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Matthew 6:43 But Jesus replied, “Stop complaining about what I said. 44 For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up. 45 As it is written in the Scriptures,* ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.

A person cannot come to Jesus if he has not been drawn by the Father, taught by the Father, heard from the Father, and learned from the Father. God, not the person, plays the most active role in salvation. When someone chooses to believe in Jesus Christ as Savior, he or she does so only in response to the urging of God’s Holy Spirit. Thus no one can believe in Jesus without God’s help.

When Jesus quoted from the prophets saying, “They will all be taught by God,” he was alluding to an Old Testament view of the messianic Kingdom where all people would be taught directly by God ( Isaiah 54:13; Jeremiah 31:31-34.) He was stressing the importance of not merely hearing, but learning. We are taught by God through the Bible, our experiences, the thoughts the Holy Spirit brings, and relationships with other Christians.

Are you open to God’s teaching? Jesus’ previous statement about people being taught by God (and listening to and learning from the Father) does not mean that any person could actually see God the Father. Only Jesus has come from God’s presence, and only he has seen the Father. This last statement in itself implies divine privileges-for no man has ever seen God John 1:18; 1 Timothy 6:15-16.