Our Lord said, “No man can come to me except my Father which sent me draw Him.” John 6:44
And you can call this “high doctrine” or “low doctrine.” You can call it “fatalistic,” “hyper-Calvinism,” or “antinomianism.” Just put any name you want to but it’s God Word. “No man, (whatever it is, talent, gift, intelligence, disposition, or denomination, or whatever) no man can, (is able, has the will, and has the desire) to come to me.”
To come to Christ is to believe on Him, to receive Him. “Except my Father, (not excluding the Son, who purchased us and the Holy Spirit who calls us) except my Father draw him, (that is call him, convict him, awaken him, reveal Christ to him).”
We call on God but you realize it’s because He called on us. We love Him, why, because He first loved us? “Herein is love not that we loved God. He loved us and gave Himself for us.”
Yes sir; Abraham came out of Ur the Chaldees because God called him out. Yes, Noah built an ark because “He found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Yes, Paul on the road to Damascus cried, “Lord, what will you have me do?” But it wasn’t until the Lord of glory smote him down into the dust.
We call because He called. “Salvation is of the Lord and no man can come to me except my Father which sent me draw him.” And if we believe that we’ll be like the old leper. When Christ came down from the mountain and the old leper ran to meet him, helpless, hopeless, in desperate need, in desperate circumstances, and fell on his face before the sovereign Lord Jesus Christ and he said unto Him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”
“Now I can’t do it myself and my pastor can’t do it, my momma can’t do it, my daddy can’t do it. My wife and husband can’t do it and my son and daughter can’t do it. You’re the only one who can make me clean. You are the only one who can give me repentance and faith. You’re the only one who can give me the new birth. You’re the only one who can give me life eternal. Lord; that’s what I want, and I won’t let you go unless you bless me.”
– Henry Mahan