Matthew 22:9 (KJV)
Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
This parable makes it so obvious who the called are that even Calvinist John Gill claims them to be the Jews.
They were called of God for the wonderful purpose of presenting to the world the Scriptures and for delivering into the world the Lamb of God. They had the benefit of dozens of generations hearing from God.
But being called is not the same as being bidden. The benefits extended to them gave them no right to ignore that vital moment when they were invited “in.”
I note that though they were bidden first, they were not bidden alone. The invitation to the wedding extended to those who were called and to as many others as could be found. The lesson is clear. The Gospel is not only for those who are the called or the elect; the Gospel is for whosoever will.
Come dressed in the righteousness of Christ, of course, but come one and come all.
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Matthew 22:9 Come Well Dressed
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