Wednesday, August 26, 2009

John 6:44

Another aspect of my conversation with Mr. Webster last Saturday was that he kept speaking about how man must choose God either now or at the Judgment. He seemed to be saying that everyone must have a chance to be a part of Jehovah's Kingdom. So although on the one hand Mr. Webster spoke of mankind needing some kind of atoning work of Christ, on the other hand he seemed to argue that salvation is dependent upon man's will.

This morning I read John 6:44 to my family. It states,
No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.
Dr. White on the Dividing Line recently discussed this verse in an attempt to interact with George Bryson's internet meanderings. Basically Bryson argued that God draws everyone just as God has invited everyone to come to heaven. Therefore to be invited is equivocated with being drawn. However, this is not what being drawn means.

So I asked my family, if you were to lower a bucket into a well to draw up water, are you "inviting" the water into the bucket? Does the water naturally flow up to the bucket? Or does the water naturally attempt to go the opposite direction and must be drawn up out of the well?

The answer is obvious. Man does not have the natural ability to come to Christ. Christ is a powerful Savior who has come down from heaven to save a people and to save them perfectly. As Jesus said, "I will raise him up on the last day."

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