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Easton's Bible Dictionary

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Additional Resources
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• Easton's Bible Dictionary
Effectual call
Greek - call to mind, call to remembrance
Greek - call together
Greek - call for, called
Greek - call in
Greek - call in question
Greek - call, call on, call upon, called, calling, calls
Greek - call
Greek - call, call for, called, calling, calls
Greek - call, called, calling, calls, so-called
Greek - calling, call
Greek - call common
Greek - call in question
Greek - call
Greek - call, called, calling, calls, so-called
Greek - call blessed
Greek - call, call for, call hither, call to one's self, called
Greek - call for
Greek - call, so-called
Greek - call
Greek - call
Greek - call, call to, call unto, called
Greek - call, call for, call to, call unto, called, calling
Greek - call together, called together, calls together
Greek - call attention
Greek - call, called
Hebrew - call for help
Hebrew - call, called, calling, calls
Hebrew - call, recall, recalls
Hebrew - call their to account, calls me to account
Hebrew - call, called
Hebrew - call together, called, called the together
Hebrew - called, call, called and together, called together
Hebrew - call him blessed, call the blessed, call you blessed, called blessed, called her blessed, called me blessed
Hebrew - call to mind
Hebrew - call, called, specifically say

  • To cry for help, hence to pray (Genesis 4:26). Thus men are said to "call upon the name of the Lord" (Acts 2:21; 7:59; 9:14; Romans 10:12; 1 Corinthians 1:2).

  • God calls with respect to men when he designates them to some special office (Exodus 31:2; Isaiah 22:20; Acts 13:2), and when he invites them to accept his offered grace (Matthew 9:13; 11:28; 22:4).

    In the message of the gospel his call is addressed to all men, to Jews and Gentiles alike (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Romans 9:24,25). But this universal call is not inseparably connected with salvation, although it leaves all to whom it comes inexcusable if they reject it (John 3:14-19; Matthew 22:14).

    An effectual call is something more than the outward message of the Word of God to men. It is internal, and is the result of the enlightening and sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit (John 16:14; Acts 26:: 18; John 6:44), effectually drawing men to Christ, and disposing and enabling them to receive the truth (John 6:45; Acts 16:14; Ephesians 1:17).

  • Copyright Statement
    These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for 'Call'". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".
    <>. 1897.

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