Romans 1:6

6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ.

The Romans were new Christians who probably didn’t understand everything their salvation did for them. So Paul explains.

“Called” = An invitation given by God and responded to. Two verses with a parallel usage are:

  • Matthew 22:14For many are called, but few are chosen.

  • Revelation 17:14 — These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Those who trust Christ aren’t saints by their own devices, but due to a calling by God — just as Paul didn’t appoint himself an apostle.

  • Romans 1:1Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle …

  • Romans 1:6 — Romans are … the called of Jesus Christ.

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