Red I believe the Spirit draws us and the heart pricking of the 3000 was the Spirit at work drawing them. When they asked what must we do, Peter told them, repent and be baptized FOR remission of sin and the gift of the Holy Spirit (not BECAUSE OF). The Spirit was drawing or working on them, but they were not indwelled with the Holy Spirit yet. That comes when they put on Christ in baptism and contact the cleansing blood of Christ, the agent of remission of sin. They were heart pricked or drawn yes, but not reborn or saved yet. Their Godly sorrow was initiated because of being told they had crucified the long awaited Messiah. To any Jew, especially in a group of the first century, this was a staggering accusation.
Let us consider 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.No man can come to me~
Jaime, it is very clear coming to Christ here is to believe on Jesus Christ as God’s Son from heaven. See John 6:65
The issue at stake~clearly stated as a premise~is believing on Him (6:29). Note the clear comparison between coming and believing on Him (John 6:35). Note again the clear comparison between believing and coming (John 6:36-37). Note a third clear comparison of coming and believing on Him (John 6:44-47). Note a fourth clear comparison of believing and coming to Him (6:64-65).
We have no more right to modify these words than Satan in Genesis 3:4.
Since Genesis 3:6 man has been dead spiritually in need of total resurrection. There is no cure or remedy to offer a dead man~you must give the man life. Any study of salvation must deal with this fact of man’s depravity and death, if we are to be faithful to God's word.
No man can come to me..... all men run to sin in hatred and rebellion against God. Paul’s first chapter is a terrible indictment of men and truth (Rom 1:18-32). He then used the scriptures to show the utter depravity of man (Rom 3:9-18). Luke’s record of Paul’s preaching at Antioch illustrated it (Acts 13:38-52). Natural man greatly opposes truth (Romans 8:7-8; Ist Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19). There is no ability of heart or will for natural man to submit to the Son of God. It is not a matter of intellect or intelligence as much as depravity of the will.
There is no man, Jew or Gentile, able to understand such things (Romans 3:9-18). Therefore, no effort or method will help to bring an unregenerate man to Christ. Isaiah wrote that a change of environment cannot help sinful man (Isaiah 26:10). Jesus rejected even Lazarus returning from the dead as helpful (Luke 16:31). Jesus shortly suggested ascension back to heaven would not help (6:62-65). How much less profitable the foolish, heretical, and profane ideas of today! It is a terrible shame this verse and its doctrine and repetition are ignored (6:65).
It is the doctrine of total depravity, where any study of salvation must start. It results in many false salvation ideas by not rightly seeing man depraved. It results in a weak view of salvation where man can choose to save himself. It results in confusing God’s mighty work of regeneration or quickening. It results in a presumptuous idea that man has a free will to be manipulated. It results in decisional salvation where man is pushed and pulled to choose. It results in ridiculous methods the end justifies the means~for salvation.
It results in false confidence in salvation by ignoring the role of good works. It results in missing God’s promise to regenerate His elect and convert them. It results in confounding the order of regeneration and conversion of sinners. It results in confidence in oneself or in man rather than in God’s free grace.
Free will? God’s will is free, but even He cannot will sinfully (Rom 9:14). The evident proof of depravity is repeated in light of ascension (6:62-65). If all are depraved and rebels against God, will any come to Christ and how? The differences among men are incredible, but they are not by innate ability. It is not that some men are born better than others by nature … but by grace.Except the Father~
The impossibility of man ever believing on His Son is solved by God’s grace. Here the key word is except~elsewhere it is the inspired disjunctive but (Romans 5:8; 6:17; Ist Corinthians 1:27; 3:7; Galatians 1:15; Ephesians 2:4; 2nd Thess 2:13; Titus 3:4).
God must intervene, because man’s inability is beyond his own help (6:44). God makes all the difference.... every bit of it~ and shall get all the praise.
Except, unless and until, a man is born again, he cannot see Christ (John 3:3,5). This explanation and condemnation of the audience is repeated (6:44, 65). The will of the flesh or will of man has no role, only the Spirit (John 1:13; 3:8).There is no need to find shades of difference between drawing and regeneration
. Without regeneration, no drawing will work, even by the Spirit (Ist Corinthians 2:14).
Without God’s persuading operation, regeneration may give life without conversion (Galatians 1:15-16 cp Ist Timothy 1:12 cp Acts 9:6 cp Romans 11:28).
There is a work of revelation that follows regeneration (Ephesians 1:17; 3:14-19). All glory to God the Father … giving us to Christ (6:37) … drawing us (6:44).
The effect of being drawn is to come to Christ and believe on Him (6:40,47). There is no halfway station in between as some believe! The result of God’s gracious work is in the last day~the resurrection of life.Draw him~
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. The word draw is used here due to the emphasis on coming to Jesus Christ.
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. 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). God must open hearts for a person to attend to Bible preaching (Acts 16:14).
This drawing cannot be 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 early (Jn 1:13). Preaching only has value to those already born again by 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.
Drawing IS regeneration~it is not what some may term a "halfway house" where you make the final decision for Christ.
The sum of what I want to say: Drawing is not bringing a sinner to a point where he MUST DECIDE for Christ or not, it is not a halfway decisional crossroad where he must make a decision to be saved or not~such teaching is man's version of Jesus' teaching in John 6. Even considering the verse of itself, it clearly states no man can come EXCEPT the Father draws him, proving NOT ALL are drawn by the Father! Drawing is SALVATION per John 6:64,65!