14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
14 For God speaketh once,yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night,when deep sleep falleth upon men,in slumberings upon the bed; 16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose,and hide pride from man. 18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
What does or did Jesus mean by \’many are called, but few are chosen\’ ?
Was He trying to tell us that some people have already been condemned; or that some people shouldn\’t waste their time getting saved?
NO! The true meaning behind this verse can be found in Jesus\’ parable of the sower.
11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. ( Luke 8:11-15)
In this parable Jesus talks about four groups of people called by God: people who have had the gospel of salvation preached to them.
The first group of people hear the gospel like everybody else, but their doubts about it, gives the devil a chance to steal the word (the incorruptible seed 1 Peter 1:23) from them;
The second group of people (also called by God), allowed temptations and worldly lusts to corrupt them thus taking them out of the list of those who will be chosen;
The third do the same by chasing the things of this world described in 1 John 2:16, things that lead them back to sin. The people in the third group are the ones Jesus was talking about when He said, \”No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon\” (Matthew 6:24).
The forth group of people (who were also called), didn\’t just hear the word but allowed it to mould their lives; they were obedient to God and their faith pleased Him. These are the people who will be chosen.
In Job, we are also told that God speaks to us in many ways; through dreams, visions and so. He is calling us all (every human being in this world), but only those who hear and do His word as we are told in James 1:22 and Romans 2:13 will be chosen.