031: Irresistible Grace (TULIP)
We’re now over the halfway mark of our TULIP series, which means we’ve covered Total Depravity, Unconditional Grace and Limited Atonement.
Today, we tackle Irresistible Grace!
The main takeaway of this doctrine is that God does not fail when he draws someone to himself.
So does that mean that God forces people into salvation against their will? Although that is a common question and objection to this doctrine, let’s first establish what Scripture establishes. Namely, that we are spiritually dead—not injured, but dead—in sin (Ephesians 2), rendering us incapable of choosing spiritual life (faith). Also, we know that “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6), and that “everything that is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).
Therefore, left to our own will, we always choose sin. However, because of his great mercy, God chooses to gift faith to some (Ephesians 2:8). When God gives this faith to individuals they are changed, and with that change new desires and new affections are birthed. To illustrate how dramatic this transformation is, Scripture actually says this person has become new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)!
So when this transformation takes place, the person begins to love God, desire God and have affections for God. They still wrestle with sin, but instead of loving their sin they now strive against it. Their will is changed so that where they once opposed God they now choose him.
God doesn’t drag anyone against their will into salvation. Rather, he changes their will by giving them new life, and upon breathing in this new life they joyfully embrace God.
ARTICLE: TULIP (Desiring God)
BOOK: PROOF: Finding Freedom Through The Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace. by Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones
BOOK: Five Points by John Piper