His secret power and influence
(J. C. Philpot, "The
New Covenant & the Blood of Sprinkling")
"No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent
Me draws him." John 6:44
"I have loved you, My people, with an everlasting love.
With unfailing love I have drawn you to Myself."
None can really come to Jesus by faith, unless this
drawing power is put forth.
The Holy Spirit--that gracious and blessed Teacher, acts
upon the soul by His secret power and influence,
'cords of love' and 'bands of mercy' around the heart, and
by the attractive influence that He puts forth, draws the
soul to Jesus' feet; and in due time reveals Him as the
chief among ten thousand, and the altogether lovely one.
As the Spirit reveals and manifests these precious
things of Christ to the soul, He raises up a living faith
whereby Jesus is sought unto, looked unto, laid hold of,
and is brought into the heart with a divine power, there
to be enshrined in its warmest and tenderest affections.
All through its Christian pilgrimage, this blessed Spirit
goes on to deepen His work in the soul, and to discover
more and more of the suitability, beauty, and blessedness
of the Lord Jesus, as He draws the soul more and more
unto Him. There is no maintaining of the light, life, and
power of God in our souls, except as we are daily coming
unto Jesus as the living stone, and continually living
upon Him as the bread of life.