Tonight will be my first trip outside of the home since I fell. I have to go to the WCF class and teach for two hours. It will be interesting to see just how well I can do with this walker-and-car combination, especially since I won’t be able to get a shoe/sandal on the right foot. Oh well, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
It’s time to talk about the fourth point in the new spiritual gourmet Tulipburger—“irresistible grace” (see previous posting). Not a good caption for the doctrine, but it fits the TULIP mnemonic device. It seems to say that people who are converted are dragged kicking and screaming into the fold.
Actually, they are gently “drawn” by the Lord Jesus, Who said, “When I am lifted up, I will draw all sorts of people to Myself.” The person who is drawn to Christ is raised from spiritual death. He is quickened” (Ephesians 2) or, as that word means, “given life, made alive.” Prior to the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit, it is impossible for him to believe in Jesus. Paul makes it clear that the unconverted have neither the spiritual eyes to see nor ears to hear (I Corinthians 2). The truth is foolishness to them, and they won’t welcome it.
Afterwards, they come quite willingly to Him. Believers in Christ are people who have been radically changed. They have repented (changed their outlook on their sinful lives, and the One Who saves, leading to a change in their lives).This repentance means that they now willingly come to the Savior. The grace (enablement) given is irresistible because there is no longer any resistance.