“The drift of the Gospel is that man is dead in sin and that divine life is God’s gift. You must go contrary to the whole of that drift before you can suppose a man is brought to know and love Christ apart from the work of the Holy Spirit…
Scripture does not only tell us that man is dead in sin: it tells us something worse than this, namely, that he is utterly and entirely averse to everything that is good and right. ‘The carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be,’ (Rom. 8:7).
Turn you all Scripture through, and you find continually the will of man described as being contrary to the things of God…
What did Christ say to those who imagined that men would come without divine influence? He said, first, ‘No man can come to Me, except it were given unto him of My Father,’ (John 6:65). But He said something more strong, ‘And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life,’ (John 5:40).
The drift of the Gospel is that man is dead in sin and that divine life is God’s gift.
No man will come. Here lies the deadly mischief: not only that he is powerless to do good, but that he is powerful enough to do that which is wrong and that his will is desperately set against everything that is right.
…hence it is necessary that the Spirit of God should operate to change the will, to correct the bias of the heart, to set man in a right track, and then give him strength to run in it.”
(Charles H. Spurgeon, The Necessity of the Spirit’s Work, “And I will put My Spirit within you,” Ezekiel 36:27, delivered on Sabbath Morning, May 8, 1859, at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens)