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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved.

In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

- Ephesians 1:3-7

 

How many comparisons can you find between the father and son in this story and God the Father and His sinful human sons? What contrasts did you discover?


GOD'S INTERNAL CALL

After man rejected God and chose sin in Paradise, it would be most understandable if God would have sentenced all mankind to eternal death. However, God chose to reveal His wonderful grace; He proclaimed His rich offer of salvation in Jesus Christ - His external call.

When totally-depraved man only chooses to reject God's gracious invitation of salvation, however, one could justly conclude that all is certainly lost for all mankind. Yet this is not so! The gracious depths of God's love transcend the depths of man's sin. God will conquer sin and redeem chosen sinners. He will restore communion with His lost people. God will irresistibly and savingly apply His external call in the hearts of His elect, and they shall be saved. They will graciously be restored into communion with God. Who can comprehend the depth of God's gracious heart of love? This leads us into the doctrine of God's internal call.

The following story provides a faint human example of the difference between God's sincere, external call and His saving, restoring, internal call.


    A son was stationed in a remote village in Africa, separated by a considerable distance from his father who remained behind. Father and son communicated regularly by means of shortwave transmitter units.

    However, after a serious disagreement with his father, the son became angry with his father and smashed his transmitter. Every day the father faithfully called his son, sending him messages which offered forgiveness and expressed his desire to communicate again. Due to his rebellious destruction, however, the son never heard the loving invitations of his father.

    Finally, the father traveled to his son's village, found his home, restored their friendship, and repaired his transmitter. Father and son again enjoyed communicating together.

    How does this story illustrate man's spiritual deadness and lack of response to God's sincere, external call? What pictures God's internal, saving call and man's restoration into communion with Him?


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