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2 Mt 13.


ARTICLE 10

WHY OTHERS WHO ARE CALLED DO COME

Others who are called by the ministry of the gospel do come and are converted. This is not to be ascribed to man. He does not distinguish himself by his free will above others who are furnished with equal or sufficient grace for faith or conversion (as the proud heresy of Pelagius maintains). It is to be ascribed to God.1 He has chosen His own in Christ from eternity and calls them effectually within time. He gives them faith and repentance; He delivers them from the power of darkness and transfers them to the kingdom of His Son.2 All this He does that they may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called them out of darkness into His marvellous light,3 and may boast not of themselves but of the Lord,4 according to the testimony of the apostles in various places.

1 Rom 9:16.

2 Col 1:13; Gal 1:4.

3 1 Pet 2:9.

4 1 Cor 1:31; 2 Cor 10:17; Eph 2:8-9.