I one of the human race?’
– Robert Murray M’Cheyne
These thoughts are meant to help you see that, it is not your sinfulness or wickedness that hinders you from coming to Christ and being saved, but your present unbelief. You won’t believe that Christ died for such a one as you, but you still have the false belief that you are too wicked to be saved, and that God won’t save you. But He will save you freely and without hesitation if you will from your heart believe that Christ did die for such sinners, that you are one of them, and that He came for such sinners as you. That is the very reason He came, to die for the ungodly and for the worst of sinners.
You only need to come as you are and tell the Lord Jesus that you have no hope but Him and tell Him that you know He died for sinners on the cross, and that you are one of those sinners; tell Him that you believe He died for you and bore your sin and that you are trusting Him alone; tell Him you come to Him and ask Him for mercy; He will never, ever cast away such a person.
Remember, if you have read it before, Luke 15 about the prodigal son. Read it again closely. You see there what a mess the young man made of his life. He deserved nothing but rejection and hell. He willfully rebelled against his father and lived a horrible life. But when he came to himself (came to his senses with a repentant heart) he said, “I am not worthy . . . but I will arise and go to my Father . . . ” and he did; notice when he got home, he felt unworthy and he was unworthy, but he still went home; we are to come IN THE CONDITION we are currently in–just come home to the Father, who welcomes us; notice that when the son got home, how did his father treat him? No rejection, no lectures, no coldness toward him, but ONLY welcome, love, forgiveness, and acceptance. That is exactly what God the Father does toward anyone and everyone who will freely come home. Just come and tell Him you are His and you are coming home, that you trust only in what His Son has done for you freely.
Read carefully and seek the Lord; He may be found, He will be found by those who truly seek Him
Look forward to continuing to walk with you in this journey of salvation in Christ.
Your friend in Texas