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 Never Seeks in Vain (Toplady)

In Luke 15 Jesus gave a parable about a shepherd that lost one of his one hundred sheep. He asked, "Which one of you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go look for the one that is lost until he… Continue reading God Never Seeks in Vain (Toplady)

God Has Called You: On Effectual Calling (Murray)

Scripture teaches that a person dead in sin will remain dead in sin unless God graciously gives him or her new life in Christ (Eph. 2:5).  In theological terms, we say God effectually calls his elect and regenerates them by the power of his Spirit and word.  God is the author of this gracious, sovereign,… Continue reading God Has Called You: On Effectual Calling (Murray)

The Lord Opened Her Heart (Acts 16:14)

One of the places in Scripture that teaches effectual calling (irresistible grace) and the sovereignty of God in regeneration is Acts 16:14, where Luke writes this about Lydia: "The Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul (NASB)."  I appreciate Richard Sibbes' comments on this text: "...As our hearts are shut… Continue reading The Lord Opened Her Heart (Acts 16:14)