The Call

At the death of YAHSHUA, we were restored to God’s image when we answered to the call to repentance and sanctification.

YAHSHUA once said, Many are called, but few are chosen (Matt. 22:14). Being called does not give us the right to enter heaven, if we do not answer the call to sanctification: self-denial, taking up the cross and following Him.  Without sanctification, the Bible says, we cannot see God. Sanctification is key to glorification. In one of His parables, YAHSHUA said, The wedding is prepared, but those invited were not worthy, so go to the thoroughfares where they leave the city [where the main roads and those from the country end] and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find… for many are called, but few are chosen (Matt.22:9,14). Take for example the parable of the seeds. The Seeds were sown in diverse soils. One fell on the road, another among thorns and the other in good soil. The first, heard the call but the heart was hard and impenetrable. There was no chance for the seed to go through the process of germination and become a bearing fruit tree. The seed that fell among thorns, answered to the call, but did not lose sight of the world. Therefore, suffocated by the cares of the world, it left the way- called, but not chosen. The last one, fell in a soft heart, the heart willing to leave all behind to follow and serve YAHSHUA. Therefore, it grew to be a bearing-fruit tree. We see in this last seed, a symbolic of a true believer who is called and chosen. YAHSHUA said, I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much fruit. However, apart from Me you can do nothing. If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned (John. 15:5-6).

Serious warnings were given the nation of Israel for not having answered to God’s call: The Lord said, And now, because you have done all these things, says the Lord, and [because] when I spoke to you persistently, you did not listen, and when I called you, you did not answer… I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole posterity of Ephraim (Jeremiah 7: 13,15); I will destine you [says the Lord] for the sword and you shall all bow down to the slaughter, because when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen or obey. But you did what was evil in My eyes and you chose that in which I did not delight (Isaiah 65:12) and again, Because I have called and you have refused [to answer], have stretched out my hand and no man has heeded it, and you treated as nothing all my counsel and would accept none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when the thing comes that shall cause you terror and panic (Prov. 1: 24). This person will be left at the mercy of his own rejection of Messiah YAHSHUA. The written Word of God was given to convict us, among other reasons. God speaks to us directly through His Word, through His Holy Spirit, dreams and visions, and through His audible voice, calling us to repent. Consequences- good or bad will follow if we listen or do not listen to the call. The Bible says, It is a fearful thing to incur the divine penalties and be cast into the hands of the living God (Heb. 10:21)!

The apostle Thomas was found doubting the resurrection of the Lord; he, for a moment, slipped into the darkness of his unbelief by disregarding the reality of the Lord’s resurrection; even though knowing the fact, as YAHSHUA so declared: “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” He regarded the Lord as mere man, powerless over death, even in light of YAHSHUA’S power demonstrated over death and diseases, when He brought the dead to life and healed many diseases. Doing so, Thomas positioned himself in a place where spiritual blindness did not allow him to see the truth. “Unless I see in His hands the marks made by the nails and put my finger into the nail prints, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe” (John 20:25b). Unless I see and touch, I will not believe the Lord’s words. That calls for eternal judgment against Thomas, had the Lord not given him one more chance to repent and believe Him. When YAHSHUA showed him the proofs on His hands, feet and side, telling him to touch them, Thomas believed and repented by saying, My Lord and my God!  (John 20). Because you have seen Me, Thomas, the Lord said, do you now believe? Blessed are those who have never seen Me and yet have believed. (vs.29). Thomas missed the blessing of true faith- the substance of our belief.

We have heard God’s calling many times over. But many of us turned off our ears not to hear and know what we should know to turn from our wicked ways. There is only one way we can establish our relationship with God. it is through the sacrificial work of our Lord, and Savior YAHSHUA Messiah. By responding to His call to repentance and surrender to His will, we definitely will be chosen, not only called.

THINK ABOUT IT!

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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