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      No One is Able to Come to Jesus Christ
      Unless God the Father Draws Them.

      Saturday, October 13, 2007

      No man can[1] come to me, except the Father who has sent me draw[2] him: and I will raise him up at the last day.v.44 ...These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, "This is a hard saying; who can hear it?" When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Does this offend you? What if you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who would betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will you also go away?

      (John 6:44;59-67)


      [1] Greek word: dunamai
      defn:
      1) to be able, have power whether by virtue of one’s own ability and resources, or of a state of mind, or through favourable circumstances, or by permission of law or custom
      2) to be able to do something
      3) to be capable, strong and powerful

      [2] Greek word: helkuō / helkō
      defn:
      1) to draw, drag off
      2) metaphorically, to draw by inward power, lead, impel



      Here is a sermon given by James White that talks about how this verse actually helped start the "Church Shrinkage Movement" as recorded in John. He gives great commentary on why ignoring these verses is detrimental to believers.





      Also, here is a great book by James White called Drawn by the Father. It is worth every part of the $5.50 it costs. It is short as far as the number of pages is concerned, but, as verse 44 here shows, long statements are not always needed to emphasize truth. You can get it here.


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