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  Irresistible Grace by John Murray
Hence unbelief is resistance of grace at the zenith of its disclosure and overture.
When we speak of irresistible grace, therefore, it is not to assert that all grace is irresistible, nor is it to deny the numberless respects in which grace is resisted and resisted to the culmination of resistance in everlasting doom.
The constraints of the Father’s grace in the hearts of men are concomitant with or, perhaps, may be construed as donation on the part of the Father to the Son.
www.the-highway.com /Irresistible_Murray.html   (2904 words)

  
  Irresistible grace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
That is, men yield to grace, not finally because their consciences were more tender or their faith more tenacious than that of other men.
In this view, (1) after God's universal dispensation of grace to mankind, the will of man, which was formerly adverse to God and unable to obey, can now choose to obey; and (2) although God's grace is a powerful initial move to effect salvation, it can ultimately be resisted and rejected.
Both sides agree that the resistibility of grace is inexorably bound up with the theological system's view of humanity's inability to respond to God and of the extent of God's grace.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Irresistible_grace   (877 words)

  
 Common grace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Common Grace is a theological concept in Protestant Christianity, primarily in Reformed and Calvinistic circles, referring to the grace of God that is common to all humankind.
In summary, common grace is seen in God's continuing care for his creation, his restraining human society from becoming altogether intolerable and ungovernable, his making it possible for mankind to live together in a generally orderly and cooperative manner, and maintaining man's conscious sense of basic right and wrong behavior.
However, the Arminian sees this common grace including what has been termed "common sufficient grace" or the Wesleyan "prevenient grace" whereby the effects of the fall are offset such that all persons now have free will and the moral ability to understand spiritual things and turn to God in Christ for salvation.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Common_grace   (832 words)

  
 Sound of Grace - July/Aug 1998   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Grace then becomes the true source of humility, and we must be cautious not to present the doctrine of irresistible grace as an unpalatable doctrine.
Grace is irresistible because it is liberation for the bondman.
Just as critical as irresistible grace is to silence the Arminian, who diminishes and destroys the sufficiency of salvation by grace alone, so irresistible grace is necessary to silence those who champion the law as the rule of life for the believer in Christ.
www.soundofgrace.com /aug98/bfgrace.htm   (3509 words)

  
 Dispensational Soteriological Innovations by John Hendryx
It can be forcefully argued from the Bible and plain reason that the near-universal belief among dispensationalists in irresistible grace and their rejection of limited atonement gives rise to a fatally inconsistent view of the Scriptures and bifurcates the redemptive blessing of irresistible grace from the work of Christ.
Dispensationalists agree that the elect are given efficacious grace and the non-elect are not.
Therefore, to embrace efficacious grace and, at the same time, teach a universal atonement is to contradict the plain unity and logic of Scripture.
www.monergism.com /thethreshold/articles/onsite/innovations.html   (1526 words)

  
 Irresistible Grace - is it Biblical?
The doctrine of irresistible grace recognizes that the Bible describes natural man as “dead in his trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1; Ephesians 2:5; Colossians 2:13) and because man is spiritually dead he must first be made alive or regenerated in order to understand and respond to the Gospel message.
To understand the doctrine of “Irresistible grace,” it is important to recognize that this is a special grace given only to those God has chosen for salvation (His elect) and is different from what is known as “common grace” which God bestows on both believer and the unbeliever.
While there are many aspects of common grace, including life and all that is necessary to sustain it, irresistible grace is what is often referred to as the “outward call of God.” This is God’s revelation of Himself given to all men through the light of creation and their consciences.
www.gotquestions.org /irresistible-grace.html   (1587 words)

  
 The Five Points of Calvinism: Irresistible Grace
By grace, and by grace alone, we are preserved daily until finally we are brought to eternal glory.
That God's grace is irresistible emphasizes the idea that not only does grace bring His people to glory, but it prepares them for this glory and works within them the desire to enter into glory.
Grace is irresistible in the sense that by it the knee is bent which otherwise would not bend; the heart is softened that otherwise is hard as stone.
www.prca.org /fivepoints/chapter4.html   (4240 words)

  
 Irresistible Grace: a social and contextual study
The word grace was used "to refer to the willingness of a patron to grant some benefit to another person or group." Aristotle defined grace as "helpfulness toward someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped." So far, nothing unusual.
Calvinists conclude that "that" refers to both items, grace and faith, and there is nothing wrong with that grammatically (it is one option, not the only one), but in terms of the client-patron relationship, it simply doesn't wash. A patron gave a client grace; the patron did not give the client faith.
By design, grace in a client-patron relationship would never be subject to "pass or fail" because the success was in the very act of grace itself, regardless of who accepted or rejected it.
www.tektonics.org /tulip/ip.html   (1329 words)

  
 Sound of Grace - OCT1998
The doctrine of irresistible (or efficacious) grace is concerned with this facet of salvation, that is, the application of grace by the Holy Spirit.
The doctrine of irresistible grace or effectual calling may be defined as the most gracious work of God by which he, according to his eternal purpose and electing grace, does sovereignly and powerfully conquer the sinner’s rebellion thereby enabling him to turn to Christ in genuine repentance and saving faith.
Apart from an effectual work of grace it is entirely contrary to the unregenerate sinner’s will, desire, and nature to acknowledge that Christ is the sovereign Lord of the universe and trust him and him alone for salvation.
www.soundofgrace.com /oct98/oct98p5.htm   (2565 words)

  
 Fred's Bible Talk - Irresistible Grace
Irresistible grace means that the Holy Spirit will certainly cause everyone whom God has chosen from eternity and for whom Christ died to believe on Jesus.
Irresistible is misleading because it has the notion of a person being forced to perform some duty that he cannot freely refuse.
The inward call is a work of God’s divine grace, in which His Holy Spirit opens the heart of the sinner to understand the truths of the gospel as presented with the general call, and believe upon them in faith.
www.fredsbibletalk.com /fb016.html   (1915 words)

  
 GRACE
In a nutshell, the doctrine of grace is achieved and made available to us by the fact that Jesus Christ went to the cross to pay for our sins in order that we may inherit eternal life as sons and daughters of God.
Grace, therefore, as a biblical teaching, refers to God's extending of His abundant forgiveness and unmerited and unearned free pardon to true believers.
Grace is not dependent upon good human behaviour, even though one should normally expect decent behaviour from such people under all normal circumstances.
www.ukapologetics.net /07/GRACE.htm   (2394 words)

  
 Irresistible Grace | Calvinism | Efficacious or Invincible Grace
Irresistible Grace is the idea that the elect, those who Calvinists believe have been unconditionally elected to eternal life, cannot resist the grace of God and heaven's determination to save them.
It is for this reason that Calvinists speak of the Spirit's call and of God's grace in saving sinners as being 'efficacious,' 'invincible,' or 'irresistible.' For the grace which the Holy Spirit extends to the elect cannot be thwarted or refused, it never fails to bring them to true faith in Christ!" (pp.
Irresistible Grace has an erroneous view as to when one is made alive spiritually.
www.padfield.com /2005/irresistible-grace.html   (1462 words)

  
 "Irresistible Grace" - Rev. Gordon Girod
The grace of God is irresistible, not only in the sense that man cannot refuse it; it is irresistible in the sense that Satan cannot defeat it.
I thank God that His sovereign, irresistible grace cannot be defeated by the king of the underworld, for it is not against flesh and blood that we must fight but against the principalities and powers of darkness.
If there are those who use the doctrine of election and its derivative, the doctrine of irresistible grace, as an excuse for an unholy life, the fault must be found, not in these divine truths but in the perverseness of their own natures.
www.the-highway.com /irresistible-grace_Girod.html   (3126 words)

  
 His By Grace--What are the "Doctrines of Grace"?
According to the Pelagian, it is only by the grace of God that he was created as a man, a noble creature with the moral ability to earn heaven, and not as a frog or a rock.
When the Pelagian speaks of the grace associated with salvation, he is referring to the grace of creation which is common to all men.
The doctrines of grace teach that salvation is all of God's grace, and the doctrine of total depravity relates to this by demonstrating that natural man is unable to do anything to earn or merit his own salvation.
www.gracesermons.com /hisbygrace/Page8.html   (8991 words)

  
 What Do You Mean by "Cheap Grace?"   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Pervert the presentation of God's grace and you are left with a distorted, unscriptural view of salvation.
By cheap grace, we are referring the presentation of God's grace absent of any acknowledgement of holiness and a turning away from sin.
In His divine wisdom, God knew that the grace of God would be cheapened by men in an attempt to accommodate their own sinful natures.
www.omegaministry.org /grace.html   (1481 words)

  
 Bible Life Ministries - Calvinism - Irresistible Grace
Paul was the Apostle to the Gentiles, and the word "grace" is directly connected to Christ's revelation to Paul of the gospel of grace for the Gentiles.
Paul did not mean that the "dispensation of grace" was a "dispensation of unmerited favor." God did not usher in a new dispensation of unmerited favor that did not exist previously.
The word "grace" was used primarily by the Apostle Paul in describing the gospel as man's justification by faith apart from the law (Ten Commandments) and circumcision.
www.biblelife.org /calvinism_grace.htm   (2448 words)

  
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The Doctrine of Irresistible Grace is perhaps the most overlooked article of the five points of Calvinism.
But Irresistible Grace is infinitely important because it deals with the application of Christ’s completed work to our actual experience.
Well, we’ve seen that God’s irresistible grace impacts the entire circle of the elect, particularly and especially the ethnic Israelite portion of the elect.
home.earthlink.net /~delou/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/IrresistibleGrace.doc   (1740 words)

  
 Irresistible Grace
Therefore, election is implied by irresistible grace inasmuch as some are chosen for such grace while it is obvious that others are not.
We may also infer the doctrine of irresistible grace from scriptures teaching the spiritual incapacity of natural man. For example, I Corinthians 2:14 reads, But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
It is important to understand that the doctrine of irresistible grace refers to the work of the Spirit in the new birth only.
www.pb.org /pbdocs/irrgrace.html   (1633 words)

  
 PFRS Calvinism - Irresistible Grace
Calvinists believe God not only offers His grace to the elect, but overpowers and manipulates their will, making His grace "irresistible." He also withholds saving grace from the non-elect.
Scripture indicates that the grace leading to salvation is "resistible." It also plainly states that it is shown to everyone.
While Calvinists believe that "irresistible grace" not only brings a person to believe the Gospel, but also continues to guarantee their final perseverance throughout their Christian walk.
www.pfrs.org /calvinism/calvin04.html   (2015 words)

  
 Common grace - Theopedia
In summary, common grace is seen in God's continuing care for his creation, his restraining human society from becoming altogether intolerable and ungovernable, his making it possible for mankind to live together in a generally orderly and cooperative manner, and maintaining man's conscious sense of basic right and wrong behavior.
This special grace is often linked with the five points of Calvinism as irresistible grace or efficacious grace.
However, the Arminian sees this common grace including what has been termed "common sufficient grace" or the Wesleyan "universal prevenient grace" whereby the effects of the fall are offset such that all persons now have free will and the moral ability to understand spiritual things and turn to God in Christ for salvation.
www.theopedia.com /Common_grace   (1060 words)

  
 Irresistible Grace by Brian Schwertly
Efficacious grace is one of the pillars of biblical Christianity, for the only theological alternatives to it involve some type of human merit in salvation.
The reason that God’s grace is effectual or irresistible is that the Holy Spirit imparts an inclination to holiness in the human heart.
It is in that sense that we speak of God’s grace as being irresistible.
www.monergism.com /thethreshold/articles/onsite/irresistible.html   (6718 words)

  
 Irresistible grace - Theopedia
That is, men yield to grace, not finally because their consciences were more tender or their faith more tenacious than that of other men.
The doctrine is most often discussed in comparisons with other salvific schemes and their respective doctrines about the grace of God and the state of mankind after the Fall.
Instead, they believe that God's Universal prevenient grace is equally provided to all human beings alike, overcoming the effects of the fall, thus leaving each individual at liberty to choose to follow God's call or not.
www.theopedia.com /Irresistible_grace   (638 words)

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