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or CALLING, is a gracious act of God in Christ, by which, through his word and Spirit, he calls forth sinful men, who are liable to condemnation and placed under the dominion of sin, from the condition of the animal life, and from the pollutions and corruptions of this world, 2 Timothy 1:9 ; Matthew 11:28 ; 1 Peter 2:9-10 ; Galatians 1:4 ; 2 Peter 2:20 ; Romans 10:13-15 ; 1 Peter 3:19 ; Genesis 6:3 , unto "the fellowship of Jesus Christ," and of his kingdom and its benefits; that, being united unto him as their head, they may derive from him life, sensation, motion, and a plenitude of every spiritual blessing, to the glory of God and their own salvation, 1 Corinthians 1:9 ; Galatians 2:20 ; Ephesians 1:3 ; Ephesians 1:6 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 . The end intended is, that they who have been called answer by faith to God and to Christ who give the call, and that they thus become the covenanted people of God through Christ the Mediator of the new covenant; and, after having become believers and parties to the covenant, that they love, fear, honour, and worship God and Christ, render in all things obedience to the divine precepts "in righteousness and true holiness," and that by this means they "make their calling and election sure," Proverbs 1:24 ; Hebrews 3:7 ; Revelation 3:20 ; Ephesians 2:11-16 ; Titus 3:8 ; Deuteronomy 6:4-5 ; Jeremiah 32:38-39 ; Luke 1:74-75 ; 2 Peter 1:1 ; 2 Peter 1:10 . The glory of God, who is supremely wise, good, merciful, just, and powerful, is so luminously displayed in this communication both of his grace and glory, as deservedly to raise into rapturous admiration the minds of angels and of men, and to employ their loosened tongues in celebrating the praises of Jehovah, Revelation 4:8-11 ; Revelation 5:8-10 . See CALLING .

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Vocation'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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