Man’s ‘Free’ Will: Always Wanting the Final Say

  • Jesus answered and said to them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on nthe last day.” (Jn 6:43-44)
  • Nhưng Chúa Giê-xu đáp, “Các ngươi đừng xầm xì với nhau làm gì. Cha là Đấng đã sai ta đến. Không ai có thể đến với ta nếu Cha không dẫn họ đến; còn ta sẽ khiến người ấy sống lại trong ngày cuối cùng. (Gi. 6:43-44; BPT)


‘While modern evangelicals normally seek reasons for rejection of Christ in psychology, upbringing, background, or in the failure of the “presentation,” Jesus goes beyond the creaturely and touches upon the eternal reality. Again we find man’s inabilities put in the forefront in contrast with God’s ability. Why do these stand before the incarnate Lord in disbelief? Because they are not able, in and of themselves, to come to the very Bread of Life. “No one can come to Me” Christ says.

‘These are not words to be glossed over. Non-Reformed Protestants simply cannot explain Jesus’ meaning. The religions of men, Roman Catholicisim, and Arminianism, all share one thing in common: the deep desire to maintain the ability of man to control the work of God in salvation and always have the “final say.” The blunt assertion of Christ refutes this error [“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him”]. The fact is, outside of the divine action of drawing the elect to Christ none would come to Him. It is beyond the capacity of the fallen man.’

James White, The Potter’s Freedom, p.85


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