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Scriptural proofs for the TULIP: Irresistible Grace (Effectual Calling)

In our default state of spiritual death, we are so lost and helpless that we cannot desire God. With the grace of Spiritual regeneration, God reverses the fallen volition of His elect to instead freely choose obedience to the gospel, effectively drawing us to Himself. Thus, for those who are not elected to salvation, saving grace is always resisted, and for those whom He truly chooses, resistance is futile. God draws His people to Himself via secondary causes. That is, God ordains the ends of salvation, as well as the means of salvation: prayer and gospel proclamation by Christians. Therefore, Christians must preach the gospel “promiscuously and without distinction” (the Canons of Dort 2.5), knowing not the identity of God’s elect; only that God’s Word will not return void, and that the inward witness of the Holy Spirit will succeed in using God’s Word to save His people. The true pursuit of God begins no sooner than conversion and indwelling by the Holy Spirit.

(John 6:44, 63) “No one can come to me [Jesus] unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. … It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”

(John 8:32, 36) “… you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. … So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

(Ephesians 2:4-5) “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved.”

(Matthew 13:3-9) “And he [Jesus] told them many things in parables, saying: ‘A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”

(Acts 7:51) “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.”

(Revelation 22:17) “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.”

(Romans 1:6) “Including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ …”

(Acts 26:18) “To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”

(Numbers 16:5, 26) “In the morning the LORD will show who is his, and who is holy, and will bring him near to him. The one whom he chooses he will bring near to him. … Depart, please, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be swept away with all their sins.”

(II Timothy 2:19) “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: ‘The Lord knows those who are his,’ and, ‘Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.'”

(Romans 8:28-30) “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”

(Joshua 11:20) “For it was the LORD’s doing to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle, in order that they should be devoted to destruction and should receive no mercy but be destroyed, just as the LORD commanded Moses.”

(Romans 9:24) “Even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?”

(I Corinthians 1:24, 26) “But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. … For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.”

(I Corinthians 7:18, 21) “Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. … Were you a bondservant when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.)”

(Galatians 1:15) “But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace …”

(Romans 1:1-7) “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,
To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

(II Thessalonians 2:14) “To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

(II Peter 1:3-5, 10, 11) “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge …
Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

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