Irresistible Grace is the fourth point of Calvinism.
Despite the name, it does not mean that man is unable to resist the will of G-d or the work of the Ruach HaKodesh. We know from both Scripture and from observing human nature that man is very capable of resisting his Creator. Both the believer and unbeliever will have moments when they turn aside from a corrective action or instruction from G-d.
Instead, irresistible grace refers to the calling of the Spirit to regeneration. The quickening of a dead spirit to a live one, or the turning of a heart of stone into a heart of flesh.
In basic terms, it is that one of the elect cannot reject the calling of G-d to salvation.
This is also known as effectual calling, referring to the effectiveness of the Spirit in the lives of those written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Rev. 13.8). Yeshua said that, as the Good Shepherd, He would lose none of His sheep (John 10:27). Those that are His will answer His call at some point in their lives and respond favorably towards Him.
Irresistible grace is only one step in the process of coming to our Messiah. It is the regeneration of our dead spirit into a living spirit that can worship and serve the Creator.
Even after our calling, we are still capable of sinning. Of desiring to go our own way from time to time. Of seemingly turning our back on the One Who gave everything for our salvation.
But it’s never in open rebellion against Him. It’s never unforgivable.
There are two callings of the Spirit mentioned in the Bible.
There is the external calling that is universal. This is nature calling out to the world (Psalm 19) so everyone may know the attributes of G-d; His eternal power and divine nature.
It is the believer explaining the Gospel. Sowing seeds into the field so that some may grow and bear fruit. Some seeds will be harvested while others will be collected for the fire.
The Apostle Paul says this is so that each one may be without excuse (Romans 1:20) when facing judgment by the Almighty.
There is also an internal calling. The Spirit uses this to compel our dead spirits to accept and believe in the Messiah. It pierces our hard hearts and brings into us a faith so that we can believe the words and promises of G-d. This regeneration allows us to to put our faith in Yeshua so that we might be saved.
This salvation is an act of the Grace of G-d and is not dependent on us. We are saved through the grace of G-d, not by our own works (Eph. 2:8-9).
Grace is an unmerited, or unearned, favor given from the strong to the weak according to the need. It is suitable charity handed out willingly and freely.
The irresistible calling is not hyper-grace.
Hyper-grace is a sub-movement that has flown through history since the days of the Apostles. It shuns all manner of obedience to G-d’s Word, seeing it as a “work” of salvation. Nothing is expected from the believer except for an initial confession of faith. Any type of intentional good work is considered an effort to earn your way into heaven.
In effect, they are actually saying, “Let us sin so that more grace may abound.”
Scripture instructs us otherwise. The Word tells us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires. To live sensibly, righteously and godly (Titus 2:11-12). To be active in our pursuit of holiness.
Paul specifically spoke out against the hyper-grace teaching in Romans 6. We have died to our sins he tells us. Our old self has been crucified to sin. We are free from it due to the sacrifice of our Messiah. While we still have a sinful nature that is tempted to break G-d’s commands, we are no longer known as sinners.
Due to our walking with the Messiah, our sins and faults stand out even more to those around us. A moment of anger, an outburst of frustration, or the giving in to a sinful habit can cause us to stumble in front of others. We may even be labelled a hypocrite due to a single, sinful act.
But the attacks of the world prove we are different from them. You don’t attack a friend, only an enemy. Just as hasatan did to Job before the Throne of Adonai, the world accuses us because we don’t walk their path. They don’t understand the forgiveness Yeshua offers us.
This becomes a chance to bear witness to the world. We are forgiven from our sins. We can repent and turn from our wicked ways to honor G-d.
In seeking repentance from our sins, we no longer walk in a manner that brings shame to the Holy One of Israel.
As G-d has called us to His bride, let us also call others to Him. We do not know who will be saved so we need to spread the Word freely. We do this by being a witness to the world both in word and deed.
This is grace working through us. G-d can use us to provide what is desperately needed in the lives of the unbelievers: an act of regeneration by the Ruach HaKodesh.
Blessed are You, O L-rd, Our G-d, Ruler of the Universe, Who is gracious to wake us from the dead and give us eternal life.