NAU Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by John.
The word for purpose here is a very interesting word. Thayer defines it this way:
counsel, purpose … especially of the purpose of God respecting the salvation of men through Christ
Here are the references where it is used in the New Testament:
NAU Luke 7.30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by John.
NAU Luke 23.51 (he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God;
NAU Acts 2.23 this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.
NAU Acts 4.28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.
NAU Acts 5.38 "So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown;
NAU Acts 13.36 "For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay;
NAU Acts 20.27 "For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.
NAU Acts 27.12 Because the harbor was not suitable for wintering, the majority reached a decision to put out to sea from there, if somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, facing southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.
NAU Acts 27.42 The soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, so that none of them would swim away and escape;
NAU 1 Corinthians 4.5 Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.
NAU Ephesians 1.11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,
NAU Hebrews 6.17 In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath,
I don’t have a lot of commentaries available on this verse, but here are a few interesting comments:
By refusing to be baptized by John they showed that they did not accept his message of repentance or accept the kingdom. Thus they rejected God’s plan of salvation for them.1
However, the Pharisees and lawyers (scribes) did not submit to John’s baptism showing that they had rejected God’s purpose, namely His plan of salvation for them.2
So… I ask… is Grace Irresistable? Or Not?