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Particular individuals in preference to others. Thus he called Abraham from his father's house, who probably expected no such call, Gen. xji. 1, &c. and who was even an idolater at the time.* Josh. xxiv. 2, 3. they served other gods, and I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood.' So also he called the people of Israel, for his name's sake and for the sake of the promises made to their fathers. Psal. cxlvii. 19, 20. «he sheweth his word unto Jacob ... he hath not dealt so with any nation, and as for his judgements, they have not known them.' Another reason is given Matt. ix. 13. • I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners' xv. 26. it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.' Acts xvi. 6, 7. they were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia ... they assayed to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit suffered them not.' v. 9. 'a vision appeared to Paul in the night.'
Elect. Rom. viii. 28–30. to them that love God, to them who are the called, according to his purpose. 1 Cor. i. 26. 'ye see your calling, brethten ... God hath chosen the foolish things of the world.' 2 Tim. i. 9. with an holy calling, according to his own purpose and grace. Rev. xix. 9. • blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.'
As well as reprobate. Isai. xxviii. 13. the word of Jehovah was unto them precept upon precept.' Ezek. ii. 4, 5. they are impudent children and stiff
* Him on this side Euphrates yet residing,
Bred up in idol-worship. Paradise Lost, XII. 114.
hearted; I do send thee unto them.' See also v. 7. iii. 7, 11, 27. Matt. x. 18. •for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.' xi. 21. woe unto thee, Chorazin!' xxii. 8, 9. 6 they which were bidden were not worthy ... as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.' v. 10. • both bad and good.' xxiii. 37. • how often would I have gathered your children together, and ye would not. Luke vii. 30. “the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves. Acts vii. 51. 7 ye do always resist the Holy Ghost.' xiii. 46. seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life.'
At the time which he thinks proper. Matt. xx. 1, 3, &c. he went out about the third hour.' Acts xiv. 16. who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.' xvii. 27, 30. • the times of this ignorance God winked at ; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.' Eph. iii. 5.
which in other ages was not made known. Rom. xvi. 25. «which was kept secret since the world began.' On the promulgation of the gospel, a new command was given : Matt. xxviii. 19. ‘go ye therefore and teach all nations.' Mark xvi. 15. preach the gospel to every creature. Rom. x. 18. • have they not heard ? yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.' Col. i. 26. the mystery which hath been hid for ages ... but now is made manifest.'
The change which takes place in man by reason of his calling, is that whereby the natural mind and will of man being partially renewed by a divine impulse, are led to seek the knowledge of God, and for the time, at least, undergo an alteration for the better.
Inasmuch as this change is from God, those in whom it takes place are said to have been enlightened, and to be endued with power to will what is good. This is ascribed sometimes to the Father : Eph. i. 17, 18. that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ.... may give unto you the spirit of knowledge.... the eyes of your understanding being enlightened.' 2 Cor. iv. 6. • God hath shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge, James i. 17. every good gift cometh down from the Father of lights.' Luke xi. 13. how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit.' Sometimes to the Son: John i. 9. that was the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. Sometimes to the Holy Spirit: Heb. vi. 4, &c. those who were once enlightened....and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost.
As this change is of the nature of an effect produced on man, and an answer, as it were, to the call of God, it is sometimes spoken of under the metaphor of hearing or hearkening, (this faculty itself, however, being usually described as a gift from God) sometimes under that of tasting. Hearing : Matt. xi. 15. "he that hath ears to hear, let him hear.' Thus Herod is said to have heard' John the Baptist
gladly.' Mark vi. 20. So also Acts xxvi. 28. · Agrippa was willing to hear Paul.' xvi. 14. “whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things spoken of Paul.' Rom. vi. 17. God be thanked that....ye have obeyed from the heart,' &c. (ex corde auscultâstis). Heb. iii. 7. 6to-day if ye will hear his voice.' Tasting : Heb. vi. 4. “it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted
of the heavenly gift....if they shall fall awayEven the weakest of man's efforts is ascribed to the same source. Luke xi. 13. how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him. Philipp. ji. 12, 13. 'work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. This can only imply that he works in us the power of acting freely, of which, since our fall, we were incapable, except by means of a calling and renewal. For the power of volition cannot be wrought in us, without the power of free agency being at the same time imparted; since it is in this power that the will itself consists.
The parts of this change, considered as an effect, are two; repentance, and a corresponding faith Both the one and the other of these feelings may be either the genuine beginnings of conversion, or the mere effect of nature, or, lastly, they may be altogether fictitious; and repentance of this kind, or a transient sorrow for past sin, bears the same relation to solid and lasting repentance, which the faith corresponding to it bears to a saving faith.* I distinguish between the two species of repentance for the sake of
* Ut penilenlia ad resipiscentiam, ita fides hujusmodi se habet ad fidem salvisicain. This is probably an allusion to the distinction made by Lactantius between these two words. "Is enim quem facti sui pænitet, errorem suum pristinum intelligit: ideoque Græci melius et significantius restávoney dicunt, quam nos possimus resipiscentiam dicere; resipiscit enim, ac mentem suam quasi ab insania recipit, quem errati pigit, castigatque seipsum dementiæ, et confirmat animum suum ad rectius vivendum; tum illud maxime cavet, ne rursus in eosdem laqueos inducatur.' Lib. 6. De Vero Cultu, c. 24. Tertullian however in his treatise on Repentance, and the Fathers in general, use the two words indiscriminately.
clearness, although I do not deny that the same word is indiscriminately employed to denote the temporary and the permanent affection ; in like manner as the various kinds of faith are all expressed in Scripture by the same term.
This secondary species of repentance (in Greek Metquédeld) is that whereby a man abstains from sin through fear of punishment, and obeys the call of God merely for the sake of his own salvation.
Through fear of punishment. Jer. vi. 8. be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee, lest I make thee desolate.' Rom. ii. 15. their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing one another.' 2 Cor. vii. 10. • the sorrow of the world worketh death. Mait. xix. 22. he went away sorrowful.' Gen. iv. 13.
my punishment is greater than I can bear.' Numb. xxiji. 10. let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his.'
For the sake of his own salvation. Matt. xix. 16. what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?' Ezek. xviii. 21, 28. “if the wicked will turn.... he shall surely live, he shall not die.' See also xxxiii. 14–16. Hos. vii. 14. 'they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds : they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel against me.' Joel i. 5. because of the new wine, for it is cut off from thy mouth.'
This kind of repentance is common to the regenerate and to the unregeperate. Examples among the unregenerate are Cain, Esau, Pharaoh, Saul, Ahab, Judas, and many others, in whom contrition, and confession of sins, and other marks of repentance, are