“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel (ἀφωρισμένος εἰς εὐαγγέλιον) of God which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and designated Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including yourselves who are called to Jesus Christ; To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints (κλητοῖς ἁγίοις): Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 1: 1-7)
“They will put you out of the synagogues (ἀποσυναγώγους ποιήσουσιν ὑμᾶς); but the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them. I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your benefit (συμφέρει ὑμῖν) that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Comforter (ὁ παράκλητος) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” (Jn 16: 2-7)
“Paul, called (κλητὸς) by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, to the church (ἐκκλησία) of God which is at Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints (κλητοῖς ἁγίοις) together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 1: 1-3)
St. Paul himself is “called,” as are the people to whom he writes – not only at Corinth in the first century, - but “in every place” and throughout the ages, and today, wherever we are, who “call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” As “church” or “ekklesia” we are “the ones called forth” (the Greek word “ekklesia” comes from “ekkaleo,” to call forth or call out), to...