THE MARRIAGE FEAST.....Matthew 22:1-14
"And when the king came to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment. And he said to him, Friend, how is it you do not have a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gashing of teeth. For many are called but few chosen" (Matt. 22: 11-14).
FIRST, THIS IS TO DO WITH THE PRESENT CHRISTIAN AGE. WE KNOW FROM ROMANS 9 THROUGH 11, THIS IS THE CASE. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE "GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT" OF REVELATION 20, FULLY EXPLAINED IN MY STUDY CALLED "THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT."
GOD TODAY IS CALLING SOME AS EXPLAINED IN ROMANS 9 TO 11, BUT THE REST ARE SPIRITUALLY BLINDED. THEN OUT OF THOSE CALLED TO HEAR THE TRUTHS OF THE GOSPEL, ONLY SOME OF THEM ARE "CHOSEN" TO INHERIT THE FIRST RESURRECTION WHEN JESUS RETURNS.
JESUS HERE SHOWS SOMETHING IS REQUIRED FROM THE CALLED ONES.....THEY MUST HAVE ON A WEDDING GARMENT.
WE MUST LET THE BIBLE INTERPRET THE BIBLE. IF WE DO NOT A THOUSAND IDEAS COULD BE PUT FORTH AS TO WHAT IS THE WEDDING GARMENT.
TURN OVER TO REVELATION 3:4 AND WE START TO GET THE ANSWER.
"You have a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me IN WHITE: for they are worthy."
SO TO BE DRESSED IN WHITE, MEANS YOU HAVE NOT DEFILED YOUR GARMENT! THAT WOULD BE ANYTHING DEEMED BY GOD AS DEFILEMENT, OR AGAINST THE WILL AND WAYS OF GOD; HENCE ANYTHING THAT COULD BE DEEMED AS SIN TOWARDS GOD.
NOW TURN TO REVELATION 19:8. THE WIFE OF CHRIST IS READY TO MARRY HIM. ALL AGREE THIS IS TALKING ABOUT THE SAINTS, THE CHILDREN OF GOD, AND THE FIRST RESURRECTION WHEN JESUS RETURNS; THE CONTEXT ALSO PROVES THIS TO BE SO.
"And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine lined, clean and WHITE; for the fine linen is the RIGHTEOUSNESS of the saints."
AH, NOW WHAT IS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF SAINTS?
SOME WOULD SAY IT IS HAVING JESUS. WELL IF IT WAS JUST HAVING JESUS; SAYING YOU KNOW HIM, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE HE IS SAVIOR, THEN ALL THAT ARE CALLED TO KNOW THAT, WOULD NOT BE IN THE POSITION OF THE "NO WEDDING GARMENT" OF MATTHEW 22. IT WOULD MEAN ALL ROMAN CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS ARE FIRST RESURRECTION BOUND. WHY THEN THE TALK ABOUT A MARRIAGE GARMENT, IF BEING IN THE FIRST RESURRECTION ONLY MEANS YOU ACKNOWLEDGE JESUS AS THE CHRIST, I MEAN ALL THOSE WHO CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS FOR SAYING JESUS IS THE CHRIST, WOULD MAKE THE TEACHING OF JESUS ABOUT BEING CALLED AND CHOSEN, REDUNDANT.
JUST A SURFACE BELIEF IN CHRIST BEING THE SAVIOR, AND LIVING THE LIFE YOU BELIEVE IS "GOOD" AND SO GETTING INTO THE WEDDING AND MARRIAGE, WOULD MEAN WHAT JESUS SAID TO THE RICH MAN IN MATTHEW 19 IS ALSO REDUNDANT.
THERE ARE MANY TODAY WHO BELIEVE IN CHRIST AND ARE PRACTICING HOMOSEXUALS AND LESBIANS; WHY SOME OF THEM ARE EVEN "CHRISTIAN MINISTERS" AND LIVING IN SAME SEX MARRIAGES. OBVIOUSLY THEY BELIEVE THEY WILL BE IN GOD'S KINGDOM.
THE WEDDING GARMENT OF WHITE, MUST BE MORE THAN JUST SIMPLY ACKNOWLEDGING CHRIST AS THE SON OF GOD, AND SAVIOR.
REVELATION 19 SAYS THE FINE WHITE LINEN IS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF SAINTS!
AGAIN, LETTING THE BIBLE INTERPRET THE BIBLE....WHAT IS RIGHTEOUSNESS?
TURN TO PSALM 119:172
".....FOR ALL THY COMMANDMENTS ARE RIGHTEOUSNESS."
GOD'S COMMANDMENTS ARE RIGHTEOUSNESS! AND TO FIND GOD'S COMMANDMENTS, YOU WILL NEED TO READ AND STUDY THE WHOLE BIBLE.
AND WITH THAT WE ARE BACK TO JESUS' TEACHING OF MATTHEW 4:4 "MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD."
THE WHITE RAIMENT OF THE SAINTS, THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE SAINTS, IS THE ATTITUDE OF MIND THAT STUDIES ALL THE WORD OF GOD TO KNOW HOW TO THINK, ACT, SPEAK, LIVE, AND CONDUCT THEIR DAILY LIVES, AS A WAY OF LIFE.
SOME WILL AGAIN SAY, WELL YOU ARE TEACHING A SALVATION BY WORKS. NO IT IS NOT A SALVATION BY WORKS, BUT A SALVATION BY GRACE THAT LEADS YOU TO DESIRE TO LIVE BY EVERY WORD OF GOD!
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THAT ATTITUDE OF MIND, YOU WILL NEVER BE IN GOD'S KINGDOM, AND THERE WILL BE WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH! BACK AGAIN TO MATTHEW 7:21-27.
ONCE MORE I REFER YOU TO MY IN-DEPTH STUDIES CALLED "SAVED BY GRACE" AND "LIVING BY EVERY WORD OF GOD - HOW?"