John 6:44~"No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day."
John already introduced and explained this event (John 1:13; 3:3,5,8; 5:24-25).
The word draw has many meanings, and it is Bible context that must determine its meaning. The word draw is used here due to the emphasis on coming to Jesus Christ.
If no man can come (ability)~to go to Him in faith....what will move him?
Draw. I. Of traction. II. Of attraction. III. Of extraction. IV. Of tension, extension, protraction. V. Of delineation or construction. VI. Of motion, moving oneself. VII. In combination with adverbs.
Bible doctrine requires this drawing to be God’s powerful grace changing the heart and mind of man to be willing by a new nature to hate sin and love Christ.
The synonyms or defining words are drag, haul, move, pull, tow, tug, etc.
The change is birth, quickening, regeneration, creation, resurrection, renew. These inspired terms require divine choice, divine power, man’s passivity, instantaneous act, giving of life, deny any creature activity, creature death.
The terms exclusively require God’s sovereign choice and man is passive. Consider:
Our quickening took the same power as raising Jesus (Ephesians 1:19-20; 2:1-3). John gives illustrative examples of draw (2:8-9; 4:7,11,15; 18:10; 21:6,11). The day of Christ’s power made His elect willing in several ways (Psalms 110:3). God gives repentance to save from Satan and contradiction (2nd Timothy 2:25-26). God must open hearts for a person to attend to Bible preaching (Acts 16:14). Faith itself is God’s gift – that is quite a drawing event (Philippians 1:29; James 2:5; 2nd Thessalonians 3:2)!
This drawing cannot be a mere attraction, invitation, or persuasion of the sinner. Unregenerate cannot be attracted or persuaded of Him; they will reject Him. The will of the flesh is not involved, as John made very clear. (John 1:13).
Preaching only has value to those already born again by the power of God. Romans 1:11,17; 1st Corinthians 1:18-21; etc. Thus Ist Corinthians 2:1-5 dumbs down the message to reduce it to the power of God.
How was Saul drawn to Christ? By pricking? Blindness? Revelation? But all these things only work on a regenerate man, thus the need to rightly divide.
Some use Solomon’s Song 1:4 ever so eloquently, but there was no enmity between the two lovers like there is between Jesus Christ and rebel sinners. Some use Hosea 11:4 eloquently, but His drawing did not work, as judgment came; He did all possible for his vineyard, but He got wild grapes (Isaiah 5:1-7).
Using the O.T. for N.T. doctrine is like Presbyterians using it for sprinkling. There is a work of revelation that follows regeneration (Ephesians 1:17; 3:14-19) just ask Peter when you see him if this is so.
There is persuasive moving by Christ, but after regeneration (2nd Corinthians 5:14-15)! God works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13), and this work must be the same as or closely connected to regeneration. This work of God the Father (and of Christ and the Spirit) is without man’s aid
There are no ordinances or sacraments to direct God’s power to regenerate. Baptism is the answer of a good conscience ~already born again (Ist Peter 3:21).
makes the change if a babe in Elisabeth’s womb or a thief on a cross.
Jesus drawing all men to Himself later in John is gathering the elect (John 12:32) from ALL NATIONS.
First, folks know that none are drawn to Christ by His crucifixion cross, for the preaching of the cross is seen as foolish
by those perishing (I Cor 1:18). There are no exceptions.
Second, you know Jesus crucified is fully and only offensive to natural men. There are no exceptions
. Third, you know that by His death Jesus legally saved all elect for heaven. Jesus came to gather the elect (Genesis 49:10; John 10:16; 11:52; Ephesians 1:10; Hebrews 2:13). Not ONE
will perish, no, not one
! John 17 proves all that we have said above.