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Monergist Father: Augustine of Hippo (4)


Augustine on the effectual call (irresistible grace):

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God calls His many predestined children to make them members of His predestined only Son, and not with that call by which those who did not wish to come to the wedding were called, for with that call the Jews also were called, to whom Christ crucified is a scandal, and the gentiles were called, for whom Christ crucified is foolishness. Rather, He calls the predestined by that call which the Apostle distinguished when he declared that he preached Christ, the Wisdom and the Power of God, to those who were called, Jews as well as Greeks. For he speaks thus: “But unto those who were called,” to show that those others were not called, for he knows that there is a special and certain call reserved for those who are called according to God’s purpose, “whom He foreknew and predestined to be conformable to the image of His Son.”

—Augustine, cited in Steven J. Lawson, Pillars of Grace (Reformation Trust, 2011), 241.



Posted 2018·09·11 by David Kjos
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