6620 calling

6620 calling

God’s summoning of individuals and people to himself, so that they will belong to him and serve him in his world. The calling of a believer may involve a specific place, task or vocation in life.

God calls individuals to belong to him and serve him

God calls all people everywhere Ac 17:30 See also Pr 8:4; Isa 45:22; Isa 55:1; Mt 9:13; Mt 11:28-30; Mt 22:9; Jn 7:37; Ac 2:39; Ro 10:18; Ps 19:4

Few respond positively to God’s call Mt 22:14 See also Isa 65:12; Isa 66:4; Jer 7:13; Jer 35:17; Mt 22:2-10 pp Lk 14:16-24

Responding to God’s call results in salvation Heb 9:15; Jude 1 See also Jn 5:25; Jn 10:3; Ro 1:6; Ro 8:28-30; Ro 11:29; 1Co 1:9,24-29; 1Co 7:18-22; Gal 1:6; Eph 4:1; Php 3:14; 2Th 1:11; 2Th 2:14; 1Ti 6:12; Heb 3:1; 1Pe 5:10; 2Pe 1:3,10; Rev 17:14

God calls Christians to live differently

2Ti 1:9; 1Pe 2:9 Living in peace: 1Co 7:15; Col 3:15
Gal 5:13 serving one another Living in hope: Eph 1:18; Eph 4:4; 1Pe 2:20-21; 1Pe 3:9
1Th 4:7

God called particular individuals to do specific tasks at specific times

Abraham: Ge 12:1-3; Isa 51:2; Heb 11:8
Ex 3:4 Moses; 1Sa 3:4-10 Samuel; Isa 6:8 Isaiah Cyrus: Isa 41:2; Isa 45:4 The servant of the Lord: Isa 42:6; Isa 49:1
Jer 1:4-5 Jeremiah; Hos 1:2 Hosea; Am 7:15 Amos Jonah: Jnh 1:1-2; Jnh 3:1-2 The disciples: Mt 4:18-22 pp Mk 1:16-20; Lk 5:2-11; Jn 1:35-42
Ac 13:2 Barnabas and Paul Paul: Ro 1:1; 1Co 1:1; Gal 1:15

God called a people, Israel, to serve him in a special way

Isa 43:1 See also Hos 11:1-2

The believer’s place in life is understood to be a calling

1Co 7:17 See also 1Co 7:20,24

See also

1115God, purpose of
3263Holy Spirit, guidance
5076Abraham, life of
5102Moses, life of
6510salvation
6638election
6705peace, experience
6708predestination
7621disciples, calling
7631Twelve, calling of
7944ministry, qualifications
9610hope

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