"You Always Resist the Holy Spirit"
RESISTING THE HOLY SPIRIT?
I have often heard Acts 7:51 as a so-called proof text against the biblical doctrine irresistible grace. It reads, "You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit..." But this is a profound failure of exegesis that has quite conveniently overlooked the whole first part of the verse. This is because it is the nature of those who are "uncircumcised in heart and ears" to resist the promptings of the Holy Spirit. They have no ears to hear or heart to understand. Circumcision of heart and ears, which can alone be done by the Spirit of God, is the act we speak of that disarms their resistance. Circumcision of heart is another way in the Bible to describe the Spirit's work of regeneration, and obviously no man can regenerate or resurrect himself.