Friday, December 12, 2008

What's the big deal about God's effectual call?

3 comments:

thefourwinds said...

Who is this speaking? Great message. His mannerisms were extremely distracting, but I found it easier to just listen rather than to watch.

Thanks for posting this.

vince said...

this is C.J. Mahaney.

Howard said...

Thanks Andy for this link. CJ does an excellant job of descibing God's effectual call. For many it seems the realization that God has acted on us and that we havn't just "chosen" him comes with time. In other words, when we are first saved we think we have the ability to choose God. As we realize more fully who we are and that we are truely "dead" in our sin, we realize that even our ability to choose God comes from God, not ourselves.

I like what Paul says in his letter to the young pastor Timothy:

TIT 3:3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

It is not about us and how we rightly chose. It is about God and how he has choosen us.

I also am challenged by verse 8 above in that we are to be about "doing what is good". It is not our goodness that has chosen God. Our goodness is a work of synergistic sanctification in us as a result of his saving us.