A Short Study of John 6:65
“And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.”
I have heard many say over the years that they agree with all but one of the doctrines of grace. Some will have none of unconditional election. Others reject the thought of particular redemption. But these are not the real issue. These things are not the main point at which they rebel. The point at which they really rebel is the first. They reject the doctrine of total depravity! By nature they resist the clear teaching of the Bible with regards to the real condition of all men. If they believed what God says that they are, they would believe in the necessity of the other points. If man is totally depraved, that is, if sin has so permeated his whole being, polluted every aspect of his person and left him spiritually dead in trespasses and sin, then salvation can only come by the God of sovereign, omnipotent grace. God must choose him; Christ must die as a Substitute in his place and the Holy Spirit must give him life and faith and preserve him. The Bible says plainly that in Adam all died. It pictures the state of man which requires such almighty grace as being one of spiritual paralysis and death. “You will not come to me that you might have life.” The dead cannot give themselves life nor come to Him who is Life! Listen to Christ 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.”
Again in John 6:65: “And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.”
The word “can” has to do with ability. We are described by God as “lost, dead, polluted, unrighteous, blind,” and much more. But men deny this truth and give men what they call a “free will.” The truth is, our wills are bound to our fallen nature. Left to myself, I am only free to be me, a spiritually dead, God-hating sinner! God must save us, do for us what we cannot do for ourselves, save us altogether in One outside ourselves, the Lord Jesus Christ. We must BE saved, rescued, made alive and given faith in Him who is Life. The glory of God in salvation is that He has the ability to save us and He has saved a people all by Himself in Christ. That’s the only way they could be saved! No man ever knows his condition until God comes to him in sovereign grace and power and gives him life. Paul said, “I was before a blasphemer.” When did he learn that? When God brought him to life! As one made alive by God he then rejoiced in every doctrine of God’s grace! He thanked God and preached the gospel of God’s free grace wherein He chose us in Christ, redeemed us by Christ, called us effectually by the Holy Spirit and keeps us. All to the praise of the glory of His grace! All fell in Adam but all in Christ He raised up!