Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 27, 2018

“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 16:13-20.

“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah;  but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”  He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”  Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.  I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church;  and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven;  and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”  Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.”  Matthew 16:13-20.

————–

Peter was blessed because God revealed Who Jesus was to Peter.

Some thought Jesus was some miracle worker or prophet.  But, Jesus was much more.  Jesus was the One and Only Christ, the son of the living God, Who shared divinity with God the Father and Who was Lord and Savior.  Peter did not learn that from any human;  God the Father revealed it to Peter.

“It is the Spirit who gives life;  the flesh profits nothing;  the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.  But there are some of you who do not believe.”  For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.  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.”

As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.  So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?”  Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have words of eternal life.  We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”  John 6:63-69.

Consider that despite all of Jesus’ miracles, despite all of Jesus prophecies and all of the other words of His wisdom, and despite Jesus’ compassion on the people, many withdrew and did not believe that Jesus was the One and Only Christ, the son of the living God, Who shared divinity with God the Father as “the Holy One of God”.  They did not believe because God chose to not reveal it to them.

And yet, other doctrine continues to rely on its own wisdom and its own will to both learn Who Jesus is and to teach it to others.

But, Reformed Doctrine relies on God alone to both learn Who Jesus is and to teach it to others.  In a nutshell, Reformed Doctrine sees the necessity of Christ Himself building His church.

Salvation is a work of God from the beginning to the end:  from the beginning of God’s “Unconditional Election” through God’s “Limited Atonement” through God’s “Irresistible Grace” to the end of God’s “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Jesus said:  “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church;  …”.  Verse 18.  Let us not only focus on Peter.  Let us not forget that Peter did not come to faith in Christ through his own wisdom or his own will.  In other words, it is not important whether Jesus built His church on Peter or built His church on someone else.  What is important is that Jesus Himself will build His church.

“What then is Apollos?  And what is Paul?  Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.  So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.”  1 Corinthians 3:5-7.

Jesus stated:  “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him;  and I will raise him up on the last day.  It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.’  Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.”  John 6:44-45.


Categories

%d bloggers like this: