Divine Adjectives: Called

Before we get into Divine Adjectives, let us first review how an adjective is defined. According to dictionary.com, an adjective is any member of a class of words that modify nouns and pronouns, primarily by describing a particular quality of the word they are modifying, as wise in a wise grandmother, or perfect in a perfect score, or handsome in He is extremely handsome. Grammarbook defines adjective as a word or set of words that modifies (i.e., describes) a noun or pronoun. Adjectives may come before the word they modify.

Since adjectives may come before the word they modify, let’s look at the title of the post today: Divine Adjectives. Divine serves as an adjective for the word adjective. How does divine describe or modify adjective. Divine conveys that the adjective is relating to or pertaining to attributes or characteristics of God. What are Divine Adjectives? According the The Holy Bible, the Word of God, there are many words that will communicate attributes about God. In our post today, those adjectives communicate information about the people of God i.e. those who have surrendered their lives (will) to follow after Christ Jesus.

Let’s look at Jude for our example of Divine Adjectives. 

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James,
To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

Just in those first four verses of Jude, there are a good number of adjectives even divine adjectives; however, there are a few that I would like to center our attention:

  • called – To help us gain insight into the significance of how the word called evolved in relation to salvation. We must first start in Matthew 22 where we are told “14 For many are called, but few are chosen.” In this parable of the Kingdom of Heaven with a wedding banquet, it is noted that everyone was invited but the man who was in the wedding without the proper clothes signifies that not everyone will be chosen. One must be clothed with Christ to be included in the Kingdom. Galatians 3:26-28 tells us “26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” It is ones faith in Christ that validates that one has been called i.e. chosen/elected.
    Romans 13:14 tells us “Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.” We are told in multiple verses in John 15 that those who truly belong to Christ, i.e. chosen/elected, will bear fruit representative of Christ. Galatians 5:22-23 outlines major attributes of Christ. “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Colossians 3:12 confirms that with

    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. All of those point to the difference between those who respond to the call of God versus those who do not respond to the call of God. Those who respond are those who have been chosen/elected. The chosen or elect represent those whom God called who surrendered their lives/wills to God in exchange for Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. In doing so, they are no longer held accountable for eternal consequences of their sin though they maybe in the here and now. Romans 8:22-39 underscores the evolution of how the called morphed into the chosen or elect.

Which are you the many who have been called or the few who have been chosen? Have you consistently told God no in responding to Jesus as Lord and Savior? Are you the head of your life meaning that you are living your life based on what you think or feel. Of the Divine Adjectives, can it be said of you that you are called?

The two remaining adjectives (loved and kept will be covered in separate posts. I thought I would address all three today, but the depth of it called for me to spend a little more time on called. While that is true, I need to acknowledge that I have not scratched the surface of the depth of election. It is very controversial even in Christendom. I would challenge you to study more about it. In doing so, I am sure you will find more Divine Adjectives. 









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