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TV Broadcast #1019

The Father Draws His Own

April 15, 2012

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1019 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: God has one answer to the need of every human being. That answer is not a religion. That answer is a Person. He that has the Son has life. He that has not the Son has not life. It’s real, real simple. We’re gonna have to have Jesus. We’re gonna have to have Him, because life is in Him. You get Him, you get the life that’s in Him. “He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” (NIV). So eating is coming and believing, isn’t it?

“But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.” So Jesus recognized, obviously, these were unbelievers. They had no idea what he was talking about. But now he declares something that gives me a lot of hope, today. He says, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.”

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Praise God! In the first place Jesus was not concerned about drawing a crowd, was He? You know we are, sadly, far too much concerned about those things. But Jesus had a perfect rest, didn’t He? He understood this is part of the outworking of a divine purpose, that there’s people that God’s worked in their hearts, and because He’s worked in their hearts, they will come to Me. And if they come to Me, I’m not gonna drive them away, because I recognize this is a divine purpose that I’ve yielded myself to it.

Jesus, Himself, yielded to the divine purpose that He calls us to yield to. So here’s Jesus declaring the purpose of God. God’s gonna give me these that He wants to come. They will come to Me…there’s a definite statement of fact.

That’s true today. How many will come to Him? All—everyone who will come, the ones the Father gives. There is a sovereign…there is a divine enablement that has to happen. Nobody can come…well, it says that later on. We’ll get to that in a minute. It says, “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me, I will never drive away.” Praise God! You think God is gonna work in your heart and give you a genuine desire for Him, and He’s going to say, well, I don’t know about you. I tell you, His arms are going to be wide open.

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He paid the full measure of price to save you. Do you think He’s gonna stop short of doing what it takes to finish the job the Father sent Him to do? I don’t. Praise God! So listen to what he says here. “…I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” That’d be a good lesson for us. What’s our purpose in life…to do what we want to do? That’s just sin—that just leads to death. If we’re living lives of self-will, self-driven, we’re gonna wrap ourselves in some kind of religious garb and imagine that we’re okay…we’re not. We need to surrender our hearts, and our minds, and our wills to Him as Jesus did.

What an example. I came down here…I didn’t come because I’m the Prince of Heaven, bless God, I’m here to take charge. I came down as a weak, needy human being, totally looking to my Father to empower me, to lead me, to show me what to do, to help me to do it. What an example that is for us of what it means to serve God.”

And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.” Praise God, that’s when the resurrection happens, by the way. Which day?

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How many days after the last day are there?

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Just one little…that’s free, I’ll just throw that in there.

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There’s one little confirmation of some things that I think we understand. “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son.…” Where are you looking today? When you think about God and being ready to stand before Jesus on that day—at the judgment day, what are you looking to? What are you depending upon? Think about those in Matthew chapter 7, I think it is. They got there and they said, Lord, Lord, have we not…

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Prophesied. Have we not cast out devils. We’ve done many wonderful works in Your name. What are they pointing to? What’s their hope in?

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Why do they feel like they ought to be received?

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It’s what they did. Oh God, when I stand there, if I’m challenged, I’m gonna say…it’s Him. I was an unworthy, hopeless, lost sinner. He took my sins. You promised that if I’d put my hope in Him, You’d receive me. You think He’s going to turn one soul away who comes to Him like that. Not one.

“…Everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life…” That’s the life He came out that tomb with, isn’t it? You know we receive that right here. There is a life when we truly come to Him in faith, there is a birth that takes place. There is a real impartation of God’s life. It doesn’t fix our bodies, right away.

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I wish it would.

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And the older we get the more we realize just how frail these bodies are. But you know there is a life that is within, it’s growing, it’s there. I tell you, those of you who have it, you know. There’s something real. There’s something that’s beyond you.

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And God nurtures that, and He grows it, and He helps us to become more like Him. I tell you, one day that life will live and it’ll be free of this—these ugly bodies that we have to live in right now. They are so afflicted with sin and death. These things will die. But I’ll tell you, there’s a new one that’s coming, just like Jesus. Praise God!

That’s the hope. Folks, if all you’ve got is Adam’s life, you don’t have much to look forward to. You’re going to struggle through this life, full of frustration, full of desires and unfulfilled desires, and you’re gonna die, and you’re gonna face Jesus. That’s not a very…that’s a pretty terrifying prospect. But there is a hope that God gave us in Jesus that was authenticated when He came out of that tomb, that that life that brought Him out of that tomb is available to us, who look to Him, who put our faith in Him. Praise God!

So everyone…that’s His will, “who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life.” And once again He says, “And I will raise him up at the last day.” Except for 1,000 years and a whole bunch of other stuff…no, the last day.

“At this the Jews began to grumble about him.…” Now this tells you…this begins to reveal where they’re at. They have no idea what He’s talking about. They’re whole conception is earthly, religious, it’s a blindness of spirit, and so all these glorious things that cause us to say, wow, praise God, isn’t that awesome, thank God for the hope we have in Him…they’re grumbling. I tell you, we need to be careful when we find stuff to start grumbling about. Something’s not right.

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So they grumbled “…about him because he said, I am the bread that came down from heaven. They said, Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, I came down from heaven?” So all they see is the man. They don’t see the God who was in the man, and that was the key—that was the key. Because if He was just a man, this was a blasphemous thing to say. This was meaningless. This was the ravings of a religious lunatic, except for the fact that it happened to be true. But something was in front of their eyes, spiritually speaking, and all they saw was the man. So they grumbled.

“Stop grumbling among yourselves, Jesus answered.” Here’s the key. “No one can come to me…” So He’s given this wonderful promise about those who come, but now He says you can’t come, except what? “…Unless the Father who sent me draws him.” You see where God has to intervene. God has to work with a heart. These were people that God hadn’t worked with their hearts, or He had worked and they had rebuffed His efforts. Praise God!

You know you’ve got folks out there that just make salvation such a totally arbitrary thing that it takes us out of the equation and we have no say in the matter. I’m not willing to go to that extreme. God holds us responsible for choices that we make. We have no power in ourselves, but I tell you when God reaches out, we can reach back.

( congregational amens ).

When He gives us the grace…see, we’re saved by grace. Grace is God’s help. And there’s times when God gives out His Word in such a way that help is there—help is there. His Spirit is working and pulling on a heart, and I tell you, when somebody receives that, instead of pushing back against it, if you open your heart and you receive that, God will receive you.

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And you will be able under those conditions to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But apart from that, no man is able. Here was a large crowd of people who simply had no ability to come to Him. That’s a sobering thing. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.”

See, that’s what’s wrong with the other side of this debate in theology with it, that wants to exercise the will of man and all the stuff we can supposedly do. Your will is not free. You have no ability to come unless God draws you. Listen to this, “…And I will raise him up at the last day.” We’ve got the last day again.

“It is written in the Prophets…” Now He’s going back and talking about…He’s gonna elucidate, He’s gonna enlighten us a little bit about what He just said. “It is written in the Prophets: They will all be taught by God.” Now there’s a picture of God working with the heart. There is a teaching. There is a knowledge that comes from Heaven that is not available in anybody’s textbooks, not available just in human tradition and knowledge.

This is why some people saw God in Jesus and others did not. What happened…what was the difference? The difference was God had taught some. He had opened the eyes of their understanding so they were able to see past just the man and they were able to see God in the man. They were able to see that He was the One that was sent from heaven with the words of salvation. You see what’s making the difference.

But now listen to this. “Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.” So there’s where we come in a little bit. Don’t you know that there are people that God talks to and tries to deal with their hearts, and tries to convict them about the way they’re going, and tries to deal with them, and they go like this? What happens when somebody goes like this every time God tries to convict and tries to deal?

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Yeah, they get a little harder and a little harder, and a little harder, and the day comes when God stops. That’s not a good place to be. Oh, I’ll tell you, if God is convicting and touching your heart, you open your heart to Him. Don’t you look at that as a threat to your little kingdom. You look at that as the love of somebody who sent His Son to die so you could be rescued from death. I tell you, you get over on the other side, and you see this from Heaven’s point of view, it will look a lot different than it does down here. Oh God, if God is touching your heart…young people growing up in this church, if there comes a time in your life and there’s got to come a time in your life if you’re ever saved, God convicts and God deals with you, you listen.

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It’s His love. It’s His mercy that He would do this. You can’t come any other way. That’s the key to everything, is God dealing with your heart? What do you do when He deals with your heart? Do you allow His truth to actually take root in your heart or do you rebuff it? Everyone who listens, everyone who “…learns from him comes to me.” That’s the end result.

“I am the bread of life.” I have the life in me that you need for your soul, not just for your body. “Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” There’s more than one sense in that. They certainly had to receive Him as God’s servant. They had to see past His flesh and see the God that was in the man. You know, I quoted earlier the scripture about He came to His own and His own…

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…Received Him not. That means they didn’t recognize that this was somebody sent from God. They didn’t receive Him as who He really was. But there were some that did receive Him. Now that’s been turned into something mystical in our day. But I tell you, this was a matter of receiving the messenger. You receive the messenger, the message becomes something you value. It becomes the key then to entering in. You have the very words of God because you have the messenger of God. There’s a connection there. One flows to the other.

And so those who actually received Him as one sent from God, He gave them the power to become the children of God. How did He do that? With the truth, with the Word, with the message that He gave. That message that because they received Him…then he had the message that he gave them, they received the message, that message gave them power to become the sons of God. You see how it all plays out. That’s the same thing that’s going on here. (Whoops, I turned my page over and I’m lost here.)

So then, of course, the Jews really began to get upset and argue among themselves. “How can this man give us his flesh to eat…I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.”

Now as I say, there’s more than one sense. And I know we often emphasize the fact that God does clothe himself in flesh when He reaches out, and that’s absolutely true. But I’ll tell you, this goes right back to the Gospel and the cross.

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Because it was His flesh that He gave for the life of the world, and that’s what we have to partake of if we truly put our faith in Him. We have to see Him not just as somebody who was killed by a bunch of people back there. I have to see Him…the reason that He went to that cross with respect to me. It’s got to be personal.

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I’ve got to see that He went there because I sinned. I have got to so identify with what He did that I am in 100 percent agreement that I have no hope except for the fact, He took my sins upon Him on that cross. When He went there, He went not as my substitute only, but as my representative. Father, I have nothing to offer you, but I offer you the one sacrifice you have provided for me.

The thing is, if we don’t get to the point where we see ourselves justly on that cross, we have never partaken, we have never eaten, we have never really received all that He is. He died in your place and your place, and your place and your place. And until we can fully identify with why He died to the point where we say, I have no hope, Father. I am a guilty, lost, helpless sinner except you show me mercy. But I see what you did for me. You took my sins and you put them on Him. I receive Him. I don’t just receive Him as that, I receive Him for everything that He is. I receive Him as the One who was buried. I receive Him as the One who was raised from the dead. I receive Him as the Lord of Heaven. I receive Him as the Lord of my life. My life belongs to Him. It’s in His power to save me.

Not only that…he’s describing an ongoing thing here, isn’t He? It isn’t just the transaction…this is, now from now on I’m going to be eating from Him. I’m going to be receiving spiritual life, strength, and virtue that’s gonna nurture that new life that He’s birthed within me. I’m gonna have to feed on Him all the way from earth to Heaven. This is a total identification with Him for time and eternity. And I’ll tell you, if you do that you’re gonna automatically be connected with Him, with his people.

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Because when Jesus went away, He came back didn’t he? I mean, yes, He’s coming back bodily, visibly, but He came back in the Spirit and He inhabits His church, His true church, His people wherever they are. And it’s on that ground, as I say, that God is building a family, a body of people who have been totally identified with Him and by that life and by that transaction have been joined one to another. We’re able to see past flesh. We’re able to see past religious issues…grumbling and all those kinds of things that happen when people have their religious opinions and they’re not really seeing Christ. I tell you, we’re gonna have to see Him today, too.

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We’re gonna have to discern when He comes by His Spirit and talks to our hearts, and see past the frailty of flesh because we’ve all got it. It’s a lot like marriage isn’t it? It’s for better or for worse sometimes. And I’ll tell you, we have a Lord who is just…well, there’s no words you can say what He has given to us in Himself. I want to walk with Him and I want to walk with those that He’s in.

And I’ll tell you, we have a living hope because of what Jesus has done for us and what the Father did when He raised Him from the dead. Because He lives we’re gonna live also. Because He was raised there’s gonna come a day when we are gonna be raised from the dead the same way that He was.

Now of course, this dialogue here took place in the synagogue. I don’t think I had really realized that but that’s what it says in verse 59, so He was teaching in the synagogue at this point. But, “On hearing it, many of His disciples said, This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”

Now this wasn’t just the crowd, these were people who had been following Him. But you know Jesus had a way of sifting through and doing something in such a way that people who had the goods, stuck and those who didn’t, didn’t. But Jesus, “Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, Does this offend you?”

You know, we need to be careful when we find things that offend us. Something’s not right. A lot of times it’s just self, it’s religious opinion, it’s this and that and the other, and God needs to help us to get to the point where we’re willing to say, Lord, I surrender to you. You can give light where light is needed. You can do whatever is needed.

“Does this offend you? What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” That’s what they had to get to. They had to receive the messenger in order to get the words. But it was the virtue and the power that was in the words. When they embraced the words, having embraced the messenger, those words imparted the very life of God and people were born of that life.

It’s the same way today. I’ll tell you, God’s Word is still here in spite of us. God is still in the business of reaching out and transforming lives. And I’ll tell you, we need to pray. We need to pray with expectation. We need to pray and say, Lord, we don’t deserve this but You do.

( congregational amens ).

It was interesting Wednesday night, I guess the Lord allowed me to say something. I don’t remember the exact words but it was before I got up. I said something to this effect. I said, Lord, I don’t deserve to get up and say those things. And as quick as a flash He said, but I do.

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We need to get over ourselves.

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This is not about us and what we’re worthy of. It’s about Him. Did He not pay the price…

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…For the church that He has promised to build, that we have every right to ask things, and to believe Him for things, and to yield ourselves to Him because He is worthy.

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So that’s what we need to be asking and saying, oh look at all that’s wrong with us. Are we worthy to ask Him? He is worthy! He gave His life for people that are within the sound of our voice. We have every reason to yield ourselves to Him and trust Him to work out the things that are needful in our lives. But to say, oh God, let the Gospel go out, let it change lives. Let’s pray with expectation that God is going to change people.

You might be here this morning, God might sow the word of faith in your heart today, to give yourself to Him, and to put your faith in Him and quit fighting your own battles, and quit striving to live your own life. Just give yourself to Him, He has the power to save you for time and eternity.

Jesus said, “Yet there are some of you that do not believe. For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him.” Of course, that was Judas. “He went on to say, This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.” That’s pretty plain. So it says, “From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.”

So of course, He turns to the 12…now there were more than that still around but He was focused on them. Here it says, “You do not want to leave too, do you?” (NIV). I think “Will ye also go away?” is probably closer to the way I sense what He was trying to say, because He wasn’t…I don’t expect Him to sound anxious. He wasn’t a bit anxious. You know that from the context. There was no anxiety in Jesus.

But He did want to point something out, and He wanted to elicit from them the expression of faith that Peter comes right back to. It says, “Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go?”

Now, I would point out that Peter did not understand what Jesus had just said anymore than the rest of them did. I’m sure the language of this was couched in such a way that he didn’t really get it. He didn’t really understand what it was that Jesus was trying to say. But he knew something about Jesus that caused him to say, well, I don’t understand this, but I know who You are. I know the One that’s in You. I know that God has sent You with words that can give me eternal life. Where else am I gonna go?

This is what it takes—this is what it takes. And we need to emphasize and we need to lift up Christ in such a way that He can draw those that the Father has given to Him. Out of that He can build us together as a place that He can live and express himself in the earth.

“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” Do you know that this morning? Are you able to see past flesh and hear the voice of the Son of God that would reach out in love and mercy to you? Then I’ll tell you this morning, you put your faith in Him, you walk in the promise that God has given us in this place—in this passage. You embrace Him with all of your heart. You turn from everything that’s wrong with you, because everything is wrong with you and me, and everything is right with Him. He has the power to save completely those that come to God by Him, seeing He ever lives to pray for us. I’m so glad. I need His prayers.

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I need Him today. I need the risen, living Christ who’s there at the right hand of the Father, who’s looking back at what He did and saying, it’s enough. I did everything necessary, just put your trust in Me. I’ll bring you through. Where’s your trust? Where’s your hope this morning? Is it in Him? Praise God!