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November 10, 2012

The External and Internal Call

by Wilhelmus a Brakel

Wilhelmus a Brakel was born on January 2, 1635 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.  After a fruitful ministry of forty-nine years, it pleased the Lord to take him home to Himself in 1711 at the age of seventy-six to receive the reward of a faithful servant.  He was affectionately referred to by the godly as "Father Brakel."  

It is a distinct honor and privilege to provide this lengthy excerpt from his four-volume, systematic theology entitled "The Christian's Reasonable  Service." You will be richly blessed in reading this excellent, Bible-based article that provides amazing clarity to the doctrine of divine election (click on title to read). Getting the Gospel right should be our top priority.

Common grace (external or general call) is sufficient to reveal God and therefore to condemn the unsaved, but efficacious grace (internal call or election) is necessary for salvation. Our awesome God never goes on a rescue mission that fails. Jesus declared, "For many are called but few are chosen" (Matt. 22:14). Indeed, we are not the captains of our eternal destiny.  It's all about Him!

Dennis Fischer
Web Chaplain

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