In recent days there have been discussions about the drawing work of God. What I desire to do in this post is to maybe help bring to light some aspects of this issue that need further discussion. My focus here will be on John 6, mainly verses 37, 44, and 60-65. I also want to look at John 12:32 since it is often used to deny irresistible grace (as it is often called). Let me also say that my desire is that we take our eyes off ourselves and put our eyes on Jesus. What did He say? Up front I want to make a statement. You ready? Jesus only gives eternal life to those the Father has given Him. Did that statement shock you? Do you find yourself in disagreement with it? Ok. Jesus Himself made the above point in John 17 when He said, "You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life" (Jn 17:2). There it is. Jesus gives eternal life to those the Father has given Him (see Jn 17:6). Now the objection maybe raised that Jesus gives eternal life to those who believe (Jn 3:16 etc). This is true. I would propose that Jesus teaches that those the Father gives Him will believe in Him and receive eternal life. Notice what Jesus said in John 6:37: All of those the Father has given Jesus out of the world (Jn 17:6) will come to Jesus and Jesus will give them eternal life. In other words all who the Father has given to the Son will believe and receive eternal life. Please notice that Jesus said that those the Father has given Him "will" come to Him. Not "might", "maybe", "should", or "hope they will", rather they "will" come to Him. What does this mean? It simply means that before you come to Christ and are saved you must be given to the Son by the Father. Jesus Himself taught that you cannot come to Him apart from this action by the Father. Notice what He said in John 6:44... "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day" (NASB) So unless the Father gives you to Jesus and draws you to Jesus, you cannot/will not come to Jesus. Jesus repeats this teaching again in John 6:60-65... "For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father" -John 6:65 referring to vs44. Before you are saved you are given to the Son by the Father. After that you "will" come to the Son and receive eternal life. This is the point where someone will usually bring up John 12:32. Therefore I want to take a look at that verse. "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself" (NASB) Those who use this verse against the doctrine of Irresistible Grace often don't realize that, if the verse means what they say it means, the verse goes way beyond what they want it to say. If John 6:44 and John 12:32 are referring to the same drawing then all men will be saved (ie...universalism). Again notice what Jesus says in John 6:44 "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day" What will Jesus do for those the Father draws to Him? Raise them up on the last day (ie...salvation). Please note that this is the same promise given in 6:37-39... "All that the Father give Me will come to Me...that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day" -Jn 6:37a,39b So those who wish John 12:32 to be referring to the same type of "drawing" that is mentioned in John 6 must also affirm the doctrine of universal salvation. However that is rarely done. This problem is usually avoided or glossed over with fancy preaching that gets allot of "amens" from the listeners. So if I am asserting, and I am, that John 12:32 is not referring to the same type of "drawing" that is being referred to in John 6:44 (etc), then what is He referring to? I believe we can put this passage with verses like Matthew 24:14 and Revelation 7:9. Through the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ the Gospel offer is made to the entire world (Lk 24:47). All men are invited to come to Christ. Indeed whosoever will believe in Jesus will have eternal life (Jn 3:16). But who will respond to that offer? That is the question that must now be asked. The Bible clearly denies that anyone can respond on their own at their own time (see Rom 3:9-12, Jn 6:44). So who will respond? Those the Father has given to Jesus will respond (see John 10:26-27). In other words the Gospel is preached to the entire world and through that message God brings to Himself all of the elect. Indeed all men are drawn to Christ through the general offer of the Gospel, however only those the Father has given to the Son will be drawn to Christ in a saving way (ie...granted to come to Christ). All that the Father gives to Jesus will come to Jesus.