Come to Me – John 6:35-51
Biblically belief is reliance. It’s a well-founded confidence, an unwavering assurance, a rock-solid, truth-grounded, trust in Jesus to save you from sin. In this sermon Pastor David examines what Jesus teaches about Belief in John 6: the nature of belief, the source of belief, the results that flow from belief and most importantly the object of our belief. Jesus teaches that man is powerless to come to Jesus unless God enables him.
Jesus said to them, “I AM the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from Heaven, not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I should lose nothing of all that He has given Me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life, and I will raise Him up on the last day.” 41 So the Jews grumbled about Him, because He said, “I AM the bread that came down from Heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down from Heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 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 will all be taught by God.’
Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me, 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I AM the bread of life.
49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from Heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I AM the living bread that came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”
65 And He said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted Him by the Father.”
George J. Prinkey
Oh so correct that God’s sovereignty in salvation is resisted…even hated among many Christians. We hear and sing about His sovereignty until it gets to this part of that sovereignty. God’s sovereignty and Man’s responsibility are not contradictive to one another. We see this in John 3 in the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus.
MacArthur refers to this as twin truths that run parallel to each other. These truths cannot simply be reconciled. Nevertheless, it must be believed because this is the clear teaching of scripture. Those who cannot accept it this simply are not willing to believe this doctrine because it seems, to them, to take control away from them. They refuse to accept God’s complete and total sovereignty over everything and everyone.
To me, what they in essence doing is to rob God of all the glory for our salvation. Sovereignty means to be in ultimate power with no equal or the need to do what the sovereign wants to do.
Paul knew that his listeners would object to this doctrine about the totality of God’s sovereignty.
One of you will say to me, “Then why does God still find fault? For who can resist His will?” 20But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, “Why did You make me like this?” 21Does not the potter have the right to make from the same lump of clay one vessel for special occasions and another for common use?… (Rom. 9:19-21)