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the way of the LORD to do judgment and justice; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
15: 6. He believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for right
22: 16. Because thou hast done this thing, and hast not witheld thy son, thine only son, that in blessing, I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed, as the stars of heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea-shore: and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
MAT. 13: 10. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven; but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing, see not; and hearing, they hear not; neither do they understand.
ACTS 10: 34. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth him and worketh righteousness is accepted with him.
save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
¶ 2 COR. 4: 3. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
1 TIM. 1: 12. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to
2 TIM. 1: 7. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God, who hath saved us, and called us with a 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, but is now made man→ ifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
ROM. 10: 1. Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record, that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they, being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
III. Does not interfere with a voluntary reception or rejection of the Gospel, or freedom of the will.
JOHN 6: 35. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the
Son, and believeth on him, may have | for why will ye die, O house of Iseverlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. —44. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God, Every man, therefore, that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. - 64. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
2 THES. 2: 13. God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the spirit, and belief of the truth; whereunto he called you by our Gospel to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 PET. 1: 10. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 TIM. 2: 10. Wherefore I endure all things for the elect's sake; that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
ROм. 10: 13. For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him, in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe on him, of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher ? and how shall they preach, except they be sent?... So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
T 2 PET. 3: 9. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness, but is long-suffering to usward; not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
EZEK. 33: 11. As I live saith the LORD God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live : turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways;
1 TIM. 2: 3. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God, who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
JOHN 3: 14. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.
5: 40. Ye will not come unto me that ye might have life. — 44. How can ye believe, that receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only ?
ISA. 55: 1. Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come ye.. buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear and come unto me: hear and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
JOHN 7: $7. Jesus cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.
MAT. 11: 28. Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
REV. 22: 17. The spirit and the bride say, Come, and let him that heareth say, Come, and let him that is athirst come, and whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.
§ 4. EFFECTUAL CALLING.
ROM. 8: 29. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate, to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first-born among many brethren. 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.
MAT. 4: 18. And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon, called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James, the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him. (Mark 1: 16.)
LUKE 5: 1. And it came to pass, that as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now, when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering, said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing; nevertheless, at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: and so was also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon.
had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
¶ And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not: from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they
MAT. 8: 19. And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus saith unto him; The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me: and let the dead bury their dead. (Luke 9: 57.)
MAT. 9: 9. And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whold need not a physician, but they that are sick, But go ye and learn what that meaneth,
8: 28. All things shall work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose,―31. If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but gave him up for us all; how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died; yea, rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? 38. I am persuaded that neither life, nor death, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, ye may be also.
JOHN 17: 12. Those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled.
ROM. 5: 10. If, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much § 6. SUFFERINGS more, being reconciled, we shall be saved, by his life, -21. That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign, through righteousness, unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord,
14: 1. Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I
10: 27. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish; neither shall any pluck them out of my hands. My Father which gave them me is greater than all, and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hands. I and my Father
HEB. 7:25. He (Christ) is able to save them to the uttermost, that come unto God by him; seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
IN THIS WORLD NOT NECESSARILY RETRIBUTORY.
Ps. 73: 3. I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death; but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness; they have more than heart could wish.-11. And they say, How doth God know? and, Is there knowledge with the Almighty? Behold, these are the ungodly, that prosper in the world; they increase in riches. Verily, I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning....When
I thought to know this, it was too painful for me, until I went into the sanctuary of God: then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places; thou castedst them down into destruction.
37: 7. Fret not thyself, because of him who prospereth in his way; because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. 9. For evil doers shall be cut off.
50: 21. These things hast thou done, and I kept silence. Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself; but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
ECCL. 8: 11. Because sentence
against an evil work is not executed speedily; therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God.
ROM. 9: 22. What if God, willing to show his wrath and make his power known, endured with much long suffering the vessels of wrath, fitted to destruction?
away therefore your confidence which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
T MAT. 13: 28. Wilt thou that we go and gather them (the tares) up? But he said, Nay; lest, while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until harvest. — 37. He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the tares are the children of the wicked one.
THEB. 12: 4. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons: for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
2 COR. 4:16. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 TIM. 3:10. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, charity, patience, persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured; but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
HEB. 10: 32. But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; partly, while ye were made a gazing-stock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, while ye became companions of them that were so used. For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. Cast not
JAMES 1: 2. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations, knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience: but let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
1 PETER 2: 20. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called; because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his