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Irresistible Grace

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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In 1618 the Canons of Dort met for one year, and state in Chapters III-IV, Article 11, “But when God accomplishes His good pleasure in the elect, or works in them true conversion, He not only causes the gospel to be externally preached to them, and powerfully illuminates their minds by His Holy Spirit, that they may rightly understand and discern the things of the Spirit of God; but by the efficacy of the same regenerating Spirit He pervades the inmost recesses of the man; He opens the closed and softens the hardened heart, and circumcises that which was uncircumcised: infuses new qualities into the will, which, though heretofore dead, He quickens; from being evil, disobedient, and refractory, He renders it good, obedient, and pliable; actuates and strengthens it, that like a good tree, it may bring forth the fruits of good actions”.

 

Today we will start by looking at the word Irresistible, which I am sure we all know means – that something is impossible to successfully resist.

 

Grace is a free gift from God though we don’t deserve it. It means unmerited favor which is given to God’s elect who are completely undeserving of it.

 

Taken from Merriam Webster’s Dictionary:

1 : unmerited help given to people by God (as in overcoming temptation)

2 : freedom from sin through divine grace

3 : a virtue coming from God

 

It is said that grace means = (G-R-A-C-E) God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. It is said God has given everything – that He did all the work for our salvation, while we contributed absolutely nothing to our salvation.

 

Grace is given as a free gift from God to His children though they didn’t and don’t deserve it. Our faith is a gift of God’s grace toward us.

 

I have heard it said that Christ accomplished everything for our salvation – while we only accumulated sin upon sin and more guilt and debt on a daily basis before a Holy God.

 

If God’s grace was irresistible no one would ever be saved because we were all dead in trespasses and sins, it is called “Total Depravity” and we would refuse Him at every turn. But by the grace of God He has made His grace irresistible for His Dear Children. Not one child, women or man would or could ever be saved a part form God’s irresistible grace.

 

Remember Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they hid from the presence of God – our hearts (old nature) are that way. This is why it took God to intervene on our behalf. (Jeremiah 24:7 Ezekiel 36:24-27) God had to quicken our souls and He had to make our hearts desire Him and turn to seek Him. Which is the cause of us believing in Him.

 

So Irresistible Grace is God’s grace to the elect which they cannot resist. In other words we would all be condemned if it was not for the irresistible grace of a Sovereign God.

 

Ephesians 1:3-8 — Ephesians 2:1-9 – Romans 3:20-24, 5:12-21, 11:1-6, John 1:16-17, Acts 18:27-27. What is a human’s natural condition? What does God’s wrath mean to you? Is there any place in these Scriptures where it says we deserve salvation on our merits? Can we boast that we helped, or it was our decision that we are saved? Who should get all the glory in this world and in the world to come for the elects salvation, man or God? Who would get the glory if we had any part in our salvation? Who is the recipient of salvation? Who is the primary person in accomplishing our salvation? Is there anything in these passages which indicates we are capable of helping God with our salvation? Is it at all possible to be right before God without perfectly keeping and fulfilling the law? By what means are the saved justified?

 

I think most people believe they good enough – maybe just by the hair on their chinnie chin – chin to be saved. That on Judgment day they will have their deeds weighted and just by a hair will be granted Heaven. What does that say about the work of Jesus Christ when on the cross He said to the Father “It is finished”? We know that without the work of Christ no man will be saved.

 

It is only by God’s irresistible Grace are any of us saved, as He has turned our wicked hearts from continuous sin, quickening our minds causing us to seek Him and to repent. He is the one who turns us to saving faith.

 

In 1646 the Westminster Confession of Faith pg 53 wrote: “All those whom God hath predestinated unto life, and those only, He is pleased in His appointed and accepted time effectually to call, by His Word and Spirit, out of the state of sin and death, in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand that  things, of God; taking away their heart of stone, and giving unto them a heart of flesh; renewing their wills, and by His almighty power determining them to that which is good, and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ: yet so, as they come most freely, being made willing by His grace.

 

This effectual call is God’s free and special grace alone, not from anything at all foreseen in man, who is altogether passive therein, until being quickened and renewed by the Holy Spirit, he is thereby enabled to answer this call, and to embrace the grace offered and conveyed in it.

 

Elect infants, dying in infancy, are regenerated, and saved by Christ through the Spirit, who worketh when, and where, and how He pleaseth: so also. Are all other elect persons who are uncapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the Word.”

 

Questions:

Why do so many churches now a day’s preach contraire to what was preached for almost 2,000 years ago?

 

Can’t we see what is and has been going on for years now?

 

Is there a dumbing down of American’s in more ways that one, and are they being given a delusion to believe a lie?

 

To believe what is not the true Words of God by taking it, changing it, and making it say things which it was never intended to say. — I ask this one question?

 

Who will stand guilty before God – for not believing the Holy Word of God which was given to His dear children?

 

Seeking Truth, Think and Ponder

 

If this was not a serious matter I would not pursue it. To God be all the glory!

Lynn