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Confession 10.1. All those whom God hath predestinated
unto life, and those only, He is pleased in His appointed and accepted time
effectually to call,(a) by His Word and Spirit,(b) out of that state of sin
and death, in which they are by nature, to grace and salvation by Jesus
Christ;(c) enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the
things of God,(d) taking away their heart of stone, and giving unto them a
heart of flesh;(e) renewing their wills, and, by His almighty power
determining them to that which is good,(f) and effectually drawing them to
Jesus Christ:(g) yet so, as they come most freely, being made willing by His
(a) Rom. 8:30; Rom. 11:7; Eph. 1:10, 11.
(b) II Thess. 2:13, 14; II Cor. 3:3, 6.
(c) Rom. 8:2; Eph. 2:1, 2, 3, 4, 5; II Tim. 1:9, 10.
(d) Acts 26:18; I Cor. 2:10, 12; Eph. 1:17, 18.
(e) Ezek. 36:26.
(f) Ezek. 11:19; Phil. 2:13; Deut. 30:6; Ezek. 36:27.
(g) Eph. 1:19; John 6:44, 45.
(h) Cant. 1:4; Ps. 110:3; John 6:37; Rom. 6:16, 17, 18.
Confession 10.2. This effectual call is of God's free
and special grace alone, not from anything at all foreseen in man,(i) who is
altogether passive therein, until being quickened and renewed by the Holy
Spirit,(k) he is thereby enabled to answer this call, and to embrace the grace
offered and conveyed in it.(l)
(i) II Tim. 1:9; Tit. 3:4, 5; Eph. 2:4, 5, 8, 9; Rom. 9:11.
(k) I Cor. 2:14; Rom. 8:7; Eph. 2:5.
(l) John 6:37; Ezek. 36:27; John 5:25.
Confession 10.3. Elect infants, dying in infancy, are
regenerated, and saved by Christ through the Spirit,(m) who worketh when, and
where, and how He pleaseth:(n) so also, are all other elect persons who are
uncapable of being outwardly called by the ministry of the Word.(o)
(m) Luke 18:15, 16, and Acts 2:38, 39 and John 3:3, 5 and I John 5:12 &
Rom. 8:9 compared.
(n) John 3:8.
(o) I John 5:12; Acts 4:12.
Confession 10.4. Others, not elected, although they may
be called by the ministry of the Word,(p) and may have some common operations
of the Spirit,(q) yet they never truly come unto Christ, and therefore cannot
be saved:(r) much less can men, not professing the Christian religion, be
saved in any other way whatsoever, be they never so diligent to frame their
lives according to the light of nature, and the law of that religion they do
profess.(s) And to assert and maintain that they may, is very pernicious, and
to be detested.(t)
(p) Matt. 22:14.
(q) Matt. 7:22; Matt. 13:20, 21; Heb. 6:4, 5.
(r) John 6:64, 65, 66; John 8:24.
(s) Acts 4:12; John 14:6; Eph. 2:12; John 4:22; John 17:3.
(t) II John ver. 9, 10, 11; I Cor. 16:22; Gal. 1:6, 7, 8.