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Effectual calling

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Effectual calling

Effectual calling (or effective calling[1]) in Calvinist Christian soteriology is a stage in the ordo salutis in which God calls a person to himself. It is connected with, but different from external calling, in which a person hears the gospel message.

Wayne Grudem suggests that it is a summons from the King of the universe that has "such power that it brings about the response that it asks for in people's hearts."[1] Grudem appeals to the story of Lydia: according to Acts 16:14, "The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message" (NIV).[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b  
  2. ^ Grudem, Systematic Theology, p. 693.

External links

  • "Of Effectual Calling" from John Gill's Body of Doctrinal Divinity
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