CHAPTER 10: Of Effectual Calling
I love this paragraph of the Confession! I'm not sure how many posts I'll end up writing about it, but it is so packed with glorious Gospel truth. A few months ago, I preached a sermon at New Covenant Presbyterian in Abingdon, MD, on Eph. 2:1-10, entitled "But God . . ." (http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=716151451286). You may find the sermon helpful for today's section of the Confession.
We have seen so far who God calls and how God calls, but today we see what God calls us from and what He calls us to. God calls us . . .
OUT OF that state of sin and death, in which they are by nature
TO grace and salvation
BY Jesus Christ
"He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." - Colossians 1:13-14
By nature, we are born dead in sins and under the threat of God's wrath (Eph. 2:1-3). God calls us out of this state of death and danger into His grace and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:4-9). The Gospel is as simple and glorious as this truth: On our own, we are cut off from God and without hope in the world (Eph 2:12), but God has called us by Christ out of this hopeless state into salvation. Praise HIM!!