Theology Tidbits: The Called

Hebrews 9:15
 
“And because of this, he is the mediator of a new covenant, in order that, [because] a death has taken place for the redemption of transgressions [committed] during the first covenant, those who are the called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.”  LEB


Who are “the called?”

Jesus said that “many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt 22:14).There is a general call that goes out to the world. A million people may hear the same gospel message on a television broadcast, and every one of them are called to Christ. However, only those who respond to the gospel message in faith, are referred to as  the called. There is a general call, and then there is a call unto salvation, a call that results in salvation.
 
This general call to the world to come to Christ is simply an invitation. However, those who respond in faith are considered called or the called because they belong to The Church, the group that God has called out of this world for Himself, to be His people. He didn’t call any other people group or any other religion. He only called the Church, whom Christ is the Head (Eph 5:23Col 1:18).