Monday, April 3

Called According to Paul: Summary

This post is a summary of all the posts in the Called According to Paul series. Below you'll find a summary of the way Paul uses the word call or called in regards to God's call, and the things he most often associates with it. An explanation of this series of posts can be found here. You'll find the previous thirteen posts in the series listed under Current Series in the sidebar.

Places where Paul uses called as a word of divine power--as something that brings certain results. I've also included in this list all the times that the word called is used as a metonymy for saved, since the reasoning seems to be that the call, as the word is used in these cases, always brings salvation. Given how many times Paul clearly uses the word called as a word of divine power, one might reasonably conclude that he always (or usually) uses the word like this, and thus this meaning ought to be understood in his other uses as well. The instances on this list, however, are those times where the power in the call is unmistakeable from the language of the context.

Places where Paul uses called as a summons or appointment. I consider these to be a subset of the divine power category, since there is forcefulness in the idea of summons or appointment.

As a summons to apostleship:
As a summons to holiness, Christlikeness, sainthood, etc.

Places where Paul has the call originating in God's choice/purpose/will.

Places where Paul has the call originating in God's love/grace/mercy:

Places where Paul stresses the insignificance or "nothingness" of who/what is called:

Places where Paul stresses the personal/individual nature of the call. Included with this list should also be the instances found above where the call is to apostleship:

There she be. The list isn't infallible, and I haven't checked and double checked, so corrections are welcome.

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