The comparison between man’s physical and spiritual parts creates a profound word picture. A dead body is unable to move or do anything. So it is with our spiritual lives. We are naturally incapable of doing anything to save ourselves. In fact, the natural man doesn’t even know that he is lost and on his way to hell. God must cause a man to see. It is not by our ability or our wills, but God’s sovereign will that anyone can see the truth of life in Jesus Christ.
Jesus said that unless the Father draws a man or woman, he or she cannot come to Him. The word that is translated draw also means drag. The idea expressed in John 6:44 is that God must cause an individual to believe in Jesus.
The first part of the statement concerning man’s hunger is accurate. People are hungry for a god to fix their lives. A famous speaker claims that God wants to make you a better you. Some evangelists minister under the assumption that the eloquence of their preaching will convince people of the truth.
The true God doesn’t want to make you a better you. The Apostle Paul said that any who are in Christ are new creations. Paul also said that faith comes from hearing through the word of Christ. Likewise it is not the eloquence of the preacher that brings life. But the spirit of God, in concert with the word of God, is He means to raise the dead.
The truth of man’s condition and his absence of hunger for God can be paraphrased. Men are not hungry for salvation because they don’t think that they’re lost. Only God causes a man or woman to see how desperate and hopeless he or she is. Only God draws a man or woman to Himself. Only God raises the dead to be able to see His Kingdom.