Have You Been Drawn to God?

(John 6:41-45)

 

Introduction:

   * God communicates with His people, but not directly or audibly (Psalm 19:1, Rom. 1:20).

   * At one time, He did (Gen. 20:1-7; Acts 16:9; Dt. 34:10; Heb. 1:1), but not now (I Cor. 15:1-4).

 

 

 

I. How does God draw men?

   * Jesus fed the multitude (John 6:10).

 

 

 

 

 

II. What is the divine drawing? – John 6:44-45

   * We must be drawn, but is it irresistible or does it occur indirectly?

 

   * It is not irresistible – if it were, all men would be saved (Jn. 12:32).

   * We must be taught, hear, learn, and come (Jn. 6:45).

      * Taught –

            - I Cor. 2:13 -

 

 

 

 

      * Hear   (Hearing with a view to learning)

 

 

 

 

      * Learn – (Rom. 6:17)

 

 

 

 

      * Come –

 

 

   * Jesus’ invitation, “come unto me” (Matt. 11:28). Why would He invite if we were automatically subject to depravity?

 

   * We can choose! Difference between “can’t” and “won’t.” Mt. 23:37 – Jerusalem “would not” yield.

 

   * Practice “I won’t” for too long, it becomes “I can’t” (Jn. 12:39).

 

   * The more one resists, the harder it is to accept.

 

   * God draws, but not irresistibly!

 

III. Finally, a proper understanding of John 6:44-45 can lead us to redemption.

   * Hopefully, we are all drawn to the Word of God in the way He would wish.

 

 

                                                                                                                                    R.W. McAlister  1/25/09 a.m.