Sunday, March 26, 2017

God Draws Us To Jesus

We have seen in various passages to come near or draw near to God. Yet Jesus said in John 6:44, "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day." What does this passage mean? A study note from the ESV Study Bible says:

This implies that no human being in the world, on his own, has the moral and spiritual ability to come to Christ unless God the Father draws him, that is, gives him the desire and inclination to come and the ability to place trust in Christ.

Romans 3 tells us that no seeks after God and all have sinned. Hebrews 11 says without faith it is impossible to please God and all who seek Him must believe he exists. If no one seeks after God, how can we draw near to God especially in salvation? The Reformation Study Bible says:

Due to the corruption that human beings inherit by virtue of original sin (Romans 5:12-21), all people (except Jesus, who was not born in Adam) are born with a moral inability to receive the gospel by faith. This inability must be overcome by the Holy Spirit in His work of regeneration. Since the fall, human beings born in Adam are inclined against the things of God, and they will not and cannot place saving faith in the gospel message unless the Lord first changes their hearts. God must give fallen people the ability to believe, and He does that only for the elect.

The Father through His regenerating work of the Holy Spirit works in our hearts to draw us to Christ and embrace His Lordship. God works in us to believe in the finished work of Christ on the cross.

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