|Minister:||Rev. Ronald Van Overloop|
|Psalters:||225, 179, 378, 251|
- Mighty power.
- The elected and redeemed must have the benefits of Christ’s death applied to them so they possess salvation.
- This part of salvation is a work of great power. Consider the meaning of the word “draw.”
- Man is unable to come to Christ by himself; he must be drawn by God to Christ.
- The same mighty power which sent Jesus into the world is the power which draws every elect sinner to Him.
- The Person who effects this change in the sinner is the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Christ.
- Scripture shows that the Spirit is at work in salvation (Rom. 8;14; I Cor. 2:13,14; 12:3; I Peter 1:2).
- Thus he willingly turns/come to Christ as Savior and Lord (John 6:37,44,45,64,65; 10: 3-6,26-29); I Cor. 2:14).
- This work is always effective - the Holy Spirit never fails to bring to salvation every sinner in whom He works.
- He applies salvation to every sinner that He intends to save, and it is His intention to save all of the elect and only them.
- The inward work of the Spirit never fails to result in the conversion of those in whom He works.
- Consider the reasons this power unto salvation is irresistible?
- The fruit of God’s irresistible drawing is our coming!
- Whereas we were unwilling before God draws, we do not remain unwilling!
- Notice that God draws by having the elect hear and learn the preaching of Christ (45b; III,IV-6,11a,17).
- All who come receiving the gospel and believing on Jesus, have reason for great assurance.
- We who come because of our being drawn realize that we eternal gratitude to God and give Him thanks forever (III,IV-15a).