What does Jesus mean in John 6:44 when He says, “No one can come to me unless the Father draws him”?

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Have you ever studied the texts in John 6 or had discussions about them with others? I am primarily referring to the texts about how no one can come to Jesus unless the Father draws him (John 6:44), and how Jesus chose the twelve (John 6:70).

What is the meaning of the word “draw”? What is the meaning of the word “chose”? Is Jesus teaching Unconditional Election in John 6?

What is your understanding of these verses?

When will God will gather His elect (Matthew 24:31)?

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One sometimes runs into Calvinists who argue that election is true because the Bible mentions election.

Well of course the Bible teaches election!

The question, however, is not whether or not the Bible mentions election, but rather what the Bible means when it mentions election.

This post looks at what Jesus says about election in Matthew 24, and in so doing, shows that the biblical teaching of election is different than what Calvinists claim.

What does “Many are called, but few are chosen” mean in Matthew 22:14?

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In Matthew 22:14 Jesus says, For many are called, but few are chosen. While this verse seems to support the Calvinistic idea of Unconditional Election, when we study this statement in its context, we see that it teaches something else.

In this post I examine the parable of the wedding feast in Matthew 22:1-14 to see what Jesus means by his concluding statement in Matthew 22:14.

What are your thoughts about what Jesus means in this parable?

What does “For many are called, but few are chosen” mean? (Matthew 20:16)

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Are you called by God? Are you chosen by God?

What does it mean when Jesus says in Matthew 20:16 that Many are called, but few are chosen? What is the difference between the two, and what is the connection between this saying and the parable of the workers in the vineyard which Jesus just finished telling?

In Matthew 20:16, Jesus is saying that it is we who are upside down and backwards, and if we let Him, He will turn our world right way around for us so that we can see the truth and beauty that is God’s Kingdom.

Was Jeremiah saved before He was born? (Jeremiah 1:4-5)

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Have you ever wondered what it means for God to have chosen or set aside Jeremiah while he was still in his mother’s womb? What does this mean? Why did God do this?

Does Jeremiah 1:4-5 teach that God unconditionally elects some people to receive eternal life before they are ever even born?

God Loves it When you Argue with Him (Exodus 33:19)

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Exodus 33:19 mercy and compassion

Exodus 33:19 is at the end of a very long debate between God and Moses about God’s plans for the people of Israel. In this discussion, God shows Moses that He has no desire to kill and destroy His people, for His character is centered on mercy and compassion.

God does not tell His people to shut up and sit down because He is God and can do what He wants! No, He invites debate and discussion about His plans and purposes.

Some Surprising Truths about God’s So-Called “Election” of Abram in Genesis 12:1-3

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The point of God’s calling of Abram in Genesis 12 and 15 has nothing whatsoever do with the election or predestination of some to receive eternal life.

Instead, God’s calling of Abram was so that he would be a blessing to the world.

God did call Abram. But it was not necessarily unconditional, nor did it have to do with Abram’s eternal life. The calling of Abram was a calling to service.

God selected Abram to be a blessing to the world.

The Church is an Elect People

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The church is chosen by God. But the church did not replace Israel. The church is the fulfillment of the reason God chose Israel as His elect nation. And just as God chose Israel to be a blessing to the world, so also, the church, as the elect people of God, are to be a blessing to the world.