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What We Really Want

19 September 2012 by Neil

Q. 68. Are the elect only effectually called?
A. All the elect, and they only, are effectually called; although others may be, and often are, outwardly called by the ministry of the Word, and have some common operations of the Spirit; who, for their willful neglect and contempt of the grace offered to them, being justly left in their unbelief, do never truly come to Jesus Christ.

There are some who, for a time, walk like the elect and quack like the elect, may be outwardly indistinguishable from the elect, may be passionate leaders and teachers of the elect, yet are not themselves elect.

There are some who are called and who enthusiastically answer in a manner, but are not broken, nor contrite, nor humble.

There are some who do mighty works, but do not tremble at the word of God.

There are some with more fascination than root, and their ephemeral faux-faith withers in the heat.

There are some who sparkle and dazzle and speed down the path with joy, but will not reach the celestial city.

There are some in sheep's clothing who don't even recognize the ravenous wolf in the mirror.

There are some who look a lot like a lot of us.

We want to be effectually called. We want to tremble at your word. We want to be your authentic sheep. We want to be humble. We should be broken. We need to be contrite. But we are fiends. We are rebellious fiends. We are hopeless without the Christ. Only He can wash the insides of our cups and make us whiter than snow.