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Joined: 2005/8/8
Posts: 74
Florida, U.S.A.


For the gifts and calling of God are
without repentance. Romans 11:29 (KJV)

I would like to get a response from some of you who are more learned then i am, specifically,
"The calling" of God is "without repentance"?
I've heard some say if you haven't or don't answer your "calling" that God has placed on your life then you will surely go to hell because that "calling is without repentance"?

Thank You,



 2005/8/14 6:19Profile

Joined: 2005/7/11
Posts: 1132

 Re: The calling of God is without repentance . . .

Let's read the chapter in context.

Paul is speaking to the Roman church about the Jews

25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

The hearts of Israel (Jews) have been blinded until the fullness of the Gentiles come in.

26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Israel will be saved...after the Gentiles come in. God is not done with them yet.

28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

They are enemies of the gospel at the present time. BUT, they are God's elect they have an election because of their forefathers. God will not destroy Israel because of the promises he made to Abraham, Issac, Jacob, etc.

The gifts and calling of God are without repentance. In other words, will continue his calling of the Jews and one day they will come back to the Father. Without repentance in this case means, God will not revoke his calling.

 2005/8/14 7:20Profile

Joined: 2005/8/8
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Florida, U.S.A.

 Re: The calling of God is without repenetance / Gas Prices ?

For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Romans 11:29 (KJV)

Gas Prices ?

I'm amazed that 19 people responded to a post on gas prices but yet with all my heart i post something much more serious at least to me in that if i didn't answer the call of God on my life would i go to hell or not. God called me over 27 years ago and i grieve over this portion of scripture a great deal. Please don't mis-understand me, or be upset with me or affended. I really do need alot of feedback on this if at all possible brothers and sisters. I really am scared in my heart and i'm pleading with my family on here for answer's. Please don't make me out to be a bad guy, i'm not, far from it.

Brother Jay ?

I do think you for your response but after reading it 3 different times, it seems what your saying is just genaralized and way out there and not more direct to me in my delima. Again i don't mean to affend you or anyone else here. I love you all as the body of Christ or i wouldn't be posting this serious thread for help. Please no one take affense or just view this thread but rather help me on this. I'm really wanting to know, i guess the Greek for "calling " and the Greek for "repentance" in this portion of scripture. For those of you who regualry post and respond on here, might you prayfully respond to me. I need in-put on this very much so. I'm grieved over this more then anyone can imagine. Would i end up in hell, born again or not due to not answering the call of God on my life, because it's without "repentance"?




 2005/8/16 0:08Profile

Joined: 2005/1/11
Posts: 234
United Kingdom

 Re: Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is calling

Hi K,

You have a legitimate question, but your choice of verse does not relate to it. I have one for you. How do you know that you have been born again?

I am a little puzzled as to where you got this idea from. I remember my daughter telling me about a fellowship she went to, and it was all about this calling on your life, stuff.

The only calling that I know of is the one that comes from a song that Dwight L. Moody said on his deathbed he wished he had written, and it went like this:

'Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling to you and to me, calling lost sinner come home.' That would be the only calling to respond to. In hebrew the word repent, means to make a 180 degree turn around and walk straight into the arms of your Lord.

So often the mistake is made to take a very powerful verse out of the context and build an idea upon it, in the end people just get really confused. The verse has a historical setting that relates to the point of the chapter.

Have you ever done a little course in Bible Hermaneutics? I can recommend a book that Dr. Rober Morey wrote...let me search for the link.

I am sad for you that you have suffered so long, this happened to me to. Until, I was wise enough to learn a bit of grammar and a simple course in hermaneutics, if you cannot afford it, I am sure one of our precious brothers and sisters here will help you.

Do not fret. You will see Jesus will lift you out of this confusion. Amen?

In Jesus,

Eric John Sawyer

 2005/8/16 1:45Profile

Joined: 2005/6/18
Posts: 17


Brother Kadmiel,
When confusion arises about a certain verse, it is best to do a little research on the subject.
I took a look at the verse you gave us and did a word study with my KJV+Strongs numbers Bible and looked up the meaning of the original Greek words. I pray that this can be of some help, and that it will help bring you comfort.

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

The words I looked at were "calling" and "without repentance". The word "calling" doesn't really refer to a ministry God has chosen for you (eg: "My calling from God is to be a missionary"). No, the word here where it says "calling" is from the Greek word "klēsis" which means an "invitation".
The next one "without repentance" is from the Greek word "ametamelētos" which means "irrevokable", meaning it can not, or will not be taken back. This verse should be read in the following manner.

"For the gifts and calling (or invitation) of God are irrevokable (not to be taken away)"

God's word must be read in context. This was refering to the Jews and God's plan of salvation for them. Here is what these verses say in a more understandable translation of the Bible.

Rom 11:28 Now in response to the [proclamation of the] good news [about Christ], the Jews became [God’s] enemies for the sake of you [Gentiles]. But concerning [God’s] select people, these Jews became [God’s] dearly loved ones for the sake of their forefathers [i.e, who believed God’s promises regarding their descendants].
Rom 11:29 For God does not change His mind about the gifts He gives and the people He calls [to Him].
Rom 11:30 For you Gentiles were disobedient to God in the past, but now you have obtained [God’s] mercy by means of the disobedience of the Jews.
Rom 11:31 So, now these [same] Jews have also been disobedient [to God], so that they may also now obtain [God’s] mercy by means of the mercy [He has] shown to you [Gentiles].
Rom 11:32 For God has made all people prisoners of a disobedient life, so that He could show mercy to everyone. (AUV-NT)

These passages speak of life and God's abounding grace and mercy. They do not speak of death and hell. God's word should bring us hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, by who's blood we are SAVED FROM DEATH AND HELL! "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."(John 3:16,17) Those are the words of Jesus Christ Himself. It seems to me that the fear you've been having concerning the verse of scripture that you initially mentioned, is from the devil (2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.) and you need to reject it.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

If you resist the devil, he has to leave, because God's word says so. Dearly beloved brother in Christ, I understand that your heart is grieved, as I have had similar circumstances where Satan has tried to steal my victory in Jesus, by trying to destroy my faith and hope in Christ. Do not let go of your faith, "hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." Revelation 3:11(KJV)

1Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1Peter 5:9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

I pray, and I ask those who read this post to pray as well, that God will give you peace and bring comfort to your troubled heart. I pray that God would give you guidence and wisdom in His word, and that He will clear up any and all confusion that you are dealing with. I pray also that God will give you the strength through Christ to resist the devil and all of his lies. And that you will hold fast that hope which you have in Christ Jesus. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

On a final note, the only way that not answering the call of God will send you to hell, is if God has invited you to salvation through Jesus Christ, and you do not answer that invitation. If you have not given answer to God's invitation and would like to, please feel free to write me and talk to me further. However, if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, and you are feeling convicted about not serving God in a certain area that you feel He has called you to serve, I suggest that you find some place alone and seriously seek God in prayer. If this is truely the case, the only way to get rid of that conviction is to do what God wants you to do.
I hope I have helped you in regards to your question. Peace be unto you from God the father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Always in Him ~Shaun.


 2005/8/16 2:50Profile

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United Kingdom


Hi again Kadmiel,

I have found what might be a useful site to you in the future. As I mentioned there is always a danger when a particular passage is taken out of the Bible and considered in isolation. Ultimately, that leads to a lot of confusion.

Your intitial question, again:-

'I've heard some say if you haven't or don't answer your "calling" that God has placed on your life then you will surely go to hell because that "calling is without repentance"?' ~ your question.

As I mentioned in my first comment, that I am a little worried who you got this idea from, for the text does seem to have nothing to do with your question. As I was rushing off to take my son to school, I did not really attend to your question very well, so this will by my second I will answer what your heart is saying? :-P

This calling is divided into two basic thoughts:

1. The one where Jesus commands all people everywhere to repent. That is when you first begin to follow Him.

2. The second is like the one the prophet Balaam got. He was disobediant to God, and we read that a donkey rebuked the madness/sin of the prophet. Similarly, Jonah, was told to do something, or in other words God called to him to fulfill a particularly imporant request...and well we all know what happened to Jonah.

So if you have done the first and are doing the second, the worst that can happen is that Jesus our Shepard will bring you back as He does with each one of us. [write out 1 John 1 v 9]

If you have yet not done the first, the second does not apply.

So, now to the link for some good study materials to help you arrive at a better understanding of the Good Book.
Bible Hermaneutics

Should you still be confused, please feel free to write me at [email protected]

Aeryck by Jesus Christ.

Eric John Sawyer

 2005/8/16 3:42Profile

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Reading, UK


[url=]Bible Hermaneutics[/url] is an interesting site. Thanks, I look forward to browsing this.

Ron Bailey

 2005/8/16 5:32Profile

Joined: 2004/9/28
Posts: 957
Cleveland, Georgia


This is just a shot, but the way I heard Leonard Ravenhill talk about it, it means that a man that is called to preach, and has spiritual gifts, may never come to repentance, and miserably ruin himself while still retaining his calling (ministry) and gifts.

In other words he may fulfill the position, and use the talents God gives him, but still never turn his back from his sin. So the gifts and calling are outside the responsiblity we all have to repent.

Brother Len discusses the verse in The Leonard Ravenhill video, A Man of God, on this site. Great video!

Hal Bachman

 2005/8/16 5:43Profile


Hi Kadmiel,

Do you have the "e-sword" free Bible program ?

It's at

It takes a long time to download the 50,000,000 (ha) books that you can stick into it, but it's well worth your wild. Especially the Commentaries and Dictionaries and at least a few Bible versions, especially the one called KJV+

In less than 4 minutes, I got all of these Commentaries on your verses. It's puts them straight into your study notes section in a flash.

[u]Be of Good Cheer Brother ~ it ain't over yet :-) ![/u] ...

[b]Albert Barnes Notes ~[/b]
Rom 11:29 -
For the gifts - The favors or benefits which God bestows on men. The word χάρισμα charisma properly denotes any benefit which is conferred on another as a mere matter of favor, and not of reward; see Rom_5:15-16; Rom_6:23. Such are all the favors which God bestows on sinners including pardon, peace, joy, sanctification, and eternal life.
And calling of God - The word “calling” κλῆσις klēsis here denotes that act of God by which he extends an invitation to people to come and partake of his favors, whether it be by a personal revelation as to the patriarchs, or by the promises of the gospel, or by the influences of his Spirit. All such invitations or callings imply a pledge that he will bestow the favor, and will not repent, or turn from it. God never draws or invites sinners to himself without being willing to bestow pardon and eternal life. The word “calling” here, therefore, has not respect to external privileges, but to that choosing of a sinner, and influencing him to come to God, which is connected with eternal life.
Without repentance - This does not refer to man, but to God. It does not mean that God confers his favors on man without his exercising repentance, but that God does not repent, or change, in his purposes of bestowing his gifts on man. What he promises he will fulfil; what he purposes to do, he will not change from or repent of. As he made promises to the fathers, he will not repent of them, and will not depart from them; they shall all be fulfilled; and thus it was certain that the ancient people of God, though many of them had become rebellious, and had been cast off, should not be forgotten and abandoned. This is a general proposition respecting God, and one repeatedly made of him in the Scriptures; see Num_23:19, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he not said, and shall he not do it? hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Eze_24:14; 1Sa_15:29; Psa_89:35-36; Tit_1:2; Heb_6:18; Jam_1:17. It follows from this,
(1) That all the promises made to the people of God shall be fulfilled.
(2) that his people need not be discouraged or desponding, in times of persecution and trial.
(3) that none who become his true friends will be forsaken, or cast off. God does not bestow the gift of repentance and faith, of pardon and peace, on people, for a temporary purpose; nor does he capriciously withdraw them, and leave the soul to ruin. When he renews a soul, it is with reference to his own glory; and to withdraw those favors, and leave such a soul once renewed to go down to hell, would be as much a violation of all the principles of his nature as it would be to all the promises of the Scripture.
(4) for God to forsake such a soul, and leave it to ruin, would imply that he did repent. It would suppose a change of purpose and of feeling. It would be the character of a capricious being, with no settled plan or principles of action; no confidence could be reposed in him, and his government would be unworthy the affections and trust of his intelligent creation.

[b]Adam Clarke's Commentary ~[/b]
Rom 11:29 -
For the gifts and calling of God, etc. - The gifts which God has bestowed upon them, and the calling - the invitation, with which he has favored them he will never revoke. In reference to this point there is no change of mind in him; and therefore the possibility and certainty of their restoration to their original privileges, of being the people of God, of enjoying every spiritual blessing with the fullness of the Gentiles, may be both reasonably and safely inferred.
Repentance, when applied to God, signifies simply change of purpose relative to some declarations made subject to certain conditions. See this fully explained and illustrated by himself, Jer_18:7-9.

[b]Jamieson, Fausett and Brown ~[/b]
Rom 11:29 - For the gifts and calling--"and the calling"

of God are without repentance--"not to be," or "cannot be repented of." By the "calling of God," in this case, is meant that sovereign act by which God, in the exercise of His free choice, "called" Abraham to be the father of a peculiar people; while "the gifts of God" here denote the articles of the covenant which God made with Abraham, and which constituted the real distinction between his and all other families of the earth. Both these, says the apostle, are irrevocable; and as the point for which he refers to this at all is the final destiny of the Israelitish nation, it is clear that the perpetuity through all time of the Abrahamic covenant is the thing here affirmed. And lest any should say that though Israel, as a nation, has no destiny at all under the Gospel, but as a people disappeared from the stage when the middle wall of partition was broken down, yet the Abrahamic covenant still endures in the spiritual seed of Abraham, made up of Jews and Gentiles in one undistinguished mass of redeemed men under the Gospel--the apostle, as if to preclude that supposition, expressly states that the very Israel who, as concerning the Gospel, are regarded as "enemies for the Gentiles' sakes," are "beloved for the fathers' sakes"; and it is in proof of this that he adds, "For the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance." But in what sense are the now unbelieving and excluded children of Israel "beloved for the fathers' sakes?" Not merely from ancestral recollections, as one looks with fond interest on the child of a dear friend for that friend's sake [DR. ARNOLD]--a beautiful thought, and not foreign to Scripture, in this very matter (see 2Ch_20:7; Isa_41:8) --but it is from ancestral connections and obligations, or their lineal descent from and oneness in covenant with the fathers with whom God originally established it. In other words, the natural Israel--not "the remnant of them according to the election of grace," but THE NATION, sprung from Abraham according to the flesh--are still an elect people, and as such, "beloved." The very same love which chose the fathers, and rested on the fathers as a parent stem of the nation, still rests on their descendants at large, and will yet recover them from unbelief, and reinstate them in the family of God.

[b]Matthew Henry ~[/b]
Rom 11:22-32 -
Of all judgments, spiritual judgments are the sorest; of these the apostle is here speaking. The restoration of the Jews is, in the course of things, far less improbable than the call of the Gentiles to be the children of Abraham; and though others now possess these privileges, it will not hinder their being admitted again. By rejecting the gospel, and by their indignation at its being preached to the Gentiles, the Jews were become enemies to God; yet they are still to be favoured for the sake of their pious fathers. Though at present they are enemies to the gospel, for their hatred to the Gentiles; yet, when God's time is come, that will no longer exist, and God's love to their fathers will be remembered. True grace seeks not to confine God's favour. Those who find mercy themselves, should endeavour that through their mercy others also may obtain mercy. Not that the Jews will be restored to have their priesthood, and temple, and ceremonies again; an end is put to all these; but they are to be brought to believe in Christ, the true Messaih whom they crucified, and become one sheep-fold with the Gentiles, under Christ the Great Shepherd. The captivities of Israel, their dispersion, and their being shut out from the church, are emblems of the believer's corrections for doing wrong; and the continued care of the Lord towards that people, and the final mercy and blessed restoration intended for them, show the patience and love of God.

[b]John Gill's Exposition ~[/b]
are without repentance; that is, they are immutable and unalterable; God never revokes them, or calls them in again, or takes them away from the persons to whom he has made such a previous donation: the reasons are, because that his love from whence they spring is always the same; it admits of no distinction, nor of any degrees, nor of any alteration; and electing grace, according to which these gifts are bestowed, stands sure and immovable; not upon the foot of works, but of the sovereign will of God, and always has its sure and certain effect; and the covenant of grace, in which they are secured, remains firm and inviolable; and indeed, these gifts are no other than the promises of it, which are all yea and amen in Christ, and the blessings of it, which are the sure mercies of David. Whatever God purposes, or promises to give, or really does give to his people, whether into the hands of Christ for them, or into their own, he never repents of or reverses. Agreeably to these words of the apostle, the Jews say (g).

[b]Vincent's Word Studies ~[/b]
Rom 11:29 -
Without repentance (ametamelēta). See note on 2Co_7:10 for this word (a privative and metamelomai, to be sorry afterwards). It is not ametanoēton (Rom_2:5) from a privative and metanoeō, to change one’s mind. God is not sorry for his gifts to and calling of the Jews (Rom_9:4.).

[b]Wesley ~[/b]
Rom 11:29 - For the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance - God does not repent of his gifts to the Jews, or his calling of the gentiles.

 2005/8/16 7:14

 Re: Is God inviting you to serve Him in a new way?

Dear brother Kadmiel,

It is on my heart to say this to you, that often when God calls a person, the [i]time[/i] is not right for the unfolding of their full obedience. Immediately, what is needed is preparation time, and for the person's heart to be looking to the Lord for the fulfilment of what He has put there. Often in our lives under the New Covenant, 'things' do not work out as cleanly and simply as they appeared to - say, in the story of Jonah - when [i]he[/i] knew his immediate obedience was required.

But, when you look into the story, you find in chapter 2, a picture flashing before you in the written word, which is as true to life now, as it was for him - we all have to forsake our idols - some of us [i]after[/i] we first come to the Lord.

6 [b]I went down to the moorings of the mountains;

The earth with its bars closed behind me forever;

Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD, my God.

7 "When my soul fainted within me,

I remembered the LORD;

And my prayer went up to You,

Into Your holy temple.

8 "Those who regard worthless idols

Forsake their own Mercy.

9 But I will sacrifice to You

With the voice of thanksgiving;

I will pay what I have vowed.

Salvation is of the LORD."[/b]

I am trying to tell you, there is [i]still time[/i] to fulfil completely, God's will in your life, (if the previous posts have not completely satisfied your heart's need for answers). Many of us make mistakes. The fact of being disobedient once, does not mean you cannot be obedient from now on.

In my experience, God is able completely to forgive and also to weave our mistakes with the other parts of our lives, to bring good to us and others. We are all learning how to complete the course He has set us to run for Him.

Here is another little parable which has kept my heart encouraged towards the grace of God. He is not looking as much for [i]performance[/i] (although He is, paradoxically) as He is looking for hearts which will turn towards obedience, from disobedience. Does that make sense?

Matthew 21
28 " But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, 'Son, go, work today in my vineyard.'
29 "He answered and said, 'I will not,' but afterward he regretted it and went.
30 "Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, 'I go, sir,' but he did not go.
31 "Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said to Him, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.
32 "For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; [b]and when you [u]saw[/u] you did not afterward relent and believe him[/b].

So we see how the son who [i]said[/i] all the right things but didn't do them AND did not relent, did not receive the commendation of Jesus.

God is the Great I AM. It is always 'now' with Him. Although you see your life as something which is passing through time, God is always seeing it as NOW. [u]This IS the day of salvation[/u].

 2005/8/16 8:27

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