Westminster Larger Catechism Study

The Effectual Call

It’s a wonderful message. Many years ago I listened to S. Lewis Johnson often preach on the subject. One instance has…

“ “Internal calling” is the effectual work of the Holy Spirit by which men are savingly influenced to salvation. Grace is the initiation of the work. “Calling” is the result of the action of grace. Grace is the general description of what God does in our hearts through the preaching of the Gospel. And then the “calling” — that is, the work of the Holy Spirit calling us to relationship to God, is the product of the work of the Holy Spirit in grace. The “calling” comes from the Holy Spirit, as distinguished from the word of God, but the “internal calling” is the combination of the preaching of the word and then the word applied by the Holy Spirit.”

And let’s remember:

John 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

Possessing the Treasure

By Mike Ratliff

1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying,
“Do not fear, Abram,
I am a shield to you;
Your reward shall be very great.”
2 Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.” 4 Then behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.” 5 And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6 Then…

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