Does Everyone He Calls Come To Him?

Q. You said in one of your posts that God won’t call those who won’t come, but I know there’s a verse in the bible that says the Holy Spirit will quit coming to you eventually if you don’t respond. So how is that not also calling people who won’t come? Please help me understand this.


A. First let’s make it clear that anyone can call upon the name of the Lord and be saved at any point in their life (Matt. 7:7-8, Romans 10:13).  Paul said God wants everyone to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Tim. 2:3-4).  And Peter said He doesn’t want that any should perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). He’s not going to turn anyone down.

As for God calling us, Romans 8:29-30 says those God foreknew He also predestined.  Those He predestined He also called.  Those He called He also justified, and those He justified He also glorified.   A careful reading of these two verses shows that He only calls those He foreknew and predestined and that He doesn’t lose any along the way.

Put those two thoughts together and it becomes clear that if you decide to give your life to the Lord, He has foreseen this and has already reserved a place for you in His Kingdom.

Now for the Holy Spirit.  At the time we’re saved, the Holy Spirit comes to guide us in our life with the Lord (John 14:16-17) and to serve as a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance (Ephes. 1:13-14).

He comes as a counselor not a commander, so it’s our choice whether to follow His advice or not.  But if we routinely disregard His advice, we’ll lose the ability to hear His voice.  In 1 Thes. 5:19 Paul called this quenching the Spirit.  It won’t cost us our salvation, but it will mean we won’t live the life He intended for us.

Put it all together and you can see that the call God issues before we’re saved and the advice the Holy Spirit gives us afterward are not the same.

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