EKKLESIA OF THE BIBLE
The word ekklesia is a Greek compound word. The word 'ek' means out of and 'klesis', which the word klesia derived, means a calling. So it has something to do with the calling out of the people. The Bible talks about people who were being called. I think if we are going to gather all the BCVs from the Bible or at least from the New Testament we will be able to define what really Christs ekklesia is all about. Here are some of the BCVs I gathered from the New Testament.
CALLED ACCORDING TO GOD'S PURPOSE:
2 Tim 1:9) "Who hath saved us, and called us with an
holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and
grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,"
Rom 8:28) "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
CALLING IS THROUGH THE GOSPEL:
(2 Th 2:14) "Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ."
CALLED TO BE IN ONE BODY (with Gods peace):
(Col 3:15) "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."
CALLED TO BE FREE (but with restrictions):
(Gal 5:13) "For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another."
CALLED TO OBEY (by faith):
(Heb 11:8) "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went."
CALLED TO CHANGE LIFE:
(1 Pet 1:15) "But as he which hath called you is
holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;"
(Rom 1:7) "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."(1 Cor 1:2)
(1 Th 4:7) "For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness."
(Eph 4:1) "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,"
CALLED TO CHANGE STATUS:
(1 Cor 1:9) "God is faithful, by whom ye were called
unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord."
(1 Cor 7:24) "Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God."
(1 Pet 2:9) "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:"
CALLED TO FOLLOW JESUS EXAMLE:
(1 Pet 2:21) "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:"
CALLED TO BE REWARDED:
(1 Pet 3:9) "Not rendering evil for evil, or railing
for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called,
that ye should inherit a blessing."
(1 Pet 5:10) "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you."
(2 Pet 1:3) "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:"
(Heb 9:15) "And for this cause he is the mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance."
(1 Th 2:12) "That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory."
CALLED TO FIGHT:
(1 Tim 6:12) "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses."
I hope this help. your brother in Christ, Bot Hayuhay
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