1. Drawing is the activity of God by which he makes it possible for a person to believe in Christ as savior.

A. Man by nature has no capacity to relate to the things of God.

Gen. 8:21; Eph. 2.3; Rom. 5.6a; 1 Cor.2:14

B. Man, in and of himself has nothing that will incline him to seek for God. Rom. 3.10-12

C. And so God must provide for man what he needs in order to believe. Romans 10:13-18

1. God consciousness: Rom. 10:18; 1:18-20; Ps. 19:1-4

2. Gospel hearing: Rom. 10:17

3. John 1:9 - calls this enlightening every man

4. Thus, together it accomplishes God's drawing of man to himself.

2. In order to come to Christ:

A. Must be drawn by the Father: John 6:44

B. Must be given ability from the Father: John 6:65

1. No one can: is able = dunamai - present middle indicative

2. to come to me = aorist infinitive - erchomai

3. unless it: 3rd singular of the verb points back to "able" and refers to the idea of ability.

4. has been given to him: This is a periphrastic construction.

eimi - present subjunctive + perfect passive participle of didomi.

Ability is given to the person so he can come.

5. from the Father: the Father is the one who gives the ability.

The ability is given by the communication of information.

3. Christ taught that the salvation provision by His work on the cross actually draws all men. John 12:32-33

A. Principle of Divine desire and intent: 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9; Titus 2:11

B. Principle of a universal ransom: 2 Cor. 5:14; 1 Tim. 2:6

4. So then, all are drawn to fulfill that divine intent. And this gives all men the capacity to relate to God at the time they are drawn. John 1:9 - spark of enlightenment

5. But not all will come to Christ even though they are drawn.

John 3:36, 64; 3:18, 36; 1:10-12

6. All whom the Father gives to Christ will come to Him. John 6:37

A. This is not the same as the "giving" mentioned in v. 65

B. In v. 65 - something (ability) is given to a person so that he is able to come, but he himself chooses whether or not to use that ability.

C. After he uses that ability and decides to trust in Christ, The Father gives that person to Christ and he comes to Him.

D. Giving is also based on the foreknowledge of God knowing from eternity past, those would trust in Christ.

Rom. 8:29; 1 Pet. 1:2

E. Accordingly, those who will believe are assigned by God to Christ, and thus they become a part of the pre-designed plan and destiny for the human race IN CHRIST.

1. Eph. 1:3-6 with Rom. 8:29-30

2. Acts 13:48

7. So the drawing of God is the provision of information so that a person may come to Christ.

A. Again, based on the divine intent: 2 Pet. 3:9; 1 Tim. 2:4

B. John 6:45 - all are taught. All hear. Rom. 10:13-18

C. This is called beholding in John 6:40: present active participle of theoreo

D. The convicting ministry of the Spirit: Jn 16;8-11; 1:4-9

E. Principle of moral stability: Acts 17:26-27

F. The kindness of God leads to repentance: Rom. 2:4; Titus 2:11

G. Spark of enlightenment: John 1:9

8. But hearing, beholding and being convicted is not enough.

A. The one who beholds, must believe: John 6:40

B. The one who hears must learn: John 6:45
(accept the value of the gospel and trust it)

C. The one who is led to repentance must follow through. Rom. 2:5-10

D. This is called the obedience of faith: Rom. 1:5
(Heb. 5:9; John 3:36; 2 Thes. 1:8; 1 Pet. 4:17)

E. And receiving the love of the truth: 2 Thes. 2:10
(this is the result of recognizing value in the message of truth and thus expressing an initial "love" for it)

F. The picture in John 6:47-58 is eating and drinking

9. This act of faith/obedience is made possible to man because God allows him to hear and behold. Thus the drawing activity of God.

A. To see the issues and say yes, is to be given faith. 1 Cor. 3:5

B. Faith is given by hearing the word: Rom. 10:17

C. When one hears the truth of the gospel is is given the capacity to choose for God. The conviction of the Spirit enables him to receive faith. 2 Pet. 1:1

D. Those who receive faith are then (or have been) assigned to Christ by the Father. They are given to Him.

E. These come to him and none are ever cast out. John 6:37-39



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