And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me (John 12:32).
The truth of the supernatural and all-powerful drawing of God is one of the most neglected of all of the great truths of God’s Word, and yet it is one of the most important. The words translated “draw” and “drew” in the Greek New Testament are helkuō and helkō. Each of these words has the basic meaning of “compel,” “draw,” “pull” and “tug.” In most instances the force which does the drawing or compelling is sufficient to cause the object of the drawing to respond fully.
When the apostle James wishes to describe the manner in which rich men forcibly drag those who are indebted to them to prison, he uses the word helkō. In James 2:6 he writes, “Do not rich men oppress you and draw you before the judgment seats?”This “drawing,” of course, was not with wooing or pleading! It was an act of force that absolutely took no care of the willingness of the person drawn! The poor man might resist ever so much, and he might cry and plead, but he was drawn irresistibly to the place of judgment!
It is with precisely this kind of forceful drawing about which the Lord Jesus is talking when He says, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me!”
J. Preston Eby
Taken from the Bible Student’s Notebook
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