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ARTICLE 11

HOW GOD BRINGS ABOUT CONVERSION

God carries out His good pleasure in the elect and works in them true conversion in the following manner. He takes care that the gospel is preached to them, and powerfully enlightens their minds by the Holy Spirit, so that they may rightly understand and discern the things of the Spirit of God.1 By the efficacious working of the same regenerating Spirit He also penetrates into the innermost recesses of man.2 He opens the closed and softens the hard heart,3 circumcises that which was uncircumcised, and instils new qualities into the will.4 He makes the will, which was dead, alive; which was bad, good; which was unwilling, willing; and which was stubborn, obedient.5 He moves and strengthens it so that, like a good tree, it may be able to produce the fruit of good works.6

1 Heb 6:4-5; 1 Cor 2:10-14.

2 Heb 4:12.

3 Acts 16:14.

4 Deut 30:6.

5 Ez 11:19; 36:26.

6 Mt 7:18.