John Bunyan on Christ’s Power to Save

To save is a great work and calls for almightiness in the undertaker; hence he is called the ‘Mighty God the Wonderful Counselor’, etc. Sin is strong, Satan is also strong, death and the grave are strong, and so is the curse of the law; therefore it follows, that this Jesus must be, by God the Father, accounted almighty, in that he has given his elect to him to save them, and deliver them from these, and that despite all their force and power.

And he gave us testimony of this his might, when he was employed in that part of our deliverance that called for a declaration of it. He abolished death; he destroyed him that had the power of death; he was the destruction of the grave; he has finished sin, and made an end of it, as to its damning effects upon the persons that the Father has given him; he has vanquished the curse of the law, nailed it to his cross, triumphed over them upon his cross, and made a show of these things openly. Yes, and even now, as a sign of his triumph and conquest he is alive from the dead, and has the keys of hell and death in his own keeping.

– Pg. 18 of Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ by John Bunyan

Bunyan is teaching on John 6:37 – “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” Let’s reason together from this text. Out of all those that the Father gives to the Son, how many come to Jesus? The answer is all of them. No one that the Father gives to the Son is left out. They all come to Jesus. No exceptions are given. Every one that the Father gives to the Son, comes to the Son. We’re not done though. Out of those that are given by the Father to the Son and subsequently come to Jesus, how many does Jesus turn away? The answer is none. All who the Father gives to the Son will come to Jesus. Out of all those that come to Jesus, he rejects none of them.

We’re still not done with our little equation here. So far, none who have been given by the Father to the Son have been lost. In v. 44 Jesus carries the equation to its end – “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” Back in v. 37 it says that He doesn’t reject any of those that come to him. So let’s say he accepts or receives all of them. Out of all those that he receives, how many does he raise up on the last day? The answer is all of them. None get forgotten. None slip through the cracks. None who are given by the Father to the Son are lost. All are raised up on the last day. Jesus’ response to all those that come is that he receives them and does not lose them. In other words, all who come to him, having been given and drawn by the Father, Jesus receives and keeps until the last day when he raises them up.

Savior, He can move the mountains

My God is mighty to save, He is mighty to save

Forever, Author of salvation

He rose and conquered the grave, Jesus conquered the grave

Mighty to Save by Reuben Morgan


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