By Jim Murriner
The Word of God is very clear that whosoever willeth to come unto Christ for salvation, may do so.
There are even a number of scriptures which tell us so, among them is John 3:15
"That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life."
The scriptures tell us that we were in darkness before we were saved but, John 12:46 assures us that whosoever believeth will no longer dwell in darkness.
"I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness."
The salvation which we have in the Lord Jesus Christ is spoken of in the Bible as the water of life, and in both John 4:13 -14 and in Revelation 22:17 we are told that whosoever will may take of the
water of life freely.
We are even assured in John 6:37 that no one who comes unto Jesus will ever be turned away.
"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
The real problem is not that people will want to come unto Christ for salvation and He will not let them come, or that the wrong person might come and Christ will turn them away, but the problem lies in the fact that man is not capable of coming unto Jesus.
Romans 3:9-11 tells us that no one left to themselves have a will to come unto Christ,
9 "What then? Are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;”
10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”
11 “There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God."
Romans 8:7 tells us that prior to the Lord giving us a new birth, we were enemies of God.
" Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."
We could not seek after God, or have a will to come unto Jesus Christ, prior to the new birth, because we were dead.
"And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;"
God never turned away any who were willing to come unto Him, but we cannot become willing on our own. God must work in us (and on us) to cause us to be willing.
"For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."
While it is indeed true that whosoever will may come unto Christ, those of us who are saved, can not have any pride in that we were willing to come unto Him. We must give all glory unto God, who made us willing and in spite of our stubborn and impotent nature drew us unto Christ.
"No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:44