Does The New Testament Teach Irresistible Grace? To answer the above question we must first do a brief survey of the Biblical passages that deal with this question. Often those who deny irresistible grace do so based on verses that have nothing to do with the issue its self, or they use human (worldly) reasoning (which is sometimes blasphemous). First we must establish if man, on his own, has the power/ability to be saved. The Apostle Paul, in Ephesians 2, answers this point very well. Paul makes the point that, before salvation, people are dead in sin (vs1), living in sin (vss2,3), and are children of wrath (vs3). However God, because He is merciful, has made a way by which people are saved (vss4-7). How has God done this? He, through Christ, made us alive and has seated us with Christ in heaven (vs6). This is not done based on human works, but it is totally of the grace of God (vss8-9). The result of this work of God is a new, transformed life (vs10). Therefore it is the conclusion of these verses, and others, that man does not have the ability to save himself. Man is spiritually dead in sin and cannot raise himself to life by religion or noble works. Therefore, according to Paul, we must be saved by God's grace through faith. Now, is this faith of us or of God? Ephesians 2:8-9 imply strongly that faith, grace, and salvation are all the gift of God. Our Lord Jesus, in John 6:44, states that people cannot have saving faith apart from the work of God. Notice what Jesus says, "no one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day". Someone will reply, "but he says nothing about saving faith". I will reply, you are wrong. Jesus says everything about saving faith in this verse and context. Notice, in verse 44, that Jesus says only the ones the Father draws to Him will be raised on the last day. Who is that? Those the Father has given to the Son (vs37) and thus those the Son gives eternal life to (Jn 17:2). Therefore being drawn to Jesus by the Father, or coming to Jesus, is another way to say "saving faith". The only person who can have saving faith is the person God grants it to. Human faith is usually mixed with works (etc) and therefore does not save (Rom 4:4-5). Now that we have, briefly, laid that foundation lets move on to the question at hand. That is, Does The New Testament Teach Irresistible Grace? To answer that question we will turn in our Bibles to John 6:37. Jesus, in the context, is talking to the Jews and they are asking Him to give them the bread of which He spoke (misunderstanding what He was saying). Jesus goes on to explain that the bread He was talking about is not literal bread but rather it is Himself (vs35). However these people, to whom Jesus was talking, would not believe (vs36). Jesus then proceeds to say, "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me...". Let's stop there for just one moment. There are some basic questions that need to be answered. Based on the Words of Jesus... Q. Who will come to Jesus? A. Those the Father gives Him. Q. How many of those the Father gives to Jesus will come to Jesus? A. All. Therefore we must conclude that, in this passage, Jesus was teaching irresistible grace. Why? Because if the Father gives someone to Jesus they will, not might or could, come to Jesus. End of story. What will happen to these people? They will no be be cast out or lost but will be raised on the last day (vss37-40). There are, of course, objections to this. Most of these objections will not be based on Scripture and are therefore worthless. One objection maybe that the Bible teaches that "whosoever will" (Jn 3:16, etc). That is true and irresistible grace does not change that (nor visa versa). Yes "whosoever will" is true, but irresistible grace tells us who will (Jn 6:37, 10:26-30, etc). Anyone who comes to Christ will be saved, but only those the Father has given to the Son will come to Christ (irresistible grace). Another objection is not based on Scripture and is as follows: If God irresistibly calls some to salvation why does He not call all? The answer....I don't know. That is God's plan and you have no right to question it. Who are you, o arrogant mortal, to question the eternal God of the universe? Who are you, sinful being, to question the wisdom of a Holy God? Just because you can't fully understand something does not mean you have the right to reject it. You don't have that right. You say, but this is your opinion! I answer, no it is not. This is just taking what Jesus said seriously. Why God elects some and not others is not a question we can answer fully on this side of eternity (and maybe not even in eternity itself). However that, in no way, threatens the truth of the teachings of the Lord God Himself in John 6:37 (etc). Another objection goes something like this...Show me in Scripture were God irresistibly calls someone. A good answer is Saul (Paul) in Acts 9:3-9. Jesus did not ask Paul what he wanted to do, nor did Jesus ask him permission (God needs no mans permission). Jesus just knocked the man off of his horse, made him blind, and changed his heart. In many ways Paul had no choice in the matter. Someone will say, well you are saying God drags folks into the Kingdom against their will! No, I am not. What I am saying is that God knocks sinners down and changes their heart so that they want to go to heaven. This is a clear teaching of Scripture. It is sad that so much of the church has been so infected with humanism (man is the center) that they will use all the reasoning in the world to avoid this truth (pride). In Christ, Martin.