Chapter 10. Of Effectual Calling

Read Chapter 10(Of Effectual Calling) of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith
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1. Those whom God hath predestinated unto life, He is pleased in His appointed, and accepted time, effectually to call,1by His Word and Spirit, out of that state of sin and death in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus Christ;2enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the things of God;3taking away their heart of stone, and giving to them a heart of flesh;4renewing their wills, and by His almighty power determining them to that which is good, and effectually drawing them to Jesus Christ;5yet so as they come most freely, being made willing by His grace.6

2. This effectual call is of God's free and special grace alone, not from anything at all foreseen in man, nor from any power or agency in the creature,7being wholly passive therein, being dead in sins and trespasses, until being quickened and renewed by the Holy Spirit;8he 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.9

3. Elect infants dying in infancy are regenerated and saved by Christ through the Spirit;10who works when, and where, and how He pleases;11so also are all elect persons, who are incapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the Word.

4. Others not elected, although they may be called by the ministry of the Word, and may have some common operations of the Spirit,12yet not being effectually drawn by the Father, they neither will nor can truly come to Christ, and therefore cannot be saved:13much less can men that do not receive the Christian religion be saved; be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature and the law of that religion they do profess.14