“Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.” 2 Peter 1:10

As the election comes to a close and I left you hanging in last week’s post about ‘calling’, I thought it might be pertinent to gather together the verses that talk of calling and election and allow you to sort them out. I may try to comment on them as a whole, though I find my time to be more and more limited these days. I may soon switch to a once-a-month update, now that I see new content of great interest popping up on the site, thanks to my brethren in ‘rice-revive-pull’, the literal equivalent of the phoneticized ‘Mi-Su-La’. Here are the verses for your perusal:

“Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, to the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours” 1 Corinthians 1:1,2

” to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God…consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.” 1 Corinthians 1:24,26

“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” Romans 11:29

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” Eph 1:16-21

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called…There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call” Ephesians 4:1,4

 “…one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13b,14

“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power” 2 Thessalonians 1:11

“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began” 2 Timothy 1:8,9

“To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ” Jude verse 1, latter half

 “They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” Revelation 17:14

All these verses above use either klētos & klēsis in the Greek (an invitation & invited {saint}, respectively). I can’t help but be reminded of the parable Jesus tells about the king’s wedding feast where invitations were sent out. Those who responded with disdain were razed and those who came were raised, with the exception of an unclothed who was unfortunately roasted for disrobing the Christ he once wore. The 2 Greek words above come from the shorter form of kal-eh’-o, meaning to “call” (for more valuable info on this, see the Strong’s included below), this word being the source of the following verses:

“To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” John 10:3

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

 “we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.”  1 Thessalonians 2:12

 “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24

“For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.” 1 Thessalonians 4:7

“But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits 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.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13,14

 “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12

“how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.” Hebrews 9:14,15

 “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8

“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.'” 1 Peter 1:14-16

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light…when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2:9,20b,21

“Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence” 2 Peter 1:3

“And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” Revelation 19:9

The Strong’s definition for kaleo, along with Thayer’s definition, proves interesting to me:

Thayer Definition:
1) to call
1a) to call aloud, utter in a loud voice
1b) to invite
2) to call, i.e. to name, by name
2a) to give a name to
2a1) to receive the name of, receive as a name
2a2) to give some name to one, call his name
2b) to be called, i.e. to bear a name or title (among men)
2c) to salute one by name
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: Akin to the base of G2753; to “call” (properly aloud, but used in a variety of applications, directly or otherwise): – bid, call (forth), (whose, whose sur-) name (was [called]).

It amazes me to read how Jesus called forth Lazarus from the tomb and put it into perspective with the way God calls us, even by commandment, as the root suggests:

Thayer Definition:
1) to command, to order
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: From a primary word κέλλω kellō (to urge on); “hail”; to incite by word, that is, order: – bid, (at, give) command (-ment).

Finally, not necessarily meaning to keep the best for last, though the process of research sifted it out and set it aside for us to look at. In the verse below from James, talking about the rich folk oppressing the brethren, dragging saints into court and lastly, blaspheming “the honorable name by which you were called”:

“Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?” James 2:6b,7

It begs the question of which name we are called. Take a peek at the Greek:

Thayer Definition:
1) to put a name upon, to surname
1a) to permit one’s self to be surnamed
2) to be named after someone
3) to call something to one
3a) to cry out upon or against one
3b) to charge something to one as a crime or reproach
3c) to summon one on any charge, prosecute one for a crime
3d) to blame one for, accuse one of
4) to invoke
4a) to call upon for one’s self, in one’s behalf
4a1) any one as a helper
4a2) as my witness
4a3) as my judge
4a4) to appeal unto
5) to call upon by pronouncing the name of Jehovah
5a) an expression finding its explanation in the fact that prayers addressed to God ordinarily began with an invocation of the divine name

I find the surname aspect to of greatest interest, especially when put together with some Old Testament prophecies and their New Testament fulfillments.

Isa 60:14  The sons of those who afflicted you shall come bending low to you, and all who despised you shall bow down at your feet; they shall call you the City of the LORD, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Isa 62:2  The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give.

Isa 65:15  You shall leave your name to my chosen for a curse, and the Lord GOD will put you to death, but his servants he will call by another name.

“…And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians.” Acts 11:26

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named” Ephesians 3:15

Stay tuned for at least on more weekly post & beyond that whatever the Lord wills. He provides, so may it be for encouragement on my part.


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