The Four Calls

Text: Ephesians 4:1

A call is an invitation to something — some are optional, some are not. The NT describes at least four of these calls — the first is optional, the other three are not.

The Gospel Call

  • The call from condemnation to salvation
  • We are called by the gospel (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14)
  • It is a universal call (Acts 2:38-39)
  • It is an invitation (Revelation 22:17)
  • Limited time frame — after death we will no longer be able to answer the call (Luke 16:22-23,26); after Jesus’ return, the invitation is closed (Matthew 25:6-13)

The Call of Death

  • The call from life to death
  • Human beings will not live forever here on the earth (1 Corinthians 15:22)
  • The time of this call is uncertain (James 4:14; 2 Peter 3:10)

The Call of the Resurrection

  • The call from death to life
  • The time is coming when all from the graves will come forth (John 5:28-29)
  • The Lord will descend from heaven & all will be raised (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
  • All will be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:22)

The Call to Judgment

  • The call to either eternal life or eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46)
  • This call is for everyone (2 Corinthians 5:10)
  • We will be judged according to what we have done (Revelation 22:12)
  • The righteous will have access to the tree of life (Revelation 22:14)
  • The wicked will be lost (Revelation 20:15; Matthew 8:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:9)

(This outline is based upon another one by A.W. Dicus.)


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