“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, chosen and faithful” (Revelation 17:14).
Called: (Gr.): Kletos from Klesis: Invited, an invitation
Chosen: (Gr.): Eklektos from Eklegomai: Select, Elect
Faithful: (Gr.): Pistos from Peitho: Trustworthy, True, Sure, Reliable
In the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John saw in a vision a Beast system which takes power in the earth and makes war with the Lamb. Those called out of the Beast system to align with the Lamb, the Ekklesia (called out), the Church, the Saints, the Elect, overcome the Beast by being called, chosen and faithful to the Lamb who as the Scripture says is “Lord of lords and King of kings”, our Savior.
The Called. There is a calling being made in the earth today. Invitations are being sent into all the earth by the Spirit of God for hearts that are open to hear, see, and say yes in response to the voice of the Lamb. As observed by Paul, the Apostle, “you see your calling, Brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called” (I Corinthians 1:26). It is the humble one who hears the calling of the Lord. It is the contrite one who knows his need for a Savior. It is the “poor in spirit” who are blessed, “for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:3).
The great counterweight to the Beast is the Lamb, and all those called to “follow the Lamb wherever He goes” (cf. Revelation 14:4).
The Chosen. Out of all those who are called, there are those that are Chosen, the eklektos, those selected for service, the Elect. “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14), said Jesus. Furthermore, He said to His disciples, “You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you” (John 15:16).
The Chosen are the ones upon whom the grace of God was bestowed and overtook, those apprehended by the Spirit of God, those constrained by the Spirit who speak as the Apostle spoke: “that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12b). “For the love of Christ constrains us, because we thus judge that if one died for all, then were all dead” (II Corinthians 5:14). “By the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain” (I Corinthians 15:10a).
The Faithful. “Moreover, it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful” (I Corinthians 4:2). The crowning grace of the called and chosen is that they be found faithful, that they remain a true, reliable and trustworthy testimony to the grace of God that works in them, and to Him to whom they belong.
The Book of Revelation was given to John, the Apostle “from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth” (Revelation 1:5a). In the Letter to Laodicea John writes: “These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God” (Revelation 3:14). It is clearly evident from the Scriptures that the True and Faithful One is Christ Jesus, our Lord. We, who are in Christ; we who are with Him, are the called, the chosen, and the faithful as we abide in Him and bear true witness to the Lamb in nature, spirit and Life.
Worthy is the Lamb.
Praise the Lord!
Great message as always Pastor Jim. May God continue to bless you and your anointed ministry.