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Man's Inability to Come to Christ

Man's Inability to Come to Christ

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M.A.


John vi. 44. No man can come to me, except the Father, which
hath sent me, draw him.
BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M.A.


John vi. 44. No man can come to me, except the Father, which
hath sent me, draw him.

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MA'S IABILITY TO COME TO CHRISTBY REV. CHARLES SIMEO, M.A. John vi. 44. o man can come to me, except the Father, which hath sent me, draw him. THERE are in the holy Scriptures many doctrines which prove an offence and a stumbling-block to the world : but the reason of their exciting disgust and aversion, must be looked for, not. so much in the doctrines themselves, as in the depravity of the human heart. To a humble and contrite spirit every truth in the Bible will appear reasonable and worthy of God : it is the pride of man that takes offence at the Sacred Records, and that renders him unable to re- ceive the declarations of God. Our blessed Lord had told the Jews repeatedly, that he came down from heaven : they knowing his mother and his re- puted father, could not endure that he should arrogate to himself such high honour : but he informed them, that the ground of the offence was within themselves; they were blinded by their own prejudices, and fettered by their own lusts, so that nothing but the almighty grace of God could ever draw them to him in a becoming manner. ow this subject is difficult; we shall therefore explain it : it is deemed objectionable, and therefore we shall assign the reasons of it : it is liable to abuse, and therefore we shall guard it. T, It 809.] man's inability to come to CHRIST. 57 I. It is difficult, and therefore we shall explain it —
 
To " come to Christ" is to believe on him for salva- tion — [It cannot refer to a mere bodily approach ; because in that sense the assertion would not be true. Our Lord him- self explains his meaning, and informs us, that to come to him is of the same import with believing in him^ Our coming to him has respect to the characters which he sustains. Is he a Prophet ? we must come to him for instruction : is he a Priest ? we must come to him to make atonement for us : is he a King ? we must come to him to deliver us from all our spiritual enemies. In whatever view he is represented in the Scriptures, whether as a sun to enlighten, a fountain to cleanse, a physician to heal, or as bread to support our lives, we should come to him, feeling our need of him under that very character, and relying on him to supply all our spiritual wants.] In order to this, we should experience the drawings of the Father — [When we speak of " the Father drawing us," we appear to some as if we ascribed to him an irresistible agency, and considered men as mere machines. But we entertain no such absurd unscriptural notions. It is not with the cords of a beast, or with force and violence, that God draws us, but, as the prophet well expresses it, " with the cords of a man, and and with the bands of love "," that is, by rational considerations, and by the sweet attractions of his love. Perhaps this sub-  ject will be best understood by a familiar illustration. How was it that Jacob was drawn into Egypt ? He was made to feel the pressure of a very grievous famine : he was informed that there was plenty of corn in Egypt ; and that his dearly- beloved Joseph was the Lord of all that land, and disposed of the good things thereof to whomsoever he would : he was told, moreover, that Joseph had expressly invited him; and had sent waggons for the conveyance of his family, toge- ther with abundance of provisions by the way : and finally, he was assured that, at the end of his journey, all the good of
 
the land of Egypt should be his. Did he need, after this, to have a rope or chain fastened round him, and to be dragged into Egypt ? o : all that he needed was faith, to believe the tidings ; and when once he was fully persuaded of the truth of these things, he was willing of himself to go into that good land. It is thus that God draws his people : he causes us to feel our need of mercy ; he informs us that our beloved Jesus has all heaven at his disposal j that he has sent to invite ' ver. 35. * Hos. xi, 4. 58 JOH, VI. 44. [809. invite us to lilm, assuring us of whatever is needful by the way, and promising us all the glory of heaven at the end : and finally, he gives us faith to believe his testimony. Thus " he makes us willing in the day of his power"' ; " and a thorough belief of these truths will bend the most stubborn heart, and overcome the most reluctant mind.] Without these drawings we cannot come to Christ— [We may give an assent to all the truths of the Gopel, and may profess an attachment to our Lord himself, without any such gracious inflvience ; but we cannot really come to him in the manner before described, unless we be drawn by an almighty power. We can never apprehend him, till we are thus, as it were by a kind of magnetic influence, apprehended by him.] Such is the plain import of the subject before us ; but, II. It is deemed objectionable, and therefore we shall assign the reasons of it —

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