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Watering the Tulips


“All that the Father giveth me, will come to me: and him that cometh to me, I cast not away” (John 6:37)

In our previous lessons, we have dealt with the sovereignty of God in the salvation of sinners. First, we learned that the natural man is dead in his sins. He is unable and unwilling to save himself. He could not be more separated from God than he is. Secondly, we learned that God was the great Actor in salvation. God is both our physical and spiritual Creator. Salvation is not an accident. Thirdly, we learned that Jesus effectively paid for the sins of His people. He literally put our sins away as far as the East is from the West. He saved “his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

Today, we want to build on these thoughts. Our text teaches us that those whom Christ bought will surely come to Him by faith. They will be drawn to Him by the Father (John 6:44). Thankfully, we never see an instance in God’s Word where He tried to save a soul and failed. Christ is the successful Savior. When we pray to God for the salvation of our loved ones and friends, we have full assurance that He is more than capable of drawing them to Christ if it’s His will. Wouldn’t it be terrible to pray a defeated prayer to a God that was unable to save men? Thanks be to God that He is able.

How does God reach His children? He calls them by the Gospel. Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first and also to the Grecian.” The Gospel is God’s chosen way of reaching His chosen people (I Corinthians 1:21). Do you remember the day that the Gospel came to you in the power of the Holy Spirit (I Thessalonians 1:4, 5)?

Child of God, are you thankful for the work of God in your life? Do you realize that it is God that began a good work in you (Philippians 1:6)? Do you daily thank Him for saving you from yourself? Praises be to Him that made us alive even when we were dead in our sins (Ephesians 2:1).

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