Effectual Grace

Jer. 31:18-19, “Turn thou me, and I shall be turned; Thou art the Lord my God. Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh”

“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you – Acts 7:51 …This passage, which is often used in an attempt to refute the biblical doctrine of irresistible grace, actually supports it. Notice the condition of the persons who are doing the resisting: their hearts and ears are uncircumcised, which is the Bible’s way of saying they are unregenerate. A person in this condition will always resist the outward call of the gospel. The Holy Spirit may convict them of sin and work to show them their need to Christ, but as long as they remain unregenerate, their hearts will remain closed to Christ. Only the Spirit can circumcise their heart that we might be willing to believe and obey: “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. (Deut 30:6) Irresistible grace does not mean that whenever the Spirit works He is irresistible. Rather, it means that while His promtings are always resisted by the dead in sin, He can make the gospel irresistible when He opens their spiritually blind eyes, when he opens their deaf ears and turns their heart of stone to a heart of flesh. (Monergism.com)

3 responses to “Effectual Grace

    • I have tried all sorts of ways to explain this to folks, but many are resistant. If it is God who begins the first work by the Holy Spirit to draw a man to Christ, it will happen. God’s word will not return void. God doesn’t draw a man half way, and man comes willingly! There’s no “IF” in the middle like a Wendy’s commercial.


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