Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Confession of Faith: Chapter 10: Of Effectual Calling

Chapter 10: Of Effectual Calling

1. All those whom God hath predestined unto life, and those only, he is pleased, in his appointed and accepted time, effectually to call,(a)  by his Word and Spirit(b), out of that state of sin and death, in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation, by Jesus Christ;(c) enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God,(d) taking away their heart of stone, and giving unto them a heart of flesh; (e) renewing their wills, and, by his almighty power, determining them to that which is good, (f) and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ:(g) yet so, as they come most freely, being made willing by his grace.(h)

(a) Acts 13:48, Rom. 8:28, 30, Rom. 11:7, Eph. 1:5, 11, 2 Tim. 1:9-10
(b) 2 Thess. 2:13-14, James 1:18, 2 Cor. 3:3, 6, 1 Cor. 2:12
(c) 2 Tim. 1:9-10, 1 Pet. 2:9, Rom. 8:2, Eph, 2:1-10
(d) Acts 26:18, 1 Cor. 2:10, 12, Eph. 1:17-18, 2 Cor. 4:6
(e) Ezek. 36:26       (f) Ezek. 11:19, Deut. 30:6, Ezek. 36:27, John 3:5, Titus 3:5, 1 Pet. 1:23
(g) John 6:44-45, Acts 16:14
(h) Ps. 110:2, John 6:37, Matt. 11:28, Rev. 22:17, Rom. 6:16-18, Eph. 2:8, Phil. 1:29

2.  This effectual call is of God's free and special grace alone, not from anything at all foreseen in man, (i) who is altogether passive therein, until, being quickened and renewed by the Holy Spirit,(k) he is thereby enabled to answer this call, and to embrace  the grace offered and conveyed in it. (l)

(i) 2 Tim. 1:9, Eph. 2:8-9, Rom. 9:11
(k) 1 Cor. 2:14, Rom. 8:7-9, Titus 3:4-5
(l) John 6:37, Ezek. 36:27, 1 John 5:1, 1 John 3:9

3. Elect infants, dying in infancy, are regenerated, and saved by Christ, through the Spirit,(m) who worketh when, and where, and how he pleaseth;(n) so also  are all other elect persons who are uncapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the Word. (o)

(m) Gen. 17:7, Luke 18:15-16, Acts 2:39, John 3:3,5, 1 John 5:12, see Luke 1:15
(n) John 3:8             (o) John 16:7-8, 1 John 5:12, Acts 4:12

4. Others, not elected, although they may be called by the ministry of the Word, (p) and may have some common operations of the Spirit,(q) yet they never truly come unto Christ, and therefore cannot be saved;(r) much less can men, not professing the Christian religion, be saved in any other way whatsoever, be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature, and the laws of that religion they do profess.(s) And, to assert and maintain that they may, is very pernicious, and to be detested.(t)

(p) Matt. 13:14-15, Acts 28:24, Acts 13:48, Matt. 22:14
(q) Matt. 13:20-21, Matt. 7:22, Heb. 6:4-5      (r) John 6:37, 64-66, John 8:44, John 13:18, John 17:12
(s) Acts 4:12, 1 John 4:2-3

Next Study: Chapter 14: Of Saving Faith

Blessings in Christ!

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