These quotes are from his wonderful book : " By His Grace And For His Glory " . It is under the chapter regarding world missions and " bold evangelism " . Offer is not normally used in Scripture to describe how God gives his gifts to men ... Normally the word offer has too dormant a connotation to incorporate the vivid and active images picturing the effectuality of gospel preaching : the blind see , the dead live , the sleepers awaken , the sinners' resistance is aggravated , and a sweet-smelling savor rises to the nostrils of God . In apostolic examples of preaching , we see little of what might be called " offer ' and much of what is called " command . " Men are commanded to lay down arms and surrender to God , who demonstrates his sovereign holiness in all his actions -- creation , providence , and redemption -- and promises of forgiveness encourage those who truly comply . The unabridged version of the gospel simply cannot be contained within the normal connotations of the word off .