and live; turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?? <401128>Matthew 11:28 ? ?Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest?; 22:3 ? ?sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the marriage feast: and they would not come?; <411615>Mark 16:15 ? ?Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation?; <431232>John 12:32 ? ?And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself? ? draw, not drag; Revelations 3:20 ? ?Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door; I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.?

(b) The special, efficacious call of the Holy Spirit to the elect.

<421423> Luke 14:23 ? ?Go out into the highways and hedges, and constrain them to come in, that my house may he filled? <450117>Romans 1:17 ? ?to all that are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ?; 3:30 ? ?whom he foreordained, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified?; 11:29 ? ?For the gifts and the calling of God are not repented of?; <460123>1 Corinthians 1:23, 24 ? ?but we preach Christ crucified, unto Jews a stumbling block, and unto Gentiles foolishness; but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God?; 26 ? ?For behold your calling, brethren, that not many wise after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called?; <500314> Philippians 3:14 ? ?I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high [margin ?upward?] calling of God in Christ Jesus?; <490118>Ephesians 1:18 ? ?that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints?; 1Thess. 2:12 ? ?to the end that ye should walk worthily of God, who calleth you into his own kingdom and glory?; 2Thess. 2:14 ? ?whereunto he called you through our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ?; <550109>2 Timothy 1:9 ? ?who 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 times eternal?; <580301>Hebrews 3:1 ? ?holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling?; <610110>2 Peter 1:10 ? ?Wherefore, brethren, give the more diligence to make your calling and election sure.?

Two questions only need special consideration:

A. Is God?s general call sincere?

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