Lesson 3

Jesus tells us we need to be drawn or called by God to him. He also said only those who believe in him can get to God. This seems to leave people not called by God, alienated from him through no fault of their own. Having not heard, they simply were not drawn to Jesus in the first place. Leaving them no possibility to believe in Jesus. Romans 10:11-15 in the American Standard Version explains how only those who learn of Jesus and call upon him can be saved.

Romans 10:11-15
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be put to shame. 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek: for the same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich unto all that call upon him: 13 for, Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 and how shall they preach, except they be sent? even as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that bring glad tidings of good things!

This process severely limits those who can be saved to those who are reached. 

Most Christians believe those who don’t accept Jesus during this life are without hope, utterly lost to their sins and beyond salvation. However, God explains he wants all to be saved. He is love, and wants all of humanity to share in love with him. 

2 Peter 3:9 GOD’S WORD Translation
9 The Lord isn’t slow to do what he promised, as some people think. Rather, he is patient for your sake. He doesn’t want to destroy anyone but wants all people to have an opportunity to turn to him and change the way they think and act.

This conundrum has caused some to question if Jesus really is the only path to God. They justifiably argue, those who never heard about Jesus, through no fault of their own, have no chance at salvation. Not learning of any other future possibilities, most of these thinkers turn away from Jesus and their Christian God of love, to follow the world’s spiritual imaganings. What are some of the ways other religions use to know God? Were the Bereans tempted to learn from the worldly religions around them? Where did the Bereans go to find Godly wisdom? Where should Christians seek Godly wisdom?

Lesson 2

Jesus echoes John 3:16 when he tells the people he is the only one who can supply the bread of life. They can receive that bread only by believing in him, the one sent by God. Those who believe in Jesus will always be satisfied.

John 6:27/29,32-39…43-45 Easy-to-Read Version

27 But earthly food spoils and ruins. So don’t work to get that kind of food. But work to get the food that stays good and gives you eternal life. The Son of Man will give you that food. He is the only one qualified by God the Father to give it to you.”

29 Jesus answered, “The work God wants you to do is this: to believe in the one he sent.”

32 Jesus said, “I can assure you that Moses was not the one who gave your people bread from heaven. But my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 God’s bread is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 35 Then Jesus said, “I am the bread that gives life. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry. No one who believes in me will ever be thirsty.

Jesus went on to expand on John 3:16 by explaining, not everyone would believe in him. His believers were given to him by his father and none would be rejected or lost.

36 I told you before that you have seen me, and still you don’t believe. 37 The Father gives me my people. Every one of them will come to me. I will always accept them. 38 I came down from heaven to do what God wants, not what I want. 39 I must not lose anyone God has given me…

Jesus explains only those who are drawn by God can follow him and others cannot.

43 But Jesus said, “Stop complaining to each other. 44 The Father is the one who sent me, and he is the one who brings people to me. I will raise them up on the last day. Anyone the Father does not bring to me cannot come to me. 45 It is written in the prophets: ‘God will teach them all.’ People listen to the Father and learn from him. They are the ones who come to me.

When did you answer your calling by God? What does it look like to be drawn by God? How does God teach the drawn out ones? How do they listen? How should those called, respond? Do they have a choice?