Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 18, 2018

“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” – “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 8:18-22.

“Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to depart to the other side of the sea.  Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”  Jesus *said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”  Another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.”  But Jesus *said to him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.”  Matthew 8:18-22.

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Like the scribe, we may think that we have free-will and the ability to follow Jesus.  “Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”  Verse 19.

But, we notice that Jesus did not thank him nor compliment him.  Rather, Jesus pointed to the difficulty of following Him.  Verses 20-22.

Nevertheless, other doctrine still focus on man and man’s alleged free-will and man’s ability to follow Jesus.

But, there is hope!

Reformed Doctrine recognizes the hope that is in God alone and focuses on God and God’s grace which gives to man all that man needs to follow Jesus.  Reformed Doctrine summarizes this gift as “Irresistible Grace”, the “I” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him;  and I will raise him up on the last day.”  John 6:44.

“And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”  John 6:65.

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” John 6:37.


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