Presentation on theme: "INVESTIGATE THE TRUTH ON HOW WE ARE DRAWN TO JESUS"— Presentation transcript:
1INVESTIGATE THE TRUTH ON HOW WE ARE DRAWN TO JESUS 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.”
2THUS TONIGHT’S LESSONTHERE IS NO QUESTION THAT GOD MUST DRAW PEOPLE TO JESUS. BUT HOW DOES THE FATHER DRAW PEOPLE TO HIS SON.WHY IS THERE IMPORTANCE OF COMING TO JESUS?COMING TO JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO COME TO THE FATHER.JOHN 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
3SURELY THE FATHER DRAWS PEOPLE TO THE SON... PEOPLE HAVE VARIOUS IDEAS AS TO “HOW” THIS DRAWING TAKES PLACE.SOME SAY:DRAWN BY AN “INNER CALL” - THIS OFTEN IS IDENTIFIED WITH A CERTAIN FEELING.DRAWN APART FROM ONE’S WILL - AN “IRRESISTIBLE CALL”THIS IS OFTEN CONNECTED TO THE “INNER CALL.”THIS “IRRESISTIBLE CALL” IS USUALLY THOUGHT TO BE GIVEN TO CERTAIN SPECIFIC INDIVIDUALS WHOM GOD CHOSE PERSONALLY BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN.THE REMAINDER OF HUMANITY GOD CHOSE TO PASS OVER AND NOT TO CALL IN THIS MANNER. THEREFORE, THOSE TO WHOM THE “IRRESISTIBLE CALL” DOES NOT COME CANNOT BE SAVED.
4WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TELL US ABOUT “HOW WE ARE DRAWN TO JESUS?” GOD DRAWS PEOPLE TO JESUSMEANING OF “TO DRAW” - CAN MEAN TO PULL OR DRAG PHYSICALLY OR BY FORCEJAMES 2:6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you,and draw you before the judgment seats?CAN MEAN TO ATTRACT OR PULL BY PERSUASION THROUGH REASONING AND INFORMATION.JEREMIAH 31:3 - The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying,Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.JAMES 1:14 - But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
5WHAT IS THE MEANING OF “DRAW” IN 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.”DOES GOD “DRAG” PEOPLE TO JESUS?DOES HE FORCE PEOPLE TO COME TO JESUS?DOES HE PERSUADE THROUGH REASONING AND INFORMATION?LET JESUS EXPLAIN HOW THE FATHER DRAWS PEOPLE TO HIMJOHN 6:45 - It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father,cometh unto me.
6WE ARE DRAWN TO JESUS BY BEING TAUGHT OF (BY) GOD! THE FATHER DOES NOT “DRAW” PEOPLE TO JESUS BY FORCE;HE DOES NOT “DRAG” US TO HIS SON.HE PERSUADES US BY TEACHING US.THEREFORE THE “DRAWING” TO JESUS IS NOT IRRESISTIBLE!II CORINTHIANS 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.Verse 11 – “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men;”
7HOW DOES GOD TEACH US? II TIMOTHY 3:16 I THESSALONIANS 2:13 THE SCRIPTURES (WRITTEN WORD) IS GOD-BREATHEDI THESSALONIANS 2:13For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
8HOW DOES GOD TEACH US? EPHESIANS 3:3-5 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;GOD CHOSE EARTHEN VESSELS (II CORINTHIANS 4:7)THROUGH WHOM TO REVEAL HIS WORD.HE HAD THEM WRITE IT DOWN SO THAT WE TODAY WHO CANNOT HEAR THEIR VOICES CAN NEVERTHELESS KNOW THE WILL OF GOD.WE LEARN IT FROM THE GOD-BREATHED SCRIPTURES.
9WHICH PEOPLE DOES THE FATHER WANT TO DRAW TO THE SON? JOHN 12:32-33And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.THE “LIFTING UP” OF JESUS REFERS TO HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS. HIS DEATH WAS FOR ALL PEOPLE.II PETER 3:9 -The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.I TIMOTHY 2:3-4 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
10THE FATHER SEEKS TO DRAW ALL PEOPLE TO THE SON. NOTE: WE KNOW ABOUT THE DEATH OF JESUS, AND WE KNOW HOW TO BE SAVED THROUGH HIS DEATH THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES.I CORINTHIANS 1:18For the preaching (WORD) of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.ROMANS 1:16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
11A RELATED CONCEPT: CALLED TO GOD II THESSALONIANS 2:13“But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:”2: “Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
12WE CAN ACCEPT IT OR REJECT IT! CONCLUSIONGOD CALLS PEOPLE TO HIM BY THE GOSPEL. THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO BELIEVE ARE “THE CHOSEN” OR “THE ELECT.”NO ONE IS PASSED OVER IN GOD’S DESIRE TO SAVE.THOSE WHO “RECEIVE NOT THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH” (VERSE 10) WILL PERISH.GOD DOES NOT WANT ANY TO PERISH - II PETER 3:9.SINCE GOD CALLS AND DRAWS BY TEACHING, THIS IS NOT A SUBJECTIVE “INNER CALL” - NOT A FEELING.THE CALLING AND THE DRAWING THAT GOD DOES IS THROUGH THE TEACHING DONE IN HIS WORD.WE CAN ACCEPT IT OR REJECT IT!