"I will draw all unto Me." This is a very wonderful subject. One of the first things that must strike you is this: that if we are to be drawn to Christ we must naturally be afar off from Him. This is just what we are. Now the sinner, in his sins, is dead spiritually, and he is far off from Christ, so far off that he would never, never, never desire to return, were it not that the Spirit of God first works in him the will and the desire. Beloved, this is a more offensive doctrine to men than election itself,--to tell men that they are dead, spiritually--helpless and powerless, far off from Christ, is shocking. But it is Scriptural, nevertheless. Then, "at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world." Aliens to Christ,--strangers to Christ,--but now brought nigh to Christ. (Eph. 2:12,13) Distance from Christ is implied in this part of our text, "I will draw all unto Me."
Our text says, "I will draw all unto Me." "I will draw." Then there is the extent of this drawing, "all;" and the Person to whom they are drawn, "unto Me."
"I will draw." The Father draws to Christ, and the Holy Ghost draws to Christ. This is explained to us very beautifully in the 6th Chapter of John's Gospel, at the 44th verse. "No man" cometh, or "can come to Me, except the Father Who hath sent Me draw him." Now look at what follows: "And I will raise Him up at the last day." Christ never leaves a person when he is once brought to Him, but He keeps him for ever.
The drawing is explained as being "taught of God." "It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall be all taught of God.'" (John 6:45) What is this teaching? This is the secret. Why, the Holy Ghost is the Great Teacher. And when He teaches a man, then it is he knows there is nothing good in himself. He breaks his heart for him, and makes him feel very ignorant, and very willing to be instructed. "And they shall be all taught of God." Not one of God's children goes to heaven untaught. "Every man therefore that hath heard,"--some may hear and not learn,--"Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me." Well, here we have a grand display of the Father's love melting the sinner's heart,--the mighty working of the Holy Ghost goes on within "casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringeth into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."
Christ draws by His grace, beauty, and holiness. The sinner feels his need of such a glorious Christ, and flies to Him as the needle to the magnet.
"I will draw." Some say that it is clear from these words that Christ never forces, nor drives a person, but draws him. I do not see that they gain anything by this. What do you think about it? Were you dealt with in a rough or smooth way in being brought to the Lord? Come, let us try to be honest with one another. I know that with some of you God has dealt roughly at times. He dealt roughly with Paul. If He did not, why did the Apostle cry out so bitterly? The Lord does as He pleases. He either draws, drives, or forces a person to Himself as He sees fit. He knows the best way of dealing with each of His children.
Let us make use of an illustration: I will draw. What more glorious image is there in the whole of nature than the Sun in the firmament of heaven. See how he is described in the 19th Psalm: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof." (verses 1-6) Well, it is this Sun which is such a glorious image of the Lord Jesus Christ. You know that it is an ascertained fact that everything upon the surface of the earth is drawn to the center of the earth; and that everything also that is in the solar system,--every planet, great or small, every comet,--everything, indeed, is drawn to the center of the Sun. The Sun keeps everything in the solar system in place. He is the source of all order, the fountain of all the life and of all the light of everything connected with his system. Look at this, and apply it to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the "Sun of Righteousness Who has risen with healing in His Wings." (Malachi 4:2) He is the Center of attraction in the heavenly system of the Church of God. There is not a saint in the whole of this system, who is not attracted or drawn to the Center, the Lord Jesus Christ. He holds the whole Church of God in her place. He is the Cause of all order among the saints. He is the Fountain of all life and light to believers. Their life is Christ's and their light is Christ's.
Does Christ use no force? Yes, verily, it is the irresistible force of His powerful attraction. "I will draw all unto Me." I scarcely think it worth while to answer objections. Yet some one will say: "Yes, Jesus will draw me, if I will let Him. He will not, or cannot, draw me without, for I can resist Him;" and so on. Well, these are very clever persons, very,--more so than I am. I am, in myself, too weak to boast on my strength. God forbid that I should glory as a poor and fallen creature. I would glory in the Lord Jesus Christ. I delight to glory in Him, Who draws me unto Himself, is spite of every foe. May He be the One great Object of attraction, of love, and of glory.
By "all: I mean all the elect, all those whom the Father has given to His Son from everlasting, and for whom the Lord Jesus shed His most precious blood, and whom the Holy Ghost quickens in His own time. "Oh!" some say "those are the all, are they?" Yes, all those who lived under the Old Dispensation, and were saved, were saved on the credit of Christ's death. They were all drawn to Christ. All the children of God under the Gospel Dispensation either have been or shall be drawn to Christ. When He comes again He will bring His saints with Him, and He will change His own who are living upon the earth, and give to those who are sleeping in Him their bodies, that they may be glorified together with Him, and then they shall be with Him for ever as their Lord.
Whence "will He draw all" these? I was about to say--from which denomination? Now there will be no denominations in heaven? "No person can be saved by the law or sect which he professes." Not he, indeed! There will be only one sect in heaven, and it will be the one which is now everywhere spoken against. (Acts 28:22) This sect is saved in and through Christ Jesus the Lord. He draws them all unto Himself: "with the cords of a man, and with bands of love." (Hosea 11:4) The loving sympathy of Jesus makes them all fall in love with Him. So acceptable is He to them, and so powerfully His love operate upon them, that babes and children, men and maidens, young and old, are drawn unto Him. This is comforting to the children of God? "I will draw all of them unto Me."
Notice the Person to Whom they are drawn. "Unto Me"--"Myself." Are they drawn unto a Church, or unto a Chapel, or unto a Cathedral? Let us look at the text again. It is "unto ME"--"ME"--"the Almighty God," Who can keep you and preserve you unto the heavenly kingdom. "UNTO ME"--Who can put down all your enemies, and give you the victory. "UNTO ME"--your Saviour; and there is salvation in no other. "UNTO ME"--you Advocate and your Priest. "UNTO ME"--your Friend and your Brother, "a Brother born for adversity," and the "Friend that sticketh closer than a brother." "UNTO ME"-- the only Foundation on which you are secure and safe. "UNTO ME"--your Strength and Support. "UNTO ME"--your Angel to go before you. "UNTO ME"--your Life and your Light. "UNTO ME"--your Instructor and Guide, your Food and Raiment, your King and Conqueror. "UNTO ME"--"MYSELF"--your "All in All." "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all unto ME." Amen and Amen!!