Scriptural Evidence for Irresistable Grace

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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.

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Posted on September 17, 2009, in Theology and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. If grace is irresistible then grace is only given to certain men, but Paul says “the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” — Not only has it been manifested to all men, meaning it must be resistible, but it teaches (a thing which must be resistable) that we should live right (a thing which you surely do resist and all the Calvinist ilk along with you!!!)!!!! When, btw, can I expect your exegesis of Isaiah chapters 7 and 8?

    • You can expect the exegesis of Isaiah 7 and 8 around the same time you answer my question: How do you differentiate the wheat in Scripture from the tares? I’ve asked you that at least three times and you have successfully ignored me each and every time.

    • Do you ever check Reformed commentaries or other sources before you comment? Here’s Titus 2:11-14 as the ESV has it translated:

      For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

      Look carefully. “All people” is the same as the “us” references in the remainder of the text. “All people” therefore refers to the elect, unless you’re going to seriously argue that all the people in the entire world are a people for Jesus’ “own possession who are zealous for good works.” Because that doesn’t fit with the world I observe.

      This passage actually speaks pretty well to the Limited Atonement as well. I think you shot yourself in the foot here, but since you are incapable of admitting error, I can hardly wait for your response.

      Incidentally, it’s interesting that you would use Paul to refute me since you reject most of Paul’s writings. I await your epistemology for identifying the wheat from the tares in Scripture most anxiously!

  2. Titus 2:12 is the reference, btw.

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