It’s Irresistible!

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We’re back with irresistible grace, the “I” in TULIP. Irresistible grace is the idea that you start out with a person predestined by God to have faith, and thus God bestows on him grace. This grace will (not may, will) bring him to the Father. John 6:37 and 6:44, both words of Jesus, support this idea: “All the Father gives to Me, will come to Me”

Irresistible grace means that there is nothing a gal can do either way; she cannot “skip out” on becoming saved any more than she can save herself. The Spirit is doing all the work on her behalf, and she’s just along for the ride (remember, this is called monergism). Romans 9:16 and John 1:12-13 certainly suggest this; proponents of this belief will suggest that every indication we cannot be saved through works (Titus 3:5, etc) also imply this. They suggest that to submit to Christ’s authority is a work, and thus cannot be salvific.

Irresistible grace should not be confused with the doctrine of free grace, sometimes called eternal security. Free grace, which is more about sanctification than justification anyway, says that “once saved, always saved” — if you believe, you are now saved, end of story. You have been called to believe. The call to obey will come at a different time (if at all).

Behavior after salvation is immaterial. You were saved at that convention or revival or whatever it was, now you’re saved. Sounds kinda Calvinist, right? Not so fast — free grace believers think that if you’re not demonstrating fruit, that’s okay. You’re still saved. Calvinists believe that you were never saved in the first place.

Verses to read:

John 10:16 and I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.

Romans 8:29-30  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses,according to the riches of his grace,

Deuteronomy 30:6 And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

Ezekiel 36:26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

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