No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.
And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”
And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”
The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.
I led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love,
And I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws;
And I bent down and fed them.
“Draw me after you and let us run together!
The king has brought me into his chambers.”
“We will rejoice in you and be glad;
We will extol your love more than wine.
Rightly do they love you.”
They do not know, nor do they understand, for He has smeared over their eyes so that they cannot see and their hearts so that they cannot comprehend.
“Can the Ethiopian change his skin
Or the leopard his spots?
Then you also can do good
Who are accustomed to doing evil.
At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.
You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.
And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?
This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.
It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught of God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.
Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.
But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him.
because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.