YOU CAN PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE LOST, BUT YOU CAN’T MAKE THEM BELIEVE!
You can bring a horse to the water, but you can’t make him drink! If you want him to drink, you must have the power to PUT SOME THIRST IN HIM!
And THIS is what God does with His sheep, in the day of His power! He puts a thirst in them for the Living Water . . . . .so they come and drink to thirst no more!
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink”! [John 7:37]
But NO MAN will thirst for Christ unless he is one of God’s sheep! Jesus said unto the unbelieving Jews – “Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life”. And He tells them why – “But ye believe not, BECAUSE YE ARE NOT OF MY SHEEP”! [John 5:40 & 10:26]
“The Lord did not say “Ye are not of my sheep BECAUSE ye believe not,” but, “Ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep.” Man always turns the things of God upside down. When he comes to something in the Word which is peculiarly distasteful, instead of meekly submitting to it and receiving it in simple faith because God says it, he resorts to every imaginable device to make it mean something else.
Here Christ is not only charging these Jews with unbelief, but He also explains WHY faith had not been granted to them — they were not “of his sheep”: they were not among the favored number of God’s elect. If further proof be required for the correctness of this interpretation, it is furnished below.
A man does not have to believe to become one of Christ’s “sheep”: he “believes” BECAUSE HE IS one of His sheep”.