Of Effectual Calling.
Chapter 10, Paragraph 2.
“…he is thereby enabled to answer this call, and to embrace the Grace offered and conveyed in it; and that by no less power, than that which raised up Christ from the dead.”
Omnipotence. A word that means unlimited power. Such a trait belongs to God alone. He is the One who “has most sovereign dominion over all creatures, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever Himself pleaseth” (LBCF 2.1). We see His power displayed in creation, through storms and wind, harvest and growth. We see His power in the work of Providence, rescuing the Israelites time and time again.
This unlimited power of God raised Christ from the dead. This same unlimited power gives life to elect sinners. It is no mere trifle to regenerate a corrupt, fallen human being! Only the word of the Gospel and the Spirit can bring grace and salvation to anyone, and the Spirit and the Word are more than enough. God is never lacking the ability to effectually call a sinner to faith.
The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. Do we really believe that? Looking at churches here in the United States, it appears we think God needs help. Not help as in spreading the Gospel, because believers are commanded to do that, but in making it “attractive”. If you had no fancy building, no children’s program, and the singing was off-key, but you had the Spirit and the word, would that be enough to bring salvation to God’s elect? Shamefully, we too often succumb to the apparent success of glitz, glamour and grandeur in building God’s church, and despise the small, plain, yet faithful work. How foolish we are!
Rest in God’s almighty capacity to draw His elect to Himself. Share the gospel with boldness. For He must save, and He alone.
And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. -1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Questions to Consider
- Do you believe the power of God is enough to convert the elect?