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< To put it another way, can the "outward general call" have any efficacy without the "internal call"? If the answer is no, to what purpose is the "outward general call" put? >

Here's an analogy. It's probably a bad one but it's all I can think of right now.
If I walk into your Church building next Sunday morning and announce that the red 1995 Volvo has it's lights on, all will hear the announcement. However, only the owner of that automobile will respond. Some may even benefit from the announced information. (At this point, we enter into the debate between common grace and particular grace.) The purpose of the general call is our participation in God's plan because God uses human beings, not cattle. But others may benefit from our actions (common grace).

Upon the elect hearing the call, the offer of grace is so overwhelming that it is not resisted and God's plan is not thwarted. Ezekiel 36:26-27; Romans 8:30; Ephesians 1:7-12; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 2 Timothy 1:8-12

There is plenty of information on this topic on the Reformed Theology board. I've got to go to work. Back later.
Rick, the glampig
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