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John 6:44

"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him."

The word used for draws in this connection is helkuo which also has the meaning "drag". Calvinists implies that those who are saved are dragged against their own will to salvation. Their inclination is not to be saved. Father will have to drag them into it as a dead body is dragged.

We need again to look at the whole context to see whether it is true or not.

Jn 6: 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.

38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.

39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.

40 For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."

41 At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."

42 They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?"

43 "Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered.

44 "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.

45 It is written in the Prophets: 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.

46 No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.

  1. I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.

John 6:44 must be understood in the light of verse 45: "It is written in the Prophets, 'They will all be taught by God.' Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me."

All will be taught by God. Who listens to the Father and learns will come. Who believes whas eternal life. Here there is no draging concept at all. The evident concept is draw or attract. Every teaching has a drawing or dragging through reason and persuation. Every philosophy is taught by dragging in a way. In that sense there is nothing new in this passages to suggest an efficacious grace to give life so that they can understand. Arenít all knowledge imparted like this. In fact that is one of main principles of teaching. Make the subject interesting and they will learn by themselves. No one learns anything good or evil unless God drags him into it. This grace then is universal applying to everything from alphabet to spiritual matters. These passages do not refer to total inability or total depravity.

It is through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God that people come to the knowledge of salvation.
This is confirmed by Peter :

1 Pet.1: 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.

  1. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.


James 1: 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
and Paul:

Rom 10: 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,

13 for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

15 And how can they preach unless they are sent?