|Posted by kelvinbueckert on June 16, 2019 at 10:50 AM|
The subject of election (predestination), which is very deep and over which theologians have battled for centuries, came up recently in Bible Study. It caused me to review Jesus' words in Matthew 22:14 and what led Him to make this proclamation.
Tension existed between Jesus and the religious leaders of the Jews. In chapter 21, Matthew notes they were looking for ways to arrest him, but they feared His popularity with the crowds. Jesus spoke to them in parables about the Kingdom of heaven; in this instance the King invited guests to the wedding of his son, but many of them found excuse in business prevented them from attending. Eventually others were invited.
This was prophetic. Jesus knew He had come, the Son of our heavenly Father, to establish an eternal Kingdom to which many who were invited would decline, for a variety of reasons. Gentiles would be included in an invitation first given to the Jews, to be the children of God. The many who were first called refers to the nation of Israel.
Ryrie makes a pertinent comment on that particular verse: "Here it indicates there is a general call of God to sinners inviting them to receive His salvation, and there is also a specific election that brings some to Him" (Ryrie Study notes). The Apostle Paul told the Roman church there was no excuse for anyone not knowing about God – His very handiwork in nature reveals to us there is a Designer and Creator. However, in his own experience Paul had to be struck blind in order for him to "see" God. He was specifically “chosen” to do a task, according to God’s will.
Paul’s message?.... Jesus died for all (1 Corinthians 5:15) so God offers the gift of salvation to all who will receive it..... believing (John 1:12)
Jesus' parable about the rejection of the nation Israel ( Matthew 22:1-14) serves as a serious warning that an invitation has been extended to everyone. “For God so loved the world….”! (John 3:16)
”The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise….He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
Have you accepted the invitation to the wedding of the Lamb? Revelation 19:9
How many of your loved ones will be joining you at this celebration feast?