Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The illustration of virtue in Greek drama. Part 15. The divine invitation to participate in the greatest victory ever won.

Friday, June 18, 2004

“Calling” – accusative singular direct object – noun – klesin = calling, invitation, or a legal summons.

Klesis – calling = the divine invitation to embrace not only salvation but the plan of God and your personal sense of destiny resulting in the execution of your distinctive individual drama.

You have been invited by God to obtain eternal salvation and to have the privilege of bringing glory to Him through the execution of your very own personal drama in the midst of the angelic conflict.

1. Rationalism
2. Empiricism
3. Faith

The merit of faith is in the object.

The spiritually dead person can make legitimate decisions to listen to the gospel and believe in Jesus Christ, but these positive decisions which originate from spiritual death have no ability apart from the ministry of God the Holy Spirit.

Pre-salvation grace or common grace.

a. Common grace – the Gospel is presented and made understandable.
b. The divine call – the personal invitation to believe on TLJC.
c. Efficacious grace – the unbeliever’s faith is made effectual.

There is an invitation which is called in the New Testament, “the calling of God.”

ROM 11:29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

God does not revoke His call because He knows that some will not respond to His invitation.

1. Common grace – the H.S. makes the Gospel understandable.
2. Divine call – the invitation of God the Father to believe in TLJC.
3. Efficacious grace – the H.S. making faith alone in Jesus Christ effective for salvation.

2CO 6:2 – quoted from ISA 49:8 – is an evangelistic concept that goes back to the Old Testament.

There is an acceptance that takes place before salvation but that acceptance is accepting the information that God the Holy Spirit has presented concerning TLJC and how to be saved.

If a person receives the information, he still does not have the faith to believe and therefore God the Holy Spirit takes the faith of the spiritually dead person and makes it effectual.

JOH 1:12 But as many as received Him [the information concerning TLJC], to them He gave the right to become[in the future] children of God, {even} to those who believe in His name,

EPH 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that [grace, salvation, faith] not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

The spiritual death of mankind makes it necessary for the grace of God to function on our behalf.

In the function of common grace, the Holy Spirit acts as a human spirit so that those who are spiritually dead may be enlightened on one subject only, the Gospel.

Once understood, the next step in the invitation is from God the Father, He invites you through your understanding of the Gospel, to believe in Christ.

a. The invitation of God the Father to believe in Jesus Christ. b. The election of the believer.

Make – pres-mid-inf – poieo = to do, to make your calling and election sure.

Motivation and progressive changes are two principles that go together.

Many people lack motivation because they have nothing in the soul to make life interesting.

HEB 11:25 – they choose to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin;

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