Moral of the Story

The Invitation July 9, 2017

Matthew 22

Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ 5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. 13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Who are the people in the Parable:

King = God

The Son = Jesus;

Servants were sent out to invite the guests = are God’s prophets and apostles.

Invited Guests = the Jewish people.

The replacement guest invited = the Gentiles

The Rapture.

The Rapture of the church. To the Christian who truly loves Jesus, the sudden appearance of Christ in the air will hold no fear, dread, or disappointment. This event is the blessed hope Paul mentions in Titus 2:13.

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The Tribulation. With the saints removed from the earth, a time of suffering will come upon the whole world.

The Tribulation is a period of 7 years, (Daniel 9:27).

The last half of the Tribulation period is called the Great Tribulation. The purpose of the Tribulation is more time for the Jewish People to call on the name of Jesus as well as the lost gentiles. Matthew 24:42-44; Mark

13:33-37; Daniel 9:27; Revelation 15:1-16:21

Pre-Tribulation scholars hold that the Rapture will occur before the beginning of the tribulation.

Mid-Tribulation scholars believe the Rapture will occur in the middle of the Great Tribulation.

Post-Tribulation scholars teach that the Rapture will occur at the end of the Great Tribulation, or when Christ comes to set up His eternal kingdom.

The Second Coming. This event is different from the Rapture. The second coming of Christ is the visible, bodily appearance of Christ as He returns to the Mount of Olives from which He ascended back to heaven after His resurrection. After the marriage between the raptured church and the Lamb in heaven, (this is the wedding this parable is about) Christ, the Groom, goes forth to claim all of His kingdom.

The Millennium. With Satan’s influence removed from the earth and

Christ’s reign of righteousness unopposed. This is time when we the Believers will rule with Christ where Christ will judge evil perfectly and immediately.

References to this future time of perfection are found throughout Scripture (Isaiah 2, 11, 12, 32, 35, 60, and 65; Zechariah 14).

The Great White Throne Judgment. After the judgment fire physically destroys those deceived by Satan at the end of the Millennium, all the wicked who have ever lived on the face of the earth will be dead.

The Holy City. Revelation 21 begins with John’s view of new heavens, a new earth, and the holy city (the new Jerusalem that comes down from God out of the new heavens to rest on the new earth).

Think of when years ago Prince William the grandson of England's Queen Elizabeth II, was married in Westminster Abbey while the whole world watched. Many who were not invited would have paid a princely sum to get in the door of that wedding.

Our God is long suffering… He will wait and give opportunity and opportunity but there is a Judgment there is a wrath “The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.” (Matthew 22:7).  

THEIR REJECTION MADE SALVATION AVAILABLE TO ALL

8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

Then we read this next part. That is shocking and surprise ending to this Parable.

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. 13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

WHAT IS THE WEDDING GARMENT?

“Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Listen to what The Apostle Paul said, about his own righteousness.

Philippians 3:4-9

 “4 though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!

5 I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. 6 I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault. 7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.”.

Either way we are to:

WE MUST PUT ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND PUT OFF

OURSELVES!

 

Rom. 13:14.

“Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh”

Ephesians 4:22-24

“with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude

of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true

righteousness and holiness.

So what are somethings that we are to put off?

Lying -

Colossians 3:9-10

Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him.

1  Peter 2:1

Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy

and all slander.

 

One More

1 Corinthians 6:9-

 Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.