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How is One Called?

The apostle Paul sees the call of God as the gospel presented by human beings verbally or through the written word of the Bible (2 Thess 2:14-15).

Sharing the gospel

For example, Jesus began His ministry by announcing the coming Kingdom of God, "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel" (Mark 1:15; Matt 3:2; 4:17).

Addressed as "called ones" (Rom 1:6; 8:28; 1 Cor 1:24) or "saints" which means "holy ones" (Rom 1:7; 1 Cor 1:2), both believing Jews and Gentiles form a "royal priesthood," a "holy nation" and a "people of God" (1 Pet 2:9-10) who serve as messengers of divine calling to the world (Matt 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18) mediated through the gospel.

Paul’s use of the "kaleo" word group is with the same meaning as its use in the Old Testament and Jesus of the New Testament. In Paul’s ministry, God calls individuals to be His people but to be of the elect, one must believe in the gospel. In understanding that salvation is the means by which the call of each individual to be holy is fulfilled, Paul emphasizes the vital importance of sharing the gospel.


For deeper study:

What does "call" mean when the apostle Paul uses the term?



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