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Now the Irresistible Grace Post

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.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in Calvinism

 

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The T in TULIP

So, as you probably know, I’m reading Grace Unknown by R.C. Sproul right now.  The first half of the book is about the basics of reformed theology and how it differs from the Catholic church views.  The second half of the book is devoted to the five points of Calvinism.  I just finished the chapter on total depravity.  Most people believe that man is essentially good, but the Bible tells us different.

Romans 3:9-18

What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one;

no one understands;

no one seeks for God.

All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;

no one does good,

not even one.”

“Their throat is an open grave;

they use their tongues to deceive.”

“The venom of asps is under their lips.”

“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”

“Their feet are swift to shed blood;

in their paths are ruin and misery,

and the way of peace they have not known.”

“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

 

How can you argue with that?  The book explained it very well and really in a way I hadn’t thought of before, particularly the section on free will.    From Sproul:

“We human beings do have the natural ability, however, to make choices. We have been given the necessary natural equipment. We have a mind that can process information and understand the obligations imposed by the law of God. We have a will that enables us to choose to do what we want to do. Prior to the fall we also had a good inclination, enabling us to choose the good. It is precisely this good inclination to the good that was lost in the fall. Original sin does not destroy our humanity or our ability to make choices. The natural ability or faculty remains intact. What was lost is the good inclination or righteous desire for obedience. The unregenerate person is not inclined to obey God. He has no love for God that stirs his will to choose God. He could choose the things of God if he wanted them, but he does not want them. Our wills are such that we cannot freely choose what we have no desire to choose. The fundamental loss of a desire for God is the heart of original sin.”

I’m glad God rescues us even though we have no desire for him!

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Calvinism

 

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