Vocation

Spending as much time as I have in witnessing and eventually it’s inevitable that we would hit a wall.  No matter how logically we presented the case, no matter the force of reason, no matter how clearly the mocker or scoffer we were talking to saw the force of the logic of what we were saying there remained a rejection of the message that we were preaching.  I couldn’t understand it until I dug deeper into the Bible and discovered, I thought for the first time in history because I was raised in a Church that rejected Augustine, the doctrine of Vocation.  Charles Hodge rightly observes that if we were left to ourselves there would be no inclination to be saved.  The Bible rightly observes that in order for a person to be drawn to God that person must have God drawing them.  We are so steeped in our own sin that without that pull we would never go to God.

It is by the Word of God that reality is made.  The ancient Hebrews saw the power of the Word God and many of their mystics mistook the power to be latent in the words themselves rather than in the fact that these words came from God.  The mystics saw that when God spoke things happened and so they wrongly assumed that the power was in the words.  But the power was not in the words but it was in the fact that these words came from God.  There is an assurance that when God calls an individual through His vocation that this calling will be fulfilled as surely as everything else in all creation must obey the Word of God.

Now there are different types of callings that God issues to mankind.  On the one hand there is the general call that is given to all mankind that they would come and repent and believe by faith in the name of Christ.  This call which is given to all mankind is called the External Call.  This External Call is given even to those who are outside the Church.  This External Call is not the same as the call of vocation which comes through predestination.  In the Bible there are revelations which are given which can be freely read by all.  But while there is a general understanding of some of the points of the Bible which unbelievers may have, there is never an acceptance of the truths of the Bible which can come to the heart of those who reject God.

Only the Bible can present the truths which unbelievers need in order to come to salvation.  There is no way to come to a knowledge of what is necessary for salvation by looking at the moon or thinking about the stars.  A person is not going to be looking at the waves someday and think to himself, “You know, I think there was a Jewish carpenter named Jesus who died on the cross for my sins and rose the third day from the dead.” And if a person was ever looking at the waves and came to that conclusion it would have nothing to do intrinsically within the waves, but it would’ve been because at some point that individual had been exposed to the message of the Gospel.   There is still an external call that is given, and it has often puzzled me as to why the message was still given to all if the great majority were to reject its message.  There is an irrationality amongst those who reject the call of God’s grace and this deliberate irrationality goes to show just how wicked the wicked really are in their stubborn rejection of God and makes their condemnation be shown to be all the more just for so foolishly rejecting the great gift of the mercy that God longs to show to the wickedest of sinners.

There is a great salvation that God provides to those of us who believe.  Yet the mercy of God does not stop there.  The mercy of God extends to the entire unbelieving world in that they exist: God does not immediately cast them off to hellfire the second they deserve it.  The mercy of God also extends to the wicked in very basic ways such as the provision which God makes for them.  A man may be wicked and yet he will recover from his cold by the mercy of God.  The laws of the physical operation of the universe which God maintains allow the wicked to start his car in the morning.  Without God’s mercy there is no guarantee that the wicked man’s radio station will even stay on the dials that the wicked man sets them to.  There is nothing that forces God to prevent the radio station from simply being stuck on static rather than let the wicked man rejoice in the music which God allows the wicked man to delight in.  And yet in all these things the mercy of God is put on the wicked at least for a time.  When the wicked man dies all of his hopes are dashed, but in this life God gives the wicked man so many undeserved mercies in allowing him to enjoy the fruits of this life along with the righteous.

Beyond this general mercy which God extends to the whole universe, there is an Efficacious Grace which God mandates by His call.  By His word, God renders certain that men will come to faith in the Gospel.  In all of the witnessing that I have done no matter how many brick walls that I run into I have not given up because there is a promise that someday, somewhere someone will hear the message and will come to Christ.  And in the meantime I will have had the chance to build the faith of so many including, especially my own faith.  Yet the predestination of God guarantees that there will be success for the Gospel in the world that no matter what the odds, no matter how impossible it seems there will be success for the message of the Gospel.  Yet the Efficacious Call of predestination is necessary that any would come and head the message of salvation because it would be impossible for the dead spiritually to do anything on their own behalf for their own salvation just as it would be easier for a physically dead person to will himself back to life.  It just isn’t possible.  None but God can breathe life into a spiritually dead soul.

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Comments

  1. DebbieA

    Excellent post! Thank you for it, I really needed to see this.

    January 31, 2013
    1. adjewleu

      DA, applauding a mediocre text is not a sign of intelligence is it?…

      February 01, 2013
  2. adjewleu

    “… … The Bible rightly observes that in order for a person to be drawn to God that person must have God drawing them. … …”

    Where does it say that?

    And then, this god that draws some and leaves others out is what?

    Is this the almighty I call 50%-almighty?
    Draws some and draws not some!?…

    It doesn’t help me to see this god as fully almighty, 45.

    If it is this god which draws people, now you need to explain why this god needs COURIERS paid in cash to help him do the drawing?!!…

    What a mess of an article, 45; what a mess!

    All because you refuse to use your brain to think.

    February 01, 2013
  3. mrmacq

    DUDE
    your omni everything gawd
    created that moon as well
    one side facing us constantly
    he could have very easily (since he is omni everything and created the universe after all)
    written it right there for all to see
    instead this doofus tells moses to “chisel” it on 3 stone tablets
    (one of them moses then drops)
    .
    epic fail on the “master of the universe”
    (shit even i would have thought of that one …considering “I” made it that way…a huge duh moment there eh?)

    February 02, 2013
    1. adjewleu

      WOW, mr!
      Good point about the Moon!
      I never thought about it, but it is an amazing point!

      Yes, I’m afraid 45 is not using his own brain to think.
      He is using the brain of some delusional tutor who charges him cash to go learn how to get involved in the same dishonest trade: pushing & selling a 50%-almighty that needs COURIERS to have his message delivered around our suburbs…!

      Go jump in the lake, 45!!

      It is sad, indeed.

      February 02, 2013
      1. mrmacq

        yeah well 45 and his kind would have us believe “gawd” put the “dinosaur fossils” here as a test to the faith
        .
        ya just gotta shake your head at that logic
        (or lack of)

        February 02, 2013
        1. adjewleu

          45 is pushing & selling his god within the agenda he is applauded for.
          He wants to help his 50%-almighty win souls because no soul would be won without this commercial agenda he pursues.

          It is a hybrid almighty – quasi-almighty – half-an-almighty – 50%-almighty which goes get COURIERS to go deliver his message to targeted souls to get saved.

          Those evangelistic couriers get a direct call from the quasi-almighty, are next trained in evangelistic tactics, get cash for the job, and off they go to villages & towns to deliver the message in code and threaten & curse those who are intelligent enough to reject it.

          February 02, 2013
          1. hearthappy45

            nice to hear from you again.

            June 01, 2013
            1. adjewleu

              Thanks, 45.
              Where have you been lately?
              Long time you don’t post a thing.
              Welcome back!

              June 01, 2013
          2. hearthappy45

            Thank you. Yes it has been a long time since I have posted anything. I have been so busy working on my Masters of Divinity Degree that unfortunately I haven’t been able to spend the kind of time here at thoughts.com that I really wanted to be able to. I should be done with my Masters in Divinity in a few weeks time and so I was looking forward to resuming my ministry here at thoughts.com. At the same time I have been working on my Junior High Ministry at my Church and so I have been a lot busier than I need to be to be here the way that I always wanted to be to share with my friends the glorious truth that I have in Christ.

            June 02, 2013
            1. adjewleu

              Cool, 45.
              I even thought you perhaps got married and were on honeymoon around the world, lol.
              But we missed you for sure.

              June 03, 2013
          3. hearthappy45

            I missed you too.

            June 03, 2013
        2. hearthappy45

          I don’t think that dinosaur bones were sent here to test our faith.

          June 01, 2013
  4. adjewleu

    You folks need to understand that 45 is not a nice evangelist: he is on the side of those with a VIOLENT MESSAGE of a “Half-An-Almighty” who to save us went and worked out a “Plan-Of-Salvation” with VIOLENT ingredients to be delivered around our towns by religious COURIERS for a price!!

    Folks think with your brains: do you want a god that uses the INDIRECT approach via these weird evangelists?

    “Indirect Approach” is one where an almighty god goes get COURIERS to deliver his message!

    That god appears to the courier with a message in code, and orders them to go deliver it with TREATS & CURSES to people who never did them any wrong!

    That’s the gospel 45 pushes & sells.
    Is it not a sad situation for these miserable evangelists?…

    February 02, 2013
  5. SeasonedBeginner

    If it is to mock Christianity, there is a handy plethora of sound reasons to do so. But that is merely the surface.

    February 02, 2013
  6. seanjutzi

    Great Post!

    February 26, 2013