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By Richard Duke
Matthew 13 shows that in congregations two groups exist: (i) those not in the Kingdom—called but not chosen (not saints); and (ii) those in the Kingdom—called and chosen (saints). The ecclesia (body) are called out of the world. The saints are the ecclesia who are not only called out of the world [to be sanctified] but also going through sanctification. We are chosen for sanctification. See: 1 Peter 1:1-2; 2 Thessalonians 2:13.
But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. 2 Thessalonians 2:13.
1 Peter 1:1-2
who are chosen 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.
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Most of the chapters, not written to Timothy and others, in the New Testament, are written only to the chosen (elect)—those going thru sanctification. The others are Unbelievers (not nonbelievers). They believed and now they have gone back to the law—Galatians 3:1-10. [Isa Bajalia and I discussed this on audio]:
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7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The ecclesia are called out of the world (body of Christ), but the saints are both called out of the world and going thru sanctification (in the Kingdom). Look at verse 5 of Hebrews 1—obedience (Also Hebrews 5:9). Verse 5, below (many are called but few are chosen–Matthew 22:14):
5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
1 Corinthians 1:2
2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified [being sanctified in Greek] in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s:
2 Corinthians 1:1.
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ [returned to the law] unto another gospel:
4 According as he hath chosen us in Him [many are called but few are chosen] before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
2 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 1:5.
5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good [in the Kingdom] into vessels, but cast the bad [not in the kingdom] away.
49 So shall it be at the end of the world [age]: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
Who are the wicked above–verse 49? Those not in the kingdom. We are either under king satan or King Jesus. Being saved deals with the soul; and the soul is NOT the spirit. The Kingdom of God–Christ in you, the hope of glory, Colossians 1:26-27) is the spiritual.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
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.