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God The Father Draws Us to Him

John 6:44 (ESV) … “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.”

A person cannot come to Jesus if he has not been drawn by the Father, taught by the Father, heard from the Father, and learned from the Father. God, not the person, plays the most active role in salvation. When someone chooses to believe in Jesus Christ as Savior, he or she does so only in response to the urging of God’s Holy Spirit. Thus no one can believe in Jesus without God’s help. If a person comes, the Father has drawn him or her.[1]

Jesus explaines how the sinner can come to God: it is through the truth of the Word (John 6:44–45). The Father draws the sinner by His Word. Jesus quoted Isaiah 54:13 (or perhaps Jer. 31:33–34) to prove His point: “And they shall all be taught of God.” It is through the teaching of the Word that God draws people to the Saviour. (note John 5:24 and its emphasis on hearing the Word.) The sinner hears, learns, and comes as the Father draws him. A mystery? Yes! A blessed reality? Yes!

This was basically the same message He gave after He had healed the paralytic (see John 5:37–40). The crowd wanted to see something, but their real need was to learn something. It is by the Word that we “see” God and receive the faith to come to Christ and trust Him (Rom. 10:17).[2]

[1] Barton, B. B. (1993). John (p. 137). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House. [2] Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 1, p. 312). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.


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