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Dictionaries :: Call

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Below are articles from the following 2 dictionaries:
Easton's Bible Dictionary


(1.) To cry for help, hence to pray (Gen 4:26). Thus men are said to "call upon the name of the Lord" (Act 2:21; 7:59; 9:14; Rom 10:12; 1Cr 1:2).

(2.) God calls with respect to men when he designates them to some special office (Exd 31:2; Isa 22:20; Act 13:2), and when he invites them to accept his offered grace (Mat 9:13; 11:28; 22:4).

In the message of the gospel his call is addressed to all men, to Jews and Gentiles alike (Mat 28:19; Mar 16:15; Rom 9:24,25). But this universal call is not inseparably connected with salvation, although it leaves all to whom it comes inexcusable if they reject it (Jhn 3:14-19; Mat 22:14).

An effectual call is something more than the outward message of the Word of God to men. It is internal, and is the result of the enlightening and sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit (Jhn 16:14; Act 26:18; Jhn 6:44), effectually drawing men to Christ, and disposing and enabling them to receive the truth (Jhn 6:45; Act 16:14; Eph 1:17).

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