God has destined some people for salvation by his

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God has destined some people for salvation by His grace and, because of their sin and unbelief, has left others to damnation by His wrath.”18God is just in leaving the non-elect to perish through human responsibility for the actions as mentioned in the free will of man section. The fact that God must elect in order for salvation to occur is explained in the first element of salvation: regeneration.RegenerationThe regeneration of a person simply means that a person has been born again in the Spirit. In the salvation of the lost, regeneration is required before someone can respond to the callof God. Jesus told this very thing to Nicodemus, “unless one is born again he cannotsee the kingdom of God.”19Regeneration must happen first as Robert Picirilli correctly explains, “A manis not regenerated because he has first believed in Christ, but he believes in Christ because he hasbeen regenerated.”20It is because of their depravity that it is impossible for a person to make that decision for themselves so, God sends His Spirit to open the eyes and ears of the non-believer, spiritually speaking, so that they become are able to understand the redemptive message of the 17ESV.18John MacArthur, “Israel’s Unbelief is Consistent with God’s Plan Part 2.” The John MacArthur New Testament Commentary: Romans 9-16,. (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1994) : 37.19John 3:3, ESV.20Robert Picirilli, Grace, Faith, Free Will: Contrasting Views of Salvation,(Nashville: Randall House Publications, 2002): 229.
12Gospel and then be able to respond to the effectual calling of God. Sproul explains the necessity of regeneration like this, “Man does not have saving faith of himself nor by the power of his own free will, since he in the state of apostasy and sin cannot of and through himself think, will or do any good which Is truly good (such as is especially saving faith); but… it is necessary that he be regenerated by God, in Christ, through his Holy Spirit, and renewed in understanding, affections or will, and all powers, in order that he may rightly understand, meditate upon, will, and perform that which is truly good, according to the word of Christ, “Without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5)21The act of regeneration in a person by the Holy Spirit of God occurs usually with little or no notice from the human. The eye opening is so subtle that man can truly believe they came to this understanding on their own. Once regeneration occurs man is able, in his sinfulness, to see the consequences of that sin and recognize the calling of God in salvation. Then, with new understanding respond positively to the call. They have been set free to be brought into the fold. Salvation cannot happen without God’s direct intervention with His elect.Effectual CallingThe term effectual calling can be described as effective calling of God’s elect through Hisgift of irresistible grace.22The effectual call is comprised of two different parts. You have the external call and the internal call. The two callings work together within the elect to bring that 21R.C. Sproul,

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