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Sunday, October 09, 2005 

The Effectual call of God!!

How good it is to know that we are effectually by God and that our salvation is secure!! Praise be to God alone!!

"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 8:30 ESV

"So, then, what is this effectual, internal call...it is a direct operation of the Holy Spirit within us. It is immediate, it is spiritual, it is supernatural, miraculous...Without this operation we are incapable of any true spiritual activity but as the result of this operation of the Holy Spirit upon us, we are rendered capable, for the first time, of spiritual activity and that is how this call now becomes effectual, that is what enables us to receive it...it is not simply that the moral influence of the truth is exercised upon them...it is an operation of the Spirit upon the men and women themselves, in the depths. It is not merely that the Holy Spirit heightens our natural faculties and powers. It is more that that. It is the Spirit acting upon the soul from within and producing within us a new principle of spiritual action. It is that the Holy Spirit implants a principle within me which enables me, for the first time in my life, to discern and to apprehend something of this glorious, wondrous truth. He works upon my will...He leads, He persuades, He acts upon my will in such a way that when he does, the call of the gospel is effectual, and it is certain, and it is sure. God's work never fails, and when God works in a man or woman, the work is effective."
Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Great Doctrines of the Bible, God the Holy Spirit, pgs 70-73.