“8 Then said he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, bid to the marriage.
10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
11 And when the king (God the Father) came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment (the wedding garment was supplied by the king):
12 And he said unto him, Friend, how did you think you could come in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:8-14.
In the Parable of the Marriage Feast, God the Father is represented by the king. Israel rejected the wedding invitation of His Son, Jesus Christ. They did not have time nor were they interested in attending this wedding. The Israelites in fact treated God’s servants spitefully, therefore He had the city destroyed in 70 AD by Titus.
Because those who were “bidden” (invited) were not worthy, the king sent his servants into the highways to gather as many as they found, both bad and good, and the wedding was indeed furnished with guests. Let me tell you something today my friends, the wedding is indeed furnished.
And when the king, symbolic of God the Father, came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who had rejected the wedding garment which was freely supplied by the king. This guest had deemed his own garment as sufficient, much as Cain had deemed his own sacrifice as sufficient. The cloak of self righteousness had suited the guest very well until the king arrived and it was exposed.
“Not every one that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the Will of My Father which is in Heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name? and in Your Name have cast out devils? and in Your Name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23
Sadly, there are many today among the wedding party who do not walk in the Will of God. They have deemed their garment as sufficient and know not of their own filthy rags. Wandering around in self will, they have been tossed to and fro and have exposed themselves to great danger. Those who have been called of God, the “whosoevers”, have had their ears tickled by the workers of iniquity as they prophesied, cast out devils and done many wonderful works all in the Name of Jesus…yet the Lord does not know these workers of iniquity. The Name of Jesus is used as a “magic charm” for the workers of iniquity in an attempt to manipulate the spirit world. As a result, that which they refer to as “faith” is not faith at all, but witchcraft with religious overtones.
Prophesying, casting out devils and doing many wonderful works are not the requirements for entering into the Kingdom of Heaven…into the marriage feast of God. Faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe, is the only requirement for entering into the Kingdom of Heaven. Believing that Jesus Christ paid the penalty of sin for the sinner and broke the power of sin for the Child of God gives the Holy Spirit latitude to do that which He is commissioned to do…free us from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2). Being free from the law of sin and death allows the Believer to willingly submit to God (Romans 6:11) and to partake in His Divine Nature (2 Peter 1:4). The promises of God are yes and amen to those who walk in His Will.
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the Divine Nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:4.
Many are called…but few are chosen. Many will hear but few are obedient to the Word of God.
“Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:14
Perhaps you have been called. Perhaps you have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. But have you obeyed? Are you chosen?
-Donna Clark Warren