Many Called, Few Chosen
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”. Matt 22:14
Many are called but few are chosen. Our Savior often uses this expression. The Jews and Gentiles had been called but few of them had been chosen to life, the elect of God. This is also true that many who are in church may prove to be without the wedding garment of righteousness and show at last that they were not the chosen of God.
The provision made for perishing souls in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection is represented by a royal feast made by a king on the marriage of his son. Our merciful God has not only provided food but a royal feast for the perishing souls of His rebellious creatures.
The reason why sinners come not to Christ is not because they cannot but because they will not. They are careless. Multitudes perish forever through mere carelessness as to their souls.
The parable ends with this haunting words, “for many are called but few are chosen.” What does this parable mean to us? There is a certain amount of mystery connected with evangelism. We go out and invite many people to come to Christ but only a few of them become true Christians. No matter what form of evangelism we use, only a few people will be converted and added to the local church. What makes them unqualified to be saved? Christ gave the answer in this parable. He tells us about 4 kinds of people who disqualify themselves from salvation in Christ.
- Those Who Will Not Come Matt 22:2-3
God sends us out to call everyone to come to Christ but many people simply won’t come, in fact the vast majority will not come. No matter what we do or say, these people will not come to Christ and be converted. Many people will continue to go down the broad road that leads to Hell. Only a few people will enter the narrow road that leads to life in Christ. Matt 7:13-14
- Those Who Pay No Attention Matt 22:4-5
These people are not quite blunt as the first group who simply ‘would not come,’ They will often come to church to hear the Gospel a few times but they do not get converted because they have no seeking heart. Jesus said, concerning them, “when they have heard, go forth and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life and bring no perfection.” Lk 8:14. They seemed to listen to the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. They seemed to be happy in the local church. However, sooner or later the cares and worries of the world and its desires of money and pleasure, choke them and they fall away from the local church.
- Those Who Rebel Matt 22:6
We should not be surprised when some people get very angry with us during evangelism, particularly when we are preaching the Gospel of God’s righteousness that speaks about Jesus’ baptism and death. Jesus said, “I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you . If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” John 15:19-20. This is part of the price we pay for taking the Gospel to the lost in evangelism. There will always be some people who are angry with us for sharing the love of the Gospel. They are really in rebellion against Christ.
- Those Who Refuse Faith In God’s Righteousness Matt 22:10
The one guest without proper wedding clothes represents all those who have not truly believed in the baptism, death and resurrection of Christ to be born again and to put on the garment of righteousness. They are the bad guests mentioned in verse 10. Even though they have come to the king’s house with all the other guests but they will be thrown out. The wedding garment represents the righteousness of God, signifying those who have put their faith in the baptism and death of Jesus to receive perfect remission of sin and the indwelling Holy Spirit.
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