Grace by Force?

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“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),…”
–Eph. 2:4:5

When we see a casket wrenched open…

…the hinges torn away, or the clasp destroyed, we mark at once the hand of the Spoiler; but when we observe another casket deftly opened with a master-key, and the sparkling contents revealed, we note the hand of the Owner.

Conversion is not, as some suppose, a violent opening of the heart by grace, in which will, reason, and judgment are all ignored or crushed. This is too barbarous a method for him who comes not as a plunderer to his prey, but as a possessor to his treasure.

In conversion, the Lord who made the human heart deals with it according to its nature and constitution. His key insinuates itself into the locks; the will is not enslaved but enfranchised; the reason is not blinded but enlightened, and the whole of man is made to act with a glorious liberty which it never knew till it fell under the restraints of grace.

By C.H. Spurgeon