John 6:44 says: “No one comes to me unless the Father who sent me draws him…”
John Piper had a great sermon on this that I will link to on my blog for future reference…or encouragement.
Excerpt From His Commentary:
This is in absolutely, totally, and undoubtedly not in any conflict whatsoever with your coming freely
by freely i simply mean coming b/c you want to come (freedom = doing what you want to do and not regretting it in years later)
nobody comes to Jesus who doesn’t want to come to Jesus
nobody comes to Jesus who hasn’t chosen to come to Jesus
nobody comes to Jesus who doesn’t come by an act of their own will
I’m just saying when you perform that act of will, experience this, when you do come — there’s a reason: GOD
Those whom the Father draws will come to me.
And when we come, we come to him freely…with zero coercion
We come freely with zero constraint
We do what we want to do, or it isn’t faith
Faith sees Him as life, treasure, all…and says YES
There is no constraint here
There is the freest moment of your life
(I think this would shock most anti-Calvinists and Piper-haters. This is also extremely comforting to me, because I was starting to feel like I was a Calvinist nut-job and maybe John Piper was too…I praise God that I heard this sermon this morning. I still may be a nut job (ask my wife) but I feel much more assured and at peace and reinforces where I feel the Lord has me standing)
God is GOD. He is sovereign over ALL.
He knows EVERYTHING.
That’s His JOB. (not yours)
He is drawing you to Him thru His Son and the reconciliation he offers.
You respond to this drawing, you make a choice, of your free will.
…but don’t think for a minute that he didn’t know before the foundation of the world was laid what your choice would be.
…and don’t think for a minute that he didn’t ordain that choice
he’s God. Remember?
Another great post to remember for the future is here