Originally Posted by Noeb
"This purpose I came to this hour (to live, be crucified, and be raised). Father, glorify Your name."
...a voice from Heaven said: "I have glorified it, and will glorify it again."
Jesus said, "This voice has not come for My sake, but for yours. Now judgment is upon the world; now the ruler of this world shall be cast out. And (referring again to the Crucifixion) if I be lifted up, I will draw all men to Myself."
...For a little while longer the light is among you. Walk while you have the light, that darkness may not overtake you... believe in the light, in order that you may become sons of light." John12:27-36.
This aligns with Mark1:15, "The time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the Gospel." "Judgment" is in terms of who believes and who does not ("he who does not believe has been judged already", Jn3:18). Jesus draws all to Himself, that they can choose Him (and escape judgment), or they can choose sin and come under judgment/condemnation.
His "being-lifted-up" is set in OPPOSITION to the judgment, that is all who SEE Jesus and believe are not judged.
Jesus may have been thinking of Numbers21:9.
Not drawn to salvation, but drawn forcefully to where they can choose. There is no evading Deuteronomy30:11-20, Rm10:6-10, and Acts17:26-31 --- the clear principle that the word-of-faith (the "message"!) is in everyone's heart and mouth, it's not too far, it's not difficult, one can confess with his mouth and believe in his heart and be saved, or he can turn away disobey and perish.
All are not drawn by force to salvation.
Yes, it does. That's what "the word of faith is not far nor difficult, it is in your heart and mouth that you may observe it", means.
The cross does not draw all men.
Romans5:17-19 says that justification came to everyone, the same as condemnation came to them. Matt22:2-14 says that "many are called", clearly indicating ALL. Everyone is invited/called/drawn.
So it cannot mean that and you can't excuse it by saying not all will come.
It says "to Himself" --- this is not a condemning hostile context, but a kind invitation.
How so? I said "He does drag all to his Judgment Seat" not some. Which is the context (judgment of world), and what other scripture means like, every knee will bow and every tongue confess, we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.