Gospel of Grace Alone 44

Christ is too high and glorious for nature so much as to touch. There must be a divine nature first put into the soul, to make it lay hold on Him. He lies so infinitely beyond the sight or reach of nature. That Christ which natural free-will can apprehend, is but a natural Christ or a man’s own making, not the Father’s Christ, nor Jesus the Son of the living God, to whom none can come without the Father’s drawing (John 6:44). Thomas Willcox

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. 45 “It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.

It is possible to look at the passage in John 6 and think of it as so negative or against us, but instead it is very instructive and positive. The natural man cannot see or reach Christ and cannot infuse anything in himself to do so, but as usual when Scripture sets out what is impossible for man it states what God alone can do. The natural man in his natural “free-will” cannot teach itself what it must do and it has no power to do what it must do, but God does not have the limitations of the natural man. The natural man can only apprehend a natural Christ, but the living God can work in man and give him a new nature so man can apprehend the true Christ. The natural man cannot apprehend any Christ but that of his own devices and a natural deduction from Scripture (perhaps), but that is not the Jesus Christ of God the Father and it is not the Jesus Christ who is the Son of the living God.

The natural man is often drawn to the “Christ” of the natural man’s efforts in evangelism and in doing service to the natural “God” that is devised in the religion of natural men, but the only way to come to the true Father of heaven and earth is to be taught of Him and to be drawn by Him. This is encouraging to the person who has tried to come to the Father in his or her own strength as that is impossible to do. So for the person who has tried and tried to come to the Father, stop trying in your own strength and look to God to do the drawing. All who hear and learn from the Father will come to Christ. So human beings need to be pointed to God rather than to self. Human beings need to learn to quit their striving and know that God is God. Human beings need to learn that they are dead in sin and God alone can make them alive. Human beings need to learn that they have no strength in the spiritual realm and that God must give them that strength. Human beings need to learn that the will is not free and that God alone can draw them rather than for their own will to enable them to come.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is so glorious that it is beyond man to apprehend it, so it takes man to quit his efforts in his own strength to do it and look to God alone. The Gospel teaches us that it is nothing but grace and grace alone that will save a man, but the Gospel also teaches us that it is nothing but grace and grace alone that can awaken a poor sinner and to be brought to Christ. Grace alone can bring us to Christ and His Father and nothing else. If anything but grace could bring us to Christ, then the Gospel would be less or something other than grace alone. It is not the will of man that can bring a soul or enable a soul to come to Christ, but it is grace alone that can do so.

John 6:45 tells us quite clearly that no one “can” come to Me unless the Father draws him. The word “can” is a word that tells us of ability. In other words, no one has the ability to come to Christ unless the Father draws him. There is no ability in the will of man and there is no ability in any other part or aspect of man either. The ability or power that is needed to bring a man to Christ is a Divine power and that alone will do it. The power of man cannot possibly do what is needed especially when man has no power at all. Man must bow to the wisdom and power of God in Christ and ask to be drawn rather than trying to do it in the strength of self.

Without question, according to Scripture, there is only one reason that God will draw a sinner to Christ. That is to the praise of the glory of His grace. Sinners, whether true believers or not, must be drawn to Christ by grace. Sinners need to stop their striving as if these things come by works and seek the Lord for grace. The striving must come from the strength of grace which works out of love from God and for God, but it must not be an effort to obtain grace or earn it in some way. The Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us salvation is by grace and grace alone. We must not add one thing to it in order that it would be all from Him and would be to His glory.

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