The Need for an Effectual Call (Hoekema)

 I really like these reflections by Anthony Hoekema on the effectual call of God.  Hoekema first gives an objection, then a clear answer and an illustration.  This post is a bit longer than my usual ones, but it's not too tough to read/follow - and it's comforting! A final objection which could be raised is… Continue reading The Need for an Effectual Call (Hoekema)

They Shall Come To Me (Bunyan)

In John 6:37 Jesus said, "All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away" (NIV). These words of Jesus convey a precious relatity and a comforting promise. They are well worth memorizing! Here's how John Bunyan commented on these words in Come and Welcome… Continue reading They Shall Come To Me (Bunyan)

God Has Many Keys [or: The Lord Opened Her Heart] (Sibbes)

I've always loved the story in Acts about Lydia coming to faith in Christ when Paul was telling her about Jesus by the side of a river near Philippi.  Here's how Luke summarized it: "A God-fearing woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, was listening. The Lord opened her… Continue reading God Has Many Keys [or: The Lord Opened Her Heart] (Sibbes)

Preaching and the Holy Spirit (Kuyper)

 Most of us know that God uses preachers to bring the gospel to the lost (Rom 10:14).  It's equally true that the preacher is not the one who deserves credit when someone comes to saving faith in Christ (cf. Acts 16:14).  In Reformed theology, we say that ordinarily God effectually calls the elect by the… Continue reading Preaching and the Holy Spirit (Kuyper)

The Gracious, Sovereign, Effectual Call (Murray)

 John Murray's Redemption Accomplished and Applied is an outstanding resource that gives a clear and concise summary of what the Bible teaches about Christ's saving work (redemption accomplished) and how the sinner benefits from it (redemption applied).  If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend doing so sooner than later!  You'll come away with a… Continue reading The Gracious, Sovereign, Effectual Call (Murray)