"no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; then I will raise him to life on the last day.
So He added, "That is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it be granted him by the Father."
And I-- if I am lifted up from the earth--will draw all men to me."
About that time Jesus exclaimed, "I heartily praise Thee, Father, Lord of Heaven and of earth, that Thou hast hidden these things from sages and men of discernment, and hast unveiled them to babes.
O vipers' brood, how can you speak what is good when you are evil? For it is from the overflow of the heart that the mouth speaks.
"Blessed are you, Simon Bar-jonah," said Jesus; "for mere human nature has not revealed this to you, but my Father in Heaven.
"In most solemn truth I tell you," answered Jesus, "that unless a man is born anew he cannot see the Kingdom of God."
How is it possible for you to believe, while you receive glory from one another and have no desire for the glory that comes from the only God?
And this is the will of Him who sent me, that of all that He has given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it to life on the last day.
It stands written in the Prophets, 'And they shall all of them be taught by God'. Every one who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to me.
How is it you do not understand me when I speak? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my words.
But though He had performed such great miracles in their presence, they did not believe in Him--
Abandonment to earthly things is a state of enmity to God. Such a mind does not submit to God's Law, and indeed cannot do so.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the intense love which He bestowed on us,
For you have had the privilege granted you on behalf of Christ--not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer on His behalf;
having been buried with Him in your baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith produced within you by God who raised Him from among the dead.
For there was a time when we also were deficient in understanding, obstinate, deluded, the slaves of various cravings and pleasures, spending our lives in malice and envy, hateful ourselves and hating one another.