“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” – John 6:44
In the last few months, I was led to read the scriptures and make a commitment to God that I would believe and practice what the scriptures teach, even if it goes against what my church or any men teach.
That being said, let’s look at the above verse and see what Jesus is saying. Jesus is speaking to a crowd of people who had come out to hear him teach. Jesus told them that unless they ate His flesh and drank His blood, they had no part with Him. Jesus preached to them saying that He came down from heaven and was the bread of life. Many of the Jews questioned Jesus, saying,
“Isn’t this Jesus, the song of Joseph and Mary? How does he say that he has come down from heaven?”
Jesus saw that many of them did not believe, and this is when He said,
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.”
I think that at times some people make the mistake to say that we are the ones that choose to come to Jesus. They portray Jesus as a beggar who is walking around asking that people please choose Him because He loves them and wants to come into their lives. I really have an issue with this point of view because it not only is unbiblical, but it takes away from God’s glorious person.
Who are we that God should have to beg us to come to Him? Who are we to boast and say that we chose to give him a chance? No, let it be far from us! We know that God is Holy and we are not (Ps. 18; Rom. 5). We are desperately wicked and totally depraved (Is. 6:33; Rom. 1). God would be just in condemning us all and casting us into hell forever (Rom. 9). Let’s sit and really think about this: How can we who are blind and dead in our trespasses (Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13) have the ability to turn to Christ on our own efforts (John 6;44-49)?
In this verse we see Jesus clearly teaching us that only God can draw us to Him, and the salvation He has given us is all of Him, not of man.
As Paul tells us in Romans:
“Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated. What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” So then He has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.” – Romans 8:13-18.
“And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.” – Acts 13:48.
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” – Romans 8:29-30.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” – Ephesians 2:8.
God alone is the one who convicts us of our sinful lifestyle. God alone is the one who brings us to hear the Gospel. God alone is the one who works in our lives to repent and place our faith on Christ (Phil. 2:13). God alone, yes, not man (Eph. 2:5). When we go on and claim that we chose God, we are denying the work of God in our lives and therefore taking credit for something God has done (Eph. 2:8-10). Even the faith which we place on Him has been given to us (Eph. 2:8-10; Rom. 9:16). Let it be clear, our salvation, is 110 % of God, you had NOTHING to do with it.
I would plead with you, Christian, that you would see this verse and give God all of the glory for your salvation, for unless he had predestined you from the very beginning, and unless he drew you to Jesus, you would still be lost in your sins and headed to an eternity in hell, in which you would rightfully be judged. I would also plead with you that you search the scriptures which God has given you and obey what God has clearly taught us. Let’s remember that our commitment is with Christ, not with a church organization or man. If we see our church teaching a doctrine different to what the scriptures tell us, this is a red flag and an indicator that we should seek a church that teaches what the scriptures teach.
JESUS MAKES ALL THINGS NEW!