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Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified.

-Romans 8:30

Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

-II Timothy 1:9

According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue.

-II Peter 1:3

And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had afore prepared unto glory,

Even us, whom He hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

-Romans 9:23-24

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

-I Peter 2:9

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling.

-Ephesians 4:4

4. The Holy Spirit's saving application is accomplished by His divine and almighty power (not "by man's response and cooperation").

But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him

-I John 2:27

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

-I Corinthians 3:6-1

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.

-Philippians 2:13

And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

-Acts 16:14

    After listening to an explanation of the Holy Spirit's irresistible grace, John asked, "Is a person forced to be converted? Does a child of God serve Him against his will?"

    "I appreciate your question," his teacher responded. "When we emphasize the Spirit's irresistible work, we could form a distorted picture in this regard. The Holy Spirit actually wins over the person's will. The person is made willing. The Holy Spirit implants new spiritual life, and this new heart or nature in the person loves to worship and serve God.

Is the Holy Spirit's external call resistible? Explain.


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