Grace Acts From Within

Still They Speak

“It is a misconception to suppose that by irresistible grace is meant an ab extra coercing influence. Calvin, like Augustine, delights to present it as the law written on the mind and the heart, indicating that grace acts from within, so that there is no longer any resistance… To be made willing in a day of God’s sovereign power is the highest liberty, enlisting all the faculties of mind, heart, and spirit. As a bird is free in the air and a fish in the sea, each in his own native element, so man is truly free in the will of his God.” –R.A. Finlayson “Puritan Papers Vol. 3” (edited by J.I. Packer) p. 139

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