Irresistible Grace

Irresistible Grace is a Reformed teaching that states that when God calls His elect into salvation, they cannot resist. God offers to all people the Gospel message. This is called the external call. But to the elect, God extends an internal call, and it cannot be resisted. This call is by the Holy Spirit who works in the hearts and minds of the elect to bring them to repentance and regeneration whereby they willingly and freely come to God.

Some of the verses used in support of this teaching are Romans 9:16 where it says that "it is not of him who wills nor of him who runs, but of God who has mercy"; Philippians 2:12-13 where God is said to be the one working salvation in the individual; John 6:28-29 where faith is declared to be the work of God. Acts 13:48 where God appoints people to believe, and John 1:12-13 where being born again is said to be not by man’s will but by God’s.

  • Ezek. 36:26-27, "Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 "And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances."
  • Ezek. 11:19-20, "And I shall give them one heart, and shall put a new spirit within them. And I shall take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances, and do them. Then they will be My people, and I shall be their God."
  • John 6:44, "No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day."
  • John 6:65, "And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me, unless it has been granted him from the Father.”
  • Phil. 2:13, "for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure."
 
 
About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.