Who did Christ die for? This question is being asked often these days and it is very clear that both those who are asking and those who are answering have not read their Bibles. They have failed to read and understand a few very clear and simple statements made by Christ in "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." (John 6:37). How clear and how simple. Christ died for those the Father gave Him!
“These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy son, that thy son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.” (John 17:6). “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.” (John 17:1, 2).
“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but I for them which thou hast given me; for they are mine. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as are we. “ (John 17:9 & 11).
"For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." (John 6: 38). What a wonderful statement. Christ said, "I come to do the will of my Father," not His own will, or man's will, but the will of God the Father. God is in charge!
What a difference there is between the words of Christ, and those of men. The words men have used to explain who Christ died for would fill a vast number of books and still their readers would not understand who Christ died for! Christ used just a few words to make clear that He had come to do the will of the Father, and that will was for Christ to die for the sins of those the Father had sent Him to die for.
Yet, incredibly, the debate goes on… some saying that Christ said in John 3:16 "Whosoever will" and this makes many happy, giving them the feeling that it is their own choice and not God's. To them, I say, you need to be humbled and emptied of your pride. You cannot find one place in the Bible where Christ pleaded with anyone to come unto Him.
I ask you who cling to the words "whosoever" in John 3:16, as if it meant it is man's choice, to read your Bible again. (At this point I suggest you read my article on John 3:16, because I believe there are many who need to read it and understand John 3:16 in order to accept and understand election and the truth found in that article).
”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.” (John 6:37).
The statement "except it were given him " plainly teaches that it is the Father Who is doing the drawing and that it is only by and through His internal works, not man's, that makes it possible for a person to come to Christ. When God performs that internal work, He starts the drawing unto him and the rest is certain, no matter how long it takes or how often one falters, the one who is called shall come.
The statement "no man can come to me, except the Father draw him" is repeated again in John 6:44. Christ wanted to make it clear - and clear it is – that it is God who is doing the choosing. He will draw His elect, not someone who is pleading with Him to come. You cannot find one place in your Bible where someone is told to go plead with anyone to come unto Christ. That is something man dreamed up!
”And when many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard [this], said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?” (John 6: 60). This makes it clear that even in those days many people did not like the idea that they were not the ones who did the choosing and would not hear. And what did Christ say? He repeated the words again. “And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.” (John 6:65).
Here, again, Christ is making it very clear that it must be "given unto a man to come" to Christ. No-one can come except it be the will of the Father. Who is choosing who? God is choosing whom He will draw, not man, a created being.
“From that [time] many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.” (John 6:66). They left the area; they went away; they did not want to hear and would not hear the truth. Did Christ start pleading with them to come back or tell them they should think about what He was telling them? Did He beg them to trust Him or believe in Him? No. He asked the twelve disciples, who were still with Him, if they were going to leave also. ”Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?” (John 6: 67).
Now, I urge you to think about what Christ said to those He was talking to and then ask yourself this: ‘Why did Christ not try to convince them they should come unto him?’ He did not plead, because He knew it was the Father Who would do the drawing (an act that had already taken place in eternity and thus was a fixed and certain thing). The statement "except it were given him" plainly tells us that it is the Father Who is doing the drawing, and that it is only by and through His internal works, not man's, wherein it is given unto a person to come to Christ.
When God performs that internal work, He starts that drawing unto Him and the rest is certain, no matter how long it takes or how often one falters. They shall come. "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out." (John 6:37).
The words, “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me”, were spoken with absolute certainty, because Christ said He had come to do the will of the Father and that no-one was able to come to Him, except the Father draw them. Therefore, none could come to Him except they be divinely drawn by the will of the Father, and, by definition, none that were being drawn would fail to come!
© November 2003
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