Many are Called; Few are Chosen. Matthew 22:14

 

Many are Called; Few are Chosen

February 14, 2017

Matthew 22:14 KJV- For many are called (Greek 2822 kletos clay-Tos means invited), but few are chosen (Greek Strong’s 2128 eklektos Ache-Klayk-Tos – elected implying favorite).

  1. What does this Scripture mean?? Matthew 22:14 – Many are called but few are chosen – again, everyone is invited (called-kletos), but God choses (elects – eklektos), and partners in warring with those who desire to be chosen and those who have demonstrated their love for Him by staying in a place of readiness to serve Him, those who are willing to go through the spiritual growth process of being refined and made into His likeness, the likeness of His character, demonstrating that His heart is their/our heart. I offer for your consideration that God choses those He trusts and His trust in us comes after we are trained and tested and proven. Not that He needs it, but so that we know what is in us. God knows what is in us – He made us, but we do not really know what is in us – what is our true character, what we will do in any given situation until we are trained by Him, tested by Him, and proven or established by Him.

In football or even beauty pageants, everyone is invited to participate, some may even be on the field or on the stage, but only the chosen actually play/are are crowned.

While coming into the Kingdom of God is NOT a competition, everyone is invited to come, some will:
 
?-Choose not to come – believe it or not, everyone does not want to go to heaven (Romans 1:27- 32) .
 
Some have heard the Word, they have even heard God, and they still choose not to join the God of the Angel Armies, and His Angelic beings.
 
Romans1:27-32And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
 
Choose to come, but not all the way – neither hot or cold, but lukewarm
(Revelation 3:16 – So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth). – .
 
Choose to come but come vainly; depart from me, I never knew you.
(Luke 13:26-28Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. 28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

Many Christians are running around doing Church work, but not the work of the Church, the Ekklesia – the eklectos or chosen ones.

Let’s talk about the Ekklesia for a moment. The Ekklesia is an assembly, or an assembly of Christian Believers, followers of Jesus Christ, who look for, hope for, eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, who observe their own spiritual doctrine, hold their own spiritual gatherings, and manage their own affairs, according to the Word of God, for the Body for order’s sake. We are those who anywhere, in a city, village, constitute such a company and are united into one body, that is, the whole body of Christians scattered throughout the earth. We are the assembly of faithful Christians already dead and received into heaven;

So we are an assembly, on earth or in heaven, of the called out ones of God who gather to obey and worship Him, nor the work of the Kingdom which is to move as God’s sons (John 1:12, Romans 8:19-22).
 
What is the Work of the Church- Matthew 28:19-20. Go ye therefore… what is the work of the Kingdom to move as sons of God doing the greater works of which Jesus spoke in

John 5:20 – For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works (Greek 2041 ergon – effort, toil, occupation) than these, that ye may marvel.

John 14:12 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works (Greek 3187 meizon; 3137 megas = exceedingly more work ergon) than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

What kind of greater or exceedingly more work could we possibly do? Continue the work of Jesus the Christ –
 
Mark 16:15-20 – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.,

But few will be chosen eklektos – selected as in favored by God. We always say, “I trust God, I trust God”, but the real point to make is, “Does God trust you?” His chosen, His elect are those who are sold out to Him whole-heartedly. Not sometimes, not when we feel like it, but in every life issue, every time. Chosen to do what? Rule and reign with Jesus when we are caught up to meet Him in the air.

Jesus tells us that everyone who says “Lord, Lord”. Will not enter the Kingdom of God.

(Matthew 5:20, Matt 7:21, Matt 23:13).

So, the conclusion of the matter is, in Jesus Name and by His authority (Exousia – power) we need to be about our Father’s business (Luke 2:49 – And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business) continuing to do the greater works (megas – City-taking power – The controlling influence upon a certain place, region, city or territory of operation) of Jesus.

 

  1. Will every saved person go to heaven? The short answer is yes, but will we get to stay?

Matthew 10:34-40 – Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. 37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and e that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. 40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

Romans 14:11-12 – For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

1 Corinthians 3:13 – Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

  1. Will every saved person rule and reign with Jesus the Christ when He returns? What does “rule and reign” mean?

ELDER DENISE J. ANDERSON

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