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Rom 1:1c Called to be an Apostle,
It is true that the word kletos= called, has the meaning invited in the Gospels, See Mat 22:16. But in the epistles the word is always used in a much stronger way. It has the idea of being much more effectual than an invitation. Those who have been called in the epistles are believers, who were chosen before they were called. In other words when God calls, He is like a master marksman, He always hits the bulls eye and never makes a mistake.
The word kletos is used four times in Romans, and is always used in this way. In this first place, Paul was a called Apostle, in other words he was an Apostle because he was called to be one.
In the next place in which he uses this word, he refers to believers in Rome as the called,
Rom 1:6 KJV, Among whom are you also the called of Jesus Christ. An effectual call is in view here, more than an invitation.
In the next verse, he refers to them as called saints [holy, set apart ones.] verse 7. Being set apart by the calling, again shows us the effectual nature of the calling.
The final place where this word is used is in Rom 8:28.KJV.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
Here we see again, the effectual nature of the calling, in that the call causes all things to work together for good, in accordance with the purpose connected with the calling.
We should find comfort and assurance in this, that God didn’t call us just by some invitation, but effectually and powerfully!
- This reply was modified 7 years ago by PastorPoad.