Draw, in the figurative sense, is God's action of attracting human beings through His love
demonstrated by Jesus' crucifixion and atonement (John 12:32).
To esteem such love for an insignificant being as man, God sought to elicit from human beings an introspection
of moral values that would lead to repentance (Rom 2:4).
Just as God sought to draw the nation of Israel with His loyal love (covenant loyalty) through world events like
the Exodus, He seeks to draw the world through the provision of His Son for the sin offering of the world
(John 3:16; Gen 12:3;
The relationship between drawing and faith can be seen in Old Testament Believers. Those who
were drawn to God's covenant loyalty (lovingkindness) came to faith and became His people. As God's possession,
they were given over to His Son Jesus Christ. And only those Old Testament Believers who had a genuine faith in
God knew and recognized that Jesus was the Messiah (John 6:37-47).
The relationship between drawing and faith can be seen in New Testament Believers. Demonstrating
His love for His Father and mankind, Jesus Christ's ultimate sacrifice of atonement and resurrection as God's only
Son draws people to faith (John 12:33). After the crucifixion,
Christians are more explicitly identified as "belonging to Christ."
Consistently throughout the Bible, it is agape love that draws:
For God so loved (agapaō) the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the
world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe
has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you,
that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one
another." (John 13::34-35)
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