John 6:45 says, “It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.” Implies that we have a relationship with God first, then we come to Christ. We learn how to listen to God when we read the Bible. God will teach us through his word. We gain an understanding of scripture and how to apply it to our lives. In studying the word with the Father, we learn how to hear his voice and how he communicates with us in our day to day life.
If we learn from the Father, then we will accept Christ and follow him. It is easy to come to Christ after we have had a relationship with God. God teaches us in preparation to have a relationship with Christ. God draws us to Christ. John 6:44 says, – “No one cometh unto me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him.” It is easier for people to come to God than it is to come to Christ. Satan opposes God’s plan of salvation and keeps us from knowing Jesus. Everyone who comes to Christ must repent. Acts26:8 says, ….”to open their eyes to their true condition so that they may repent. And live in the light of God instead of Satan’s darkness.” Some do not want to repent and therefore, will not follow Jesus. They desire to continue walking in darkness. Revelations 6: says, ….”and cursed the God of heaven for their pains and sores, but they refused to repent of all their evil deeds.”
Everyone who is saved was drawn by the Father as he rescues us from the dominion of darkness. Colossians 1:13 says, “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us unto the kingdom of the Son he loves.” The Father has a plan which he wants to implement and he needs us to fulfill his plan. Jeremiah 29:11 says, ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord.” When God calls, he has a plan in mind. It is up to us to follow God to find out what he wants us to do for him. If we desire to know our plan, we must try to know Jesus. Jesus helps us to prepare our plan and implement it. We also have free will and if we are not ready to follow God, some of us may reject God. If we reject God, we reject Jesus. Jesus said in Luke 10:16, “And those who reject me are rejecting God who sent me.” If we reject Jesus, we also reject God because Jesus cannot do anything without God. Jesus is doing the will of the Father, so we do God’s will through Jesus. The closer we come to God, the better we can serve him.