John 14:6

John 14:6 (see also Ephesians 1:4; 1st John 2:24)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Neil Anderson comments: “Jesus is the door; He is the access through whom we have the right to come to the throne of grace. Our only right to be there is because of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and His grace.” (Who I am in Christ, p.82, emphasis mine)

This is the #1 verse that single-handedly wipes out Calvinism, more so than John 3:16, 1st Timothy 2:4, 2nd Peter 3:9 or Matthew 23:37. This verse, John 14:6, is the Category 5 Hurricane that obliterates Calvinism. Compare with Ephesians 2:13 which states: But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:18 states: For through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.

Calvin writes: “Christ says that the elect always belonged to God. God therefore distinguishes them from the reprobate, not by faith, nor by any merit, but by pure grace; for while they are far away from him, he regards them in secret as his own.” (John: Calvin, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, p.393, emphasis mine)

In secret as his own” seems to contradict John 14:6. For if we were Gods eternal secret possession, as per Calvinism, in an alleged, eternal flock of the Father, then John 14:6 loses its meaning. Calvinists are free to disagree, but the point that Jesus is making is that you cannot come into a relationship with the Father, that is, in the Father (1st John 2:24), apart from first abiding in His Son. The way to the Father is through His Son, and yet Calvinistic Election seems to have found another way to the Father, namely, through eternal secret Election.

John Calvin comments: “So all theology, when separated from Christ, is not only empty and confused but also mad, deceitful, and spurious; for although philosophers sometimes come up with excellent sayings, they contain nothing but what is ephemeral, and mixed up with perverse errors.”  (John: Calvin, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, p.339, emphasis added)

And that’s not Calvinistic Election? Calvinism teaches that the only way for a person to ever be able to believe in Christ is by first being eternally in the Father. In other words, Calvinism teaches that in order to ever become one of the Son’s sheep, youll need to have eternally been one the Fathers sheep:

Calvin writes:God has chosen His own to be holy and without blame (Eph 1:4).” (Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God, p.134, emphasis mine)

Calvin adds: “As if God were not said to have purposed His good pleasure in Himself alone, because finding no cause in us He made Himself the cause of our being saved! As if it was in vain that Paul repeats five times that our salvation is wholly the effect of that decree and purpose and good pleasure! As if he declared without any purpose that we were blessed in Christ because we were elect!”  (Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God, p.140, emphasis mine)

Calvin writes: “For God looks at nothing outside Himself by which He is moved to elect us, for the counsel of His own will is the only and proper and (as they say) intrinsic cause of election.” (Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians, p.130, emphasis mine)

Calvin writes: “Paul further confirms this, declaring that God was moved by no external cause; He Himself and in Himself was author and cause of our being elected while yet we were not created, and of His afterwards conferring faith upon us.” (Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God, p.69, emphasis mine)

Calvin writes: “Then, when Paul lays down as the unique cause of election the good pleasure of God which He has in Himself, he excludes all other causes.” (Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God, p.69, emphasis mine)

Calvin writes:Christ therefore is for us the bright mirror of the eternal and hidden election of God, and also the earnest and pledge. ... We see here that God begins with Himself when He sees fit to elect us....” (Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God, p.127, emphasis mine)

Calvin writes: “The calling is therefore a certain and specific calling, which seals and ratifies the eternal election of God so as to make manifest what was before hidden in God.” (Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God, p.70, emphasis mine)

Calvin writes: “Christ certainly counts none among His own, unless he be given by the Father; and He declares those to be given who before were the Father’s (ibid. 17:6).” (Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God, p.147, emphasis mine)

Calvin writes: “This way of speaking, however, may seem to be different from many passages of Scripture which attribute to Christ the first foundation of God’s love for us and show that outside Christ we are detested by God. But we ought to remember, as I have already said, that the Heavenly Father’s secret love which embraced us is the first love given to us.” (John: Calvin, The Crossway Classic Commentaries, pp.76, emphasis mine)

Calvin writes: “I answer briefly that Christ was so ordained for the salvation of the whole world that He might save those who are given to Him by the Father, that He might be their life whose Head He is, and that He might receive those into participation of His benefits whom God by His gratuitous good pleasure adopted as heirs for Himself.” (Concerning the Eternal Predestination of God, pp.102-103, emphasis mine)

Calvinist, William MacDonald, writes:Election refers to His sovereign, eternal choice of individuals to belong to Himself.” (Believer’s Bible Commentary, pp.2290-2291, emphasis mine)

These quotes all show that in order to become Christians, you must first have been the eternal, secret possession of God the Father, hidden in Him, such that before the foundation of the world, God the Father chose you in Himself, that you may then be chosen by Him to become in Christ. This is clearly what Calvinism teaches, and yet stands opposed to John 14:6.

Here is a link to a Blog discussion on this verse.

Question: What is the point of Jesus, if some were already, eternally reconciled to the Father, in an alleged, “eternally elect flock of the Father”?

Answer:  The whole point of the Messiah is to reconcile and mediate us to the Father, and yet Calvinism would boast that reconciliation to the Father has already been accomplished through Election. Calvinists do not see it this way, but its a much bigger theological problem than they will let on. This is precisely why Arminians have historically made such a big deal about Ephesians 1:4 founding Election in Christ.