When we look at Romans 8:30 there are two areas we need to attend to. First, we see that the calling of God is exclusive, the calling only applies to those whom God has already predestined. Secondly, the calling of God is effectual, meaning it is purposeful and it always accomplishes its purpose.
The Calling of God is Exclusive: For those whom he predestined he also called.
- Romans 8:30 is extremely clear. God calls those whom he has already predestined. He doesn’t issue a call to everyone hoping that they will answer. He accomplishes what he has predestined to accomplish in and for his people.
- John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” People don’t come to Christ because he made it possible. People come to Christ because God the Father definitely brings them to Christ.
- 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 “But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first-fruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”