Daily Archives: September 17, 2009
Nothing like putting something up two years after the fact:
I only put it up because I’m tired of seeing it as draft status, and as it exceeds 4000 words, I was very reluctant to delete it. I worked very hard on it, though I never actually finished it.
For blog superfans, this is my 500th post. I’m very proud that I’ve lasted this long in the difficult ministry of apologetics. But I first give the glory to God for blessing this ministry with a loyal readership and for giving me the gift to write clear and concise prose. I pray he uses this blog to continue to draw his elect to himself. Thanks for those of you that have stayed with me. I hope to do 500 more posts even better than the first 500! By the grace of God, I know it’s possible!
Read the entire article here.
Many moons ago, I promised to look at Scriptural evidence for irresistible grace. Well, obviously, I’ve been busy since then and haven’t had the time to get around to it. But now I’ve had a few free moments, so I thought I’d post on that very topic.
It may be helpful to review my definition of irresistible grace here.
The Golden Chain of Redemption makes an impressive case for irresistible grace by itself. The same people predestined are also called, justified, and glorified. But the writings of John are where one can find the strongest case for irresistible grace.
Consider Jesus’ words in John 6:36: “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.” Jesus is saying that everyone given to him by the Father comes to him. It is helpful to remember that Jesus later declares “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him . . .” (6:44) and “. . . no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father” (6:65).
We know that it is the elect that God gives to Jesus, and Jesus says that “Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me . . .” (John 6:45; see also 6:36). Combined with the Golden Chain of Redemption, the case for irresistible grace is very good.