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"No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." (Joh 6:44)
"The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn you." (Jer 31:3)
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Humans have neither power nor will of themselves to come to Christ being dead in trespasses and sins (Eph 2:1). And are impotent to everything that is spiritual and whilst men are in an unregenerate state, blindness, and darkness, they see no need of coming to Christ, nor they see anything in Him worth coming for; they are prejudiced against Him, and their hearts are set on wordily things and coming to Christ is to them pure madness (1Co 2:14). Coming to Christ requires a certain faith, which is not in manís self; it is the gift of God (Eph 2:8) and the operation of His Spirit. Therefore, efficacious grace must be exerted externally to enable internally a soul to come to Christ, which is expressed in the following words: "except the Father which hath sent me, draw him". This is not to be understood of moral persuasion, but of the internal and powerful influence of the grace of God or a being persuaded and prevailed upon to come to Christ. In fact the word "draw" is in the Greek "helkuo" that has these meanings: "to draw, drag off, to draw by inward power, lead, impel".
Clearly, it is not a case of gentle persuasion but rather of forceful dragging for Scripture says that man left to his own devices will NEVER seek God to come to Him: "There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God." (Rom 3:11) People presume they are free to choose to seek God at will, but this verse vigorously disputes that notion. Nobody seeks after God unless they receive from God a new heart (Eze 36:26-27) and with that new nature (born again) will most decidedly be compelled to seek Him and He will be found most assuredly.
Even though this act of drawing is an act of power, yet it is not of brute force. God in drawing the unwilling He makes them willing in the day of His power in enlightening their understanding, bends their will, gives them an heart of flesh (Eze 36:26-27), applying the power of His grace, engaging the soul to come to Christ, drawing the elect soul with the bands of love. Drawing, must not to be understood as coactions (man collaborating with God) but an irresistible calling from God though power and influence, like music draws the ear, love the heart, and pleasure the mind. It is God that initiate the process, NOT man: (1Jo 4:19).
It is clear that the grammar of this verse limits the number of those that are converted: It is the Father that selects the elect and effectively draws those that must be saved (Act 13:48), which obviously means that men will not be able come to Him unless He draws them.
except the Father which hath sent me:
that is, the Father as the Sender of Me which is the same, as to be drawn by the Father; for faith in Christ is the gift of God, and coming to Him, is owing to efficacious grace, and is not the produce of manís power and freewill.
By an internal and efficacious operation; though by all the means of rational conviction, and in a way altogether consonant to their moral nature (Jer 31:3; Hos 11:3,4).
"Draws" paints an interesting word picture. It clearly states that the Father does not merely beckon or advise or implores us to please go to Him, but forcefully, powerfully pulls us to Christ, as if by a rope by an irresistible activity. A man may try to resist, even to the extent of Jonah, but his resistance will ultimately prove ineffective, for it is His will against ours (Phi 2:13). God's gift does not merely counterbalance our corrupted evil heart, but can thoroughly dominate human nature because God works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
When this word (draw) is used elsewhere, it describes fishermen dragging a net full of fish into shore or onto a boat. Paul and Silas were dragged into the forum. Paul was dragged out of the Temple. The rich drag the poor before the judgment seats. Thus, Jesus is saying that from beginning to end of the salvation process, the effective power at work is from God, and it is a forceful process rather than a polite and hopeful invitation.
This drawing is totally beyond our control; it is entirely a sovereign act on the Father's part. Even Jesus implies that He has no say in selecting those the Father draws to Him to be His disciples, but these are given to Him by God (Joh 17:11,24).
One of the great truths of the Bible declares is that humankind is so destitute that it cannot even seek God on his own. God has to draw us to Himself through the ministry of the Holy Spirit (Joh 16:7-11). This is why Isaiah admonishes us to "seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near" (Isa 55:6). We cannot come to God when we get ready for we will never be ready on our own (Rom 3:11). We come to Him only when He is drawing us. This is also why blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is unpardonable for when such heinous sin is committed the Holy Spirit quits dealing with us, and thus such evil person has no more hope of repentance or remorse given that the Spirit no longer works in him. How many times we have heard people say: "now I will enjoy myself (in sin) and will convert just before death". The truth is that people do die the way they lived. Thus the Bible exhorts to "seek God whilst there is time".
The word draw with the same connotation is also use in: "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to me." (Joh 12:32) Based upon a misunderstanding of this verse, many supporter of "free will" believe that all men without exception have the ability to come to Christ and are invited or attracted toward Him in some general sense by God the Father. These Bible students also are of the opinion that all men, by an act of their supposed free will, can successfully resist or oppose this divine drawing or attracting power and thereby thwart or defeat Godís intention or purpose. But as we have seen in no way man by his own will seek God for he is fallen, depraved, dead in trespasses and in sin (Rom 3:11; Eph 2:1) and in no way man can resist God (Dan 4:35).
Moreover in John 12:32, the expression "all men" refers specificsally to all elect men without distinction, or elect men of all nations, kindred, peoples, and tongues (Rev 7:9), not to all men without exception. These elect men, from every part of the globe, are inwardly and spiritually dragged or pulled by God the Father to Jesus Christ, and they offer no resistance or opposition as they come to the Lord Jesus Christ in repentance and faith, having received a new heart.
The Ďallí plainly refers to all of Godís elect. The scope of the word Ďallí here is precisely the same as in John 6:45 ĎAnd they shall be all taught of God.í It is the same Ďallí as that which the Father has given to Christ (John 6:37). It is obvious from the plain teaching of the Scriptures that when Christ died, He did not draw all men to Himself in a saving relationship, but only His own elect. For example, He did not draw the Pharisee or the Scribes nor many Jews and very few Romans, for this reason Scripture says: "For you see your calling, brothers, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:" (1Co 1:26; Mat 22:14).
Clearly verse (John 12:32) is teaching that the power of Christís saving work will draw all kinds of men from among many nations and not all indiscriminately. To believe otherwise you must deny what Jesus says to the goats that pretended to be His sheep: "Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:" (Mat 25:41)
To repeat, no man can come to Christ unless he is effectually drawn to Him by God the Father, and every man who is so drawn will be raised from the dead and given a glorified body by Christ at the last day. There are no exceptions to this clear teaching from Godís Word.
Of course modern democratic man thinks of himself as good and capable to do good and to be able to go to God on his own, but Scripture proves him a liar and unable to please God, as demonstrated below:
"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (Gen 6:5)
Men are evil continually:
Men love evil and hate good: "You love evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah." (Psa 52:3)
Men unable to go to God: "And he said, Therefore said I to you, that no man can come to me, except it were given to him of my Father." (Joh 6:65)
Men in the flesh cannot please God: "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." (Rom 8:7-8)
Men are under Satan: "We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one." (1Jo 5:19)
Let us then hear the conclusion of the whole matter: NO one can come to God the Son unless God the Father enables him. The only reason anyone comes to Jesus Christ is because the Father has drawn him.
(Eph 1:1-14; 1Pe 1:18-21).
Praise be to God the highest; AMEN.