“But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.” (John 6:64-65)
Jesus often used repetition in order to emphasize a particular point. Within this discourse alone, He has used statement “Truly, truly, I say to you” four times (6:26, 32, 47, 53). Jesus not only wanted the people to pay attention to what He was saying, but also that He possessed the authority to say what He was saying.
When He announces to the crowd that some of them do not believe, it is not just because Jesus is a good observer, but rather because He omnisciently knows not only who has rejected Him but also who would betray Him. His omniscience is applied to the present and the future.
It is on this basis that Jesus repeats what He said earlier in 6:44. “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father. We witness a cause and effect statement in vs. 65. The causal statement is “no one can come to me.” The effect portion, or the necessary condition, is “unless it is granted him by the Father.”
The word “unless” introduces an exception clause to the preceding statement that “no one can come to Me.” If a necessary condition can be met, than an exception can be made. The only exception to man’s spiritual plight is the Father’s gracious granting. The word “grant” (δίδωμι; didomi) means to give and to allow. It also means to pay. It is an action by the Father upon the passive recipient who is the sinner.
Dr. John MacArthur states, “Although men and women are commanded to believe and will be held accountable for unbelief, genuine faith is never exclusively a matter of human decision. Once again, in the face of unbelief, Jesus reiterated God’s sovereignty involved in selection for salvation.”
Ultimately, our eternal destiny is not up to us, but rather up to God. It is He who makes the final decision as to whom He will give as a gift to the Son (John 6:35).
This is the reason why God and God alone receives the glory for our salvation. Romans 11:36 says, “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Soli deo Gloria!