The Holy Spirits work in Salvation


Irresistible Grace

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As the Holy Spirit begins to work in our hearts, and this work is not restrained by time, as we will see with Paul later. We often put up some form of resistance. This is natural after all, God is raising a dead soul, who by nature are against Him, and the hold of sin and their love for it don’t always come easy.  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 6:44) focus on the word “Draw”  ( helkuō  /  helkō)  to draw, drag off,   metaphorically, to draw by inward power, lead, impel  the same word is used in (John 21:11) where Peter struggled as he drew the fish in, the fish did not come voluntarily, but at a certain point the struggle was over. Within every sinner is this same desire to struggle and kick against Holiness. We lived , slept and drank in darkness all our live and when the light of Christ shines we recoil. But though there may be resistance the Grace of God proves irresistible ultimately. The Apostle Paul was a tough fish, telling the story of His conversion He recalled how He had resisted Christ.  He recalls how Christ appeared to Him on the road to Damascus and said to Paul, Saul, Saul why are you persecuting Me/, It is hard to kick against the goads. Paul was drawn to Christ kicking and screaming. Paul in His pre-conversion days persecuted the Church followers putting them in prison and consenting to their death. But like a herdsman goading an ox the Lord was goading Paul towards the foreordained day of His conversion. All this time the Holy spirit was at work in Paul and at the appointed time the Holy spirit open Paul eyes and ears to the truth.  Bowing the knee to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, “the chief of all sinners”  was soon to discover that a Sovereign God had in fact chosen Paul and brought Him to faith. This was irresistible Grace indeed.

Gregory Lane

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