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Again, it is not a stretching of the parable to apply this to divine judgment and eternity in the Lake of Fire. When the gracious King saw that His banquet room was empty, He extended the invitation to others.
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In the context of the earlier parables, invitation was shared with the openly wicked — publicans and harlots. When the sinfully self-righteous refused the grace of the King; the overtly sinful were called.
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out fo the way; they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, no one. For we have all sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
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As a gospel presentation , drawing in scriptures from other places, I have no problem saying that the wedding garment is the robe of the righteousness of Christ. They were asked to lay aside their dirty, tattered, self-made coats and robes. And each of them were given a robe of pure white , prepared and issued by the King and His Son. They were clothed with salvation. But we need to admit that there is nothing like that in the parable itself.
Rather, this man who was rejected by the King, simply showed no respect toward the festivities or to the Son. Instead of dressing up for the House of the King, he deliberately dressed down. In the custom of our society, he was wearing a T-shirt with a disgusting logo, or cut-off shorts and a tank top.
The Bible teaches three kinds of election. There is a national election : to which I have already referred. Out of all the nations of the earth, God chose the nation of Israel as His special people. The second is unto various forms of service which has nothing to do with this scripture. And the third variety of election is unto salvation. The Bible clearly teaches an election unto salvation which was made before the foundation of world. Without that election there would never be a saved soul upon the earth. There would never be a guest at the feast table of God.
The question which confronts us here is: how or why were these people chosen? The answers are the same no matter which kind of election you want to study. Why are many called while few are elect or chosen? Because God is sovereign , and He can elect whomever He wants.
Their grocery stores, drug stores and car dealerships were all well-stocked. They had the opportunity for education, good medical care and the peaceful enjoyment of the land.
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Throughout their lives, the residents of that nation had been hearing the invitation of the gospel. They had been urged to love the King and His Son, and to come to their palace. But they were just so filled with themselves that all their time was consumed with their interests, pleasures and sins. They had all been called , but by nature, they had no interest in even returning the RSVP card. However there were a few exceptions. First, He was warning about attitudes.
A person can strive for rewards but be motivated by pride and selfishness. The rich young ruler illustrated this point; but followers of Christ, too, can have wrong motivations.
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Second, Jesus was warning that God is sovereign and that He, not finite man, will give out rewards as He, not they, sees fit. What people might think is unfair, God sees as fair.
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Or what God sees as unjust, people often see as just. Later the landowner thought he could use more workers, so he hired them. Howls of protest rose from those who had worked all day. But the landowner was correct—he had paid the workers what they had agreed upon. When Jesus rewards His servants someday, there will no doubt be surprises. Because this statement does not appear in Matthew in newer manuscripts on textual grounds, I will turn to But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
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Yet they believed they would possess the Kingdom and they indeed will have their part in it after going through seven years of tribulation and will finally accept their Messiah. Sadly only a few Jews accepted their Messiah and salvation, though they were called invited. These statements can have application for life in general as well.