Mr. T explains T.U.L.I.P. – Irresistible Grace
As some of you may know, in 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire…the A-Team.
Yeah, fools were always trying to find the A-Team. And we helped them whenever we could. Even though it was our preference to get paid for that work, sometimes fools can’t afford to pay you, like when we helped all those cons who were being forced to fight to the death by that evil warden. When we helped suckas like that, it was a gift.
I wanna talk about the gift God has for you, that’s what I’m talkin’ about when I say Irresistible Grace.
First off, God’s grace is kind of like my van, only infinitely more unstoppable – ain’t no fool in the whole world can stop it. Daniel 4:35 says “He does according to his will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand!” So God’s grace is what he uses to give us the faith in Jesus that will save us from damnation. Right about now some fools might be hollerin’ at T tellin’ me that God’s grace is what saves us, but we can refuse it by our own free will. That’s a bunch of jive-jibba-jabba, fool! We so messed up that If we left to our own will, we’ll choose against God every time and twice on Sunday, sucka. Jesus told us all about it in John 6:64-65 : “But there are some of you that do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and who it was that should betray him. And he said, ‘This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
That don’t mean that God forces us to do things against our will. Instead it means that our will is changed by Him. Imagine that my van rolls up on some Ninjas, and they want to fight because they evil – I could knock they heads around and make them fight for me against they ninja-boss, but then they only doing it because they have to. They’d stop workin’ with the A-Team as soon as they could. But God is able to turn those fools from evil Ninjas into good Ninjas, so they actually want to depart from they evil with all they hearts. That’s how irresistible grace works.
Paul talks about this in 1 Corinthians 1:23-24 says, “We preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jew and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” Christ is the same whether preached to believers or non-believers, but God makes some of them understand, and the rest of them think we Christians is a bunch a fools!
John Piper said “Those who are called have their eyes opened by the sovereign creative power of God so that they no longer see the cross as foolishness but as the power and the wisdom of God. The effectual call is the miracle of having our blindness removed. This is irresistible grace.” That’s true, fool!
in 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire…the A-Team.
To me, that seems to have happened forever ago. We was framed, but thanks to my strength, and Hannibal’s brains, we escaped judgment. Remember, we was innocent. But listen, fool. As you stand before God, you ain’t innocent, and not even Mr. T can help you escape from hell once you there. So if you readin’ this and you feel your the weight of your sin on your shoulders, and you can hear God calling for you to repent, pray to Him! Ask Jesus to forgive your sins. Believe that he died for them and repent from them!
I’ll be back one more time to close up this series.