What does the Bible mean by "many are called but few are chosen?"

The word chosen means one who has met all the requirements. I Peter 2:9 says, "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." Below are the study notes under this passage:

      Chosen, eklektos: Compare "eclectic." From ek, "out of," and lego, "to pick, gather." The word designates one picked out from among the larger group for special service or privileges. It describes Christ as the chosen Messiah of God (Luke 23:35), angels as messengers from heaven (I Timothy 5:21), and believers as recipients of God’s favor (Matthew 24:22; Romans 8:33; Colossians 3:12). The New Testament traces the source of election to God’s grace.

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