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  • « Galatians 1 - The Same Gospel | Main | Has Tolerance become Intolerant? »

    Harmonizing...

    “And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”—John 5:40.

    “No man can come to me except the Father, who hath sent me, draw him…. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me”

    “Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not: and he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.”—John 6:44, 45, 64, 65.

    This is how Andrew Fuller harmonized the above passges:

    First, There is no way of obtaining eternal life but by Jesus Christ….

    Secondly, They that enjoy eternal life must come to Christ for it….

    Thirdly, It is the revealed will of Christ that everyone who hears the gospel should come to him for life….

    Fourthly, The depravity of human nature is such that no man, of his own accord, will come to Christ for life….

    Fifthly, The degree of this depravity is such as that, figuratively speaking, men cannot come to Christ for life….

    Sixthly, A conviction of the righteousness of God’s government, of the spirituality and goodness of his law, the evil of sin, our lost condition by nature, and the justice of our condemnation, is necessary in order to our coming to Christ….

    Lastly, There is absolute necessity of a special Divine agency in order to our coming to Christ…. Upon the whole, we see from these passages taken together, first, if any man is lost, whom he has to blame for it—himself; secondly, if any man is saved, whom he has to praise for it—God.[1]

    [1]Andrew Gunton Fuller, The Complete Works of Andrew Fuller, Volume 1: Memoirs, Sermons, Etc., ed. Joseph Belcher (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications, 1988), 667-69.

    HT: Evan Burns

    Posted by John Samson on May 4, 2013 09:37 AM

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