Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 17

Q & A 30
Q How does the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?
A. The Spirit applies to us the redemption purchased by Christ, by working faith in us,1 and thereby uniting us to Christ in our effectual calling.2

Q & A 31
Q What is effectual calling?
A Effectual calling is the work of God’s Spirit, whereby, convincing us of our sin and misery, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ,3 and renewing our wills,4 he does persuade and enable us to embrace Jesus Christ,5 freely offered to us in the gospel.6

*1 Romans 10:17; 1 Corinthians 2:12-16; Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 1:29.
*2 John 15:5; 1 Corinthians 1:9; Ephesians 3:17.
*3 Acts 26:18; 1 Corinthians 2:10, 12; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Ephesians 1:17-18.
*4 Deuteronomy 30:6; Ezekiel 36:26-27; John 3:5; Titus 3:5.
*5 John 6:44-45;Acts 16:14.
*6 Isaiah 45:22; Matthew 11:28-30; Revelation 22:17.

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