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Confession of Faith

Chapter 10: Of Effectual Calling

All those whom God hath predestinated unto life, and those only, he is pleased, in his appointed and accepted time, effectually to call,1 by his Word and Spirit,2 out of that state of sin and death, in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation, by Jesus Christ;3 enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God,4 taking away their heart of stone, and giving unto them a heart of flesh;5 renewing their wills, and, by his almighty power, determining them to that which is good,6 and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ:7 yet so, as they come most freely, being made willing by his grace.8

  1. Romans 8:30

    And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

    Romans 11:7

    What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened,

    Ephesians 1:10-11

    as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

    In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, (ESV)

  2. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

    But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    2 Corinthians 3:3

    And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

    2 Corinthians 3:6

    who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (ESV)

  3. Romans 8:2

    For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

    Ephesians 2:1-5

    2:1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—

    2 Timothy 1:9-10

    who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, (ESV)

  4. Acts 26:18

    to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

    1 Corinthians 2:10

    these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

    1 Corinthians 2:12

    Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.

    Ephesians 1:17-18

    that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, (ESV)

  5. Ezekiel 36:26

    And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (ESV)

  6. Ezekiel 11:19

    And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,

    Philippians 2:13

    for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

    Deuteronomy 30:6

    And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

    Ezekiel 36:27

    And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. (ESV)

  7. Ephesians 1:19

    and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might

    John 6:44-45

    No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— (ESV)

  8. Song of Solomon 1:4

    Draw me after you; let us run.
    The king has brought me into his chambers.

    We will exult and rejoice in you;
    we will extol your love more than wine;
    rightly do they love you.

    Psalm 110:3

    Your people will offer themselves freely
    on the day of your power,
    in holy garments;
    from the womb of the morning,
    the dew of your youth will be yours.

    John 6:37

    All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

    Romans 6:16-18

    Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. (ESV)


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Copyright © Tim Hopper. Based on Calendar of Readings in the Westminster Standards by Dr. Joey Pipa. Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.