I’m finally done reading Grace Unknown! What an amazing book! It is the best and clearest book I have read on Reformed Theology. The chapter on election was especially helpful. I’ve been thinking a lot about grace lately and how undeserved it really is. Hence, I was very excited to read the chapter on irresistible grace. And I was not disappointed:
“To say that the grace of regeneration is irresistible is simply to say that this grace, which is so vital to our salvation, is sovereign. This grace is dispensed sovereignly and freely by God. It is truly grace, with no mixture of human merit of any kind. by this grace the captives are set free and the dead in sin are raised to a new life. This is the manifest work of the tender mercy of God, who stoops to rescue his children from sin and death and who, as he did in the initial work of creation, takes pieces of clay that are spiritually lifeless and breathes into them the breathe that quickens them.”
My favorite quote from the whole book is: “Grace that is owed is not grace.”
That really started me thinking. It’s makes sense. Grace is something that is undeserved but given anyway. It can’t be owed if it is undeserved. Grace cannot be owed. If it was owed, it would not be grace. Grace is something that God gives us willingly and freely. He certainly doesn’t have to, but he chooses to anyway. We do not deserve grace and we cannot earn it. We deserve hell, and that would be the just thing to give us.
Thankfully, God is full of grace.