Jesus said in his word that no one can come to him unless the Father draw him. To draw in this verse from John 6: 44 is the word helkuo which means to drag or haul to lead or compel.
The Holy Spirit must draw or compel a person to Jesus the Savior through convincing. He convinces them of their sin, their need for salvation and the judgement of sin on them in their fallen state. (John 16:8)
When this convincing by Grace or God’s mercy becomes compelling then faith must be obtained according to scriptures.
“SIMON PETER, A SERVANT AND AN APOSTLE OF JESUS CHRIST, TO THEM THAT HAVE OBTAINED LIKE PRECIOUS FAITH WITH US THROUGH THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD AND OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.” 2 PETER 1:1
To obtain something is to get, acquire, or secure something.
The Greek word in this scripture is lagchanō which means to receive by divine allotment.
Faith is not earned by good deeds, intellectual prowess, or human ability. Faith is a divine attribute. Faith must be obtained or received.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” Eph 2:8
Scriptures tell us that Jesus obtained salvation for us.
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Hebrews 9:12
Obtain in this verse is the Greek word heurisko which means acquired, find, to get,
To obtain is to get or acquire something.
How is faith obtained?
Faith is obtained by divine providence.
By Grace or God’s divine mercy which draws by the Holy Spirit to Jesus Christ for salvation or whatever the need is, faith comes or is brough forth.
Faith comes. Faith is brought forth.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10: 17
Faith is not a human attribute. It is divine or comes from God by hearing.
Faith is obtained by hearing. Akoe To hear or incline the ear.
The word (gospel message) being preached. (proclaimed)
It is through preaching the word is heard.
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 1 Corinthians 1:21
Faith is obtained by hearing God’s word preached. (proclaimed)
Let me simplify this spiritual principle.
The Father has sent the Holy Spirit to draw or compel by convincing of a need. (Whether salvation or deliverance or whatever)
Then when convinced of the need faith is obtained or acquired by grace or God’s mercy.
God’s mercy has inclined the ear to hear.
Faith is obtained or acquired in order to receive by hearing. (Having a hearing ear by the Holy Spirit’s work) through the preaching or proclaiming of God’s word. (Rhema living word of Christ)
Dear Father draw us by your Holy Spirit to recognize our need. Give us ears to hear your word being spoken to us by your Holy Spirit. Grant unto us by your grace the ability to receive what you are telling us and help us to apply it to our lives. In Jesus name. Amen.
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