no man can come to me, except the father who hath sent me, conduct him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
and he said, therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my father.
as for me, when I shall be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me.
At the same time Jesus, continuing his discourses, said, "I thank thee, O father, Lord of heaven and earth, for having revealed unto babes what thou hast hid from the wise and prudent.
O degenerate race, how can ye, wicked as ye are, utter any thing that is good? for "'tis the overflowing of the heart that the mouth dischargeth."
to whom Jesus reply'd, blessed art thou Simon, son of Jona: for 'tis not man that hath revealed this unto thee, but my father who is in heaven.
Jesus answered him, I declare unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
how can you believe, who are catching at honour one from another, regardless of that glory that comes from God only?
and the will of him who sent me is this, that I should not lose any one of those he has given me, but should raise them again at the last day: this,
it is written in the prophets, "they shall be all taught of God." every man therefore that hath heard the father, and been instructed by him, cometh unto me.
But though he had done so many miracles in their presence, yet they did not believe on him:
because a sensual disposition of mind is averse to God: for it is not subject to the divine law, nor indeed can it be.
then it was that God, who is rich in mercy, thro' his great love, wherewith he loved us,
for it is a favour bestowed upon you, that you not only believe on Christ, but suffer also for his sake,
which were buried (as Christ was) in your baptism, by virtue of which you rise (as he did) to a new life, through a belief of that divine power, which raised him from the dead.
for even we ourselves were once inconsiderate, disobedient, deluded, addicted to variety of passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, the deserving objects of mutual hatred.