CALLED AND CHOSEN PART I.
Today we will be studying a subject that most of the religious and secular world can’t understand. Why? Because they are not “Called.” Only those who receive and accept the call can understand its real meaning and application in their lives.
SCRIPTURE STUDY ON CALLED AND CHOSEN PART I. Today we will be studying a subject that most of the religious and secular world can’t understand. Why? Because they are not “Called.” Only those who receive and accept the call can understand its real meaning and application in their lives. We need to be sober and humbled by the magnitude of the specialness and hope of this calling. It is empowering to change our lives and strengthen us through the days ahead. This is a subject to embrace with all our hearts – to put our arms and minds around with joy and gladness – and at the same time, never let others or the powers of darkness rob us of the hope of our Calling. This is a subject to spend quality, serious time meditating and praying about it until we can make its meaning a core part of our very being and hope. Definitions of Call, Called, Calling, etc: First Covenant: Strong’s #1721 – Qara – To cry out, call aloud, roar; to proclaim, pronounce, preach; to call, summon (to court), to invite, to implore; to call together, to appoint, to praise, to celebrate, to call by name, to be called to be summoned, to call together, to be named, to read aloud, the enunciation of a specific vocal message. Calling upon the name of YAH, to summon His aid, summon for a specific task, a critical need, pray to YAH to reverse a curse. The prophets predicted the Gentiles would call upon YAH and serve Him.
( Zeph 3:9, Isa 65:24, Joel 2:32) and He will answer them. Whosoever calls upon the name of YAH shall be delivered. It is usually addressed to a specific recipient and intended to elicit a specific response. It is used to represent a specific name. The naming of a person may characterize or specify an individual’s primary characteristics. It also means to declare a prophetic message. Strong’s #5749 – ud – A verb meaning to bear witness, to testify, to serve as a witness or testify against someone, albeit falsely or in favor of someone. It can also mean to admonish someone, to warn solemnly, such warnings frequently came from YAH, they were also mediated through His prophets. It can mean to call to witness, to take as a witness, to obtain witnesses. Renewed Covenant: 2564 – kaleo – To call: To call to someone in order that he may come or go somewhere. Particularly with the voice as a shepherd calls his flock. He called them to follow as His disciples. Generally to call in some way, send for, direct to come. To call authoritatively, to call 2 forth, summon, before a judge, figuratively, of YAH calling forth and disposing of things that are not, even as though they were, i.e., calling them into existence. To invite, particularly to a banquet as the Wedding Feast., to call and invite to anything e.g. to call to repentance, To call into the kingdom of YAH means to the duties, privileges, and bliss of the Truth here and hereafter. To call to any station, to appoint, choose. To call, i.e., to name to give a name to any person or thing. Proper name or surname of persons, after the name of someone, a descriptive or appellation of persons. In the sense of, to be regarded, accounted, i.e. to be.
The word and its cognates involve: Invitation Designation Invocation Summons In the First Covenant: a call of YAH to His servants and His people is part of gracious dealing with mankind. A divine call that Abraham, Moses, Bezaleel, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel and other eminent servants of YAH fulfilled the tasks committed to them. The Word refers to Israel when thus called “the people of YAH,”, but prophets complained they refused to listen and stopped their ears so that they should not hear. Prophets had visions of the calling of the Gentiles into the covenant and service of YAH. In the epistles, particularly Paul’s, there is found a more definite meaning of the word as the call of YAH to the blessings of Salvation. It is intimately associated with the eternal purpose of YAH in human redemption. See 1588 – the chosen, the elect – which are those invited to the gospel Feast and are the more select company who had heard and accepted. In the epistles, the called are the chosen. They are those called out of the darkness into His marvelous light. Thus the choosing is included in the calling. With Peter and Paul, the calling is more than an invitation. It is an invitation responded to and accepted. It refers to those who had an effectual call. Strong’s 2821 – klesis – A call, invitation to a banquet. A call, invitation to the Kingdom of YAH and its privileges. We are to consider the circumstances of our call, the factors involved in your 3 call. It is YAH’s invitation to man to accept the benefits of His salvation is what this calling as all about, particularly in the gospels. This calling is a Set-apart calling that comes from YAH, not according to our works, but according to his purpose. We are to make our calling and election sure. Our calling is not obtained without labor and conflict. Strong’s 2822 – kletos – from 2564. To call. Called, invited, welcomed, appointed. To designate those invited to a banquet. The word translated church in #1577 is never used in the original Greek.
The word Eklesia means called out ones. Those called out of the world to be an assembly or congregation of true believers. As we read the definitions of “called” we need to make it very personal. There are now about 7 billion people on the face of the earth. The number of people really called and converted, i.e., actually having His Spirit, only number in the thousands – not millions or billions. Rom 8:9 but you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of Elohim dwells in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Messiah, this one is not His. It is YAH that searches and looks upon the heart. As we will see, He does the calling. It takes a miracle. This is part of the specialness of our calling. We will examine the criteria for His calling and realize we are a select few. This is hard to believe, but the scriptures will again speak for themselves. Jer 17:10 “I, יהוה ,search the heart, I try the kidneys, and give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds. The subject of our calling is divided into 4 parts/points: Part I: Many are called, but few are Chosen: When we studied the Resurrections or different Judgment Periods, we learned that there is a greater harvest of people offered Salvation at a future time. Zep 3:9 “For then I shall turn unto the peoples a clean lip so that they all call on the Name of יהוה ,to serve Him with one language. Rev 20:5 (and the rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended) – this is the corrected order. 4 Eze 37:1 the hand of יהוה was upon me and took me out by the Spirit of יהוה ,and set me down in the midst of the valley. And it was filled with bones. Eze 37:2 And He made me pass among them, all around, and see, there were very many on the Surface of the valley, and see, they were very dry. Eze 37:3 And He said to me, “Son of man, would these bones live?” And I said, “O Master יהוה , You Know.” Eze 37:4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and you shall say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of יהוה Eze 37:5 ‘Thus said the Master יהוה to these bones, “See, I am bringing into you a spirit, and you shall live Eze 37:25 “And they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Yaʽaqob My servant, where your fathers dwelt. And they shall dwell in it, they and their children and their children’s children, forever, and my servant David is their prince forever.
Eze 37:26 “And I shall make a covenant of peace with them – an everlasting covenant it is with them. And I shall place them and increase them, and shall place My set-apart place in their midst, forever. Eze 37:27 “And My Dwelling Place shall be over them. And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be my people. Eze 37:28 “And the gentiles shall know that I, יהוה ,am setting Yisra’ĕl apart, when My set-apart place is in their midst – forever. This is in addition to those who come through the Great Tribulation and those born during the millennium of the Kingdom Reign. It is now that judgment is upon the House of Elohim. 1 Pe 4:17 because it is time for judgment to begin from the House of Elohim. And if firstly from us, what is the end of those who do not obey the Commandments of Elohim? The scripture is plain that it is the righteous, those that keep His commandments, Ps 119:172 that are now being judged and have been called at this time. Many are called, but few are chosen. Mat 20:16 “Thus the last shall be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.” Mat 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.” In this account, the call or the invitation goes out to the Wedding Supper as we have been invited to that same supper as the Bride of 5 Yahshua. The difference is we have accepted that call and been given the understanding to receive it. Mat 22:8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast, indeed, is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Mat 22:9 ‘Therefore go into the street corners, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding feast.’ Mat 22:10 “And those servants went out into the street corners and gathered all whom they found, both wicked and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. Mat 22:11 “And when the sovereign came in to view the guests, he saw there a man who had not put on a wedding garment, Mat 22:12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here not having a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Rev. 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Mat 22:13 “Then the sovereign said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and throw him out into the outer darkness – there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Mat 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.” It is important to note the call has gone out (The true Gospel Message) to millions of people since it was first preached, however, YAH who searches the hearts only selects a few. Only the Father calls people to His Son for Salvation at this time. Very few people are actually humble and surrendered enough to really forsake all they have and be obedient to the truth. Luke 14:33 “So, then, every one of you who does not give up all that he has, is unable to be My disciple. Few find it and few are able to stay on the path until they reach the end of it. Mat 7:14 “Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Rev 17:14 “They shall fight with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them, for He is Master of masters and sovereign of sovereigns. And those with Him are called, and chosen, and trustworthy.” 6 It will be partly because of our faithfulness that we will be chosen to be the bride. Mat 13:10 and the taught ones came and said to Him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” Mat 13:11 And He answering, said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the secrets of the reign of the heavens, but to them it has not been given. Mat 13:12 “For whoever possesses, to him more shall be given, and he shall have over flowingly; but whoever does not possess, even what he possesses shall be taken away from him. Mat 13:13 “Because of this I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Mat 13:14 “And in them the prophecy of Yeshayahu is completely filled, which says, ‘Hearing you shall hear and by no means understand, and seeing you shall see and by no means perceive, Mat 13:15 for the heart of this people has become thickened, and their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their heart, and turn back, and I heal them.’
Mat 13:16 “And blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear, Mat 13:17 for truly I say to you, that many prophets and righteous ones longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. Mat 13:18 “You, then, hear the parable of the sower: Mat 13:19 “When anyone hears the word of the reign, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is that sown by the wayside. Mat 13:20 “And that sown on rocky places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, Mat 13:21 yet he has no root in himself, but is short-lived, and when pressure or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Mat 13:22 “And that sown among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the worry of this age and the deceit of riches choke the word, and it becomes fruitless. Mat 13:23 “And that sown on the good soil is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields – some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 7 These verses are pivotal to understanding why many hear the truth, but do not understand in their hearts (conversion is of the heart.) (Vs 15) In conclusion to my 1st part, it should be obvious that if our Great Creator, the Sovereign of the universe, the Almighty Elohim was trying to call and save everyone at this time, He would be doing so!. He will, however, call and open up the rest of humanities minds and hearts at a yet future time. © Author: Larry Scher – Minister – 5-17-2017