In John 6:65 we find a little word “it.” The question is whether “it” is referring to the the people, “some of you” in verse 64? Is it tied to “Jesus” in verse 64? Or, does it mean the faith scripture records is absent from them. If “it” refers to “some of you” in verse 64, the term is ill chosen to represent a plural. Further, “it were” would more naturally be tied to the immediately preceding sentence, the second sentence in verse 64 which reads,
For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
This certainly eliminates the “some of you” as a suspect antecedent. Therefore, taking verse 65 and replacing “it” with the suspected antecedent we can have a better picture of what “it” should be. I believe you will find comfort in this.
And he said, therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except Jesus were given to him by the Father.
And he said, therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except faith were given to him by the Father.
To further evaluate this we also have to consider how to read this sentence. Normally, the subject of the sentence is the nominative case word. Is the “him by the Father,” referring to “man” earlier in the sentence or “I” meaning Jesus? “I” is derived from the verb “said,” the nominative is “man.” Therefore, the most natural reading is that something is given to man by the Father.
In this sentence in verse 64 there are two nominative case words, Jesus and believed. We normally look at the phrases, at the verbs and ascribe action to each one. We also ask questions such as would Jesus say about himself, except “it” were given to him (man) by the father? That sounds a little strange. They are both complete phrases. We can consider each when we look at these passages. We find the most natural reading ascribes “it” in verse 65 to “believed” in verse 64. No one can come to the Father unless He calls them and gives them faith.
We witness to many, but we wonder why they won’t listen, why they do not seek to change their life, why they cannot see eternal life, how they can be so deceived, what are we doing that is wrong, how have we failed Jesus? No man can come unto Jesus except faith were given to him by the Father. A troubling truth, but a truth just the same. Take heart Christian, be faithful but rest in John 6:65. We do the sewing and cultivating but God the Father gives the increase. (1 Cor 3:7).