This definition can be seen in the Parable of the Wedding Banquet
(Matt 22:1-14) where Jesus uses the Greek verb for call, "kaleō,"
with a meaning of "invite" five times.
People, regardless of qualification, were invited as guests to the wedding banquet of the king's
Those who came had to have the proper wedding garments
Without one, the guest was thrown out "into the outer darkness" where "there will be weeping and
gnashing of teeth."
The parable ends with "many are called, but few are chosen" which indicates that those "called" are not necessarily
"chosen." The invited have the choice to come freely or not as holy people; but, if they come, they must put on the
proper clothing symbolic of faith in Jesus. Those who believe are of the "elect." This becomes literally true
at the end of human history (Rev 19:7-8).