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 Romans 9:25 ). 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 ).
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Call". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".