"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)


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    Casting the Gospel Seed Far and Wide

    We are to cast the seed of the gospel far and wide, indiscriminately to all people. But the ground of people's hearts are naturally hardened. The gospel seed will fall on hard ground unless God plows up the fallow ground of our hearts... unless the Spirit unplugs our deaf ears to hear the gospel. So the Spirit and word work together. The word by itself is not enough. The Spirit must apply it to our hearts. Scripture proof: 1 Thess 1:4,5 says "He has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction."

    Posted by John on December 3, 2009 01:23 PM


    Most theologians agree that the Bible speaks two types of “calls:” an external call and an internal call. The external call is the proclamation of the gospel, which is to be universal – the gospel is to be offered to everyone without distinction as mandated in the Great Commission. Everyone is to be “called” to salvation, to submission to Christ. The internal call, however, is the special work of the Holy Spirit within the heart. It is the internal moving of God which makes a depraved sinner able to respond to the external call of the gospel. Examples:

    Acts 2:39: “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
    • 1 Cor 1:23-24: “But we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
    • Heb 9:15: “For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance – now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”

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