MANY ARE CALLED, BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN???
SPREADING THE WORD WITHOUT SAYING A WORD MINISTRY
BY CHICO AND DEBBIE JIMENEZ
THE WORD OF GOD CLEARLY SAYS IN Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen. LET’S MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THIS MEANS TO US TODAY!!! THE WORD OF GOD IS OUR GUIDE TO LIFE AND WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A PARABLE, AN EXAMPLE FOR THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN???
FIRST, LET’S DEFINE THE MEANINGS OF THE WORDS
CALLED AND CHOSEN!!!
THE WORD “CALLED” – ACCORDING TO THE STRONG’S CONCORDANCE
- CALLED means
1) called, invited (to a banquet) invited (by God in the proclamation of the Gospel) to obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom through Christ.
NOW, KNOWING that the word “CALLED” in Matthew 22:14 means “INVITED” by GOD to ETERNAL SALVATION (PARABLE).
THE WORD “CHOSEN” – ACCORDING TO THE STRONG’S CONCORDANCE
- CHOSEN means
1) picked out, chosen
a) chosen by God,
1) to obtain salvation through Christ
a) Christians are called “chosen or elect” of God.
NOW WE NEED TO SEE WHAT THE WORD “INVITE” MEANS …
- INVITE means
1) to request the presence or participation of in a kindly, courteous, or complimentary way, especially to request to come or go to some place, gathering, entertainment, etc., or to do something: to invite friends to dinner.
2) to request politely or formally.
WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE WORD CALLED MEANS INVITED AND THE WORD CHOSEN MEANS CHOSEN BY GOD
LET’S RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE WORD OF GOD!!!
THE “WORD OF GOD” IS VERY CLEAR IN MARK 16:15.
WE ARE INSTRUCTED BY JESUS TO GO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE. WHEN WE SHARE THE GOSPEL, WE INVITE PEOPLE TO PARTAKE OF THE TRUTH, JESUS CHRIST!!!
WE INVITE THEM TO BECOME PART OF THE BODY OF TRUE BELIEVERS AND RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR. WHEN AN INVITATION IS GIVEN, NOT ALL WILL ACCEPT.
REMEMBER IN Matthew 22:14 Many ARE CALLED (INVITED), but few are CHOSEN (CHOSEN by GOD)!!!
THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO WILL ATTEND THE WEDDING, (THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB) ARE GOD’S CHOSEN, ELECT!!! Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.
AGAIN, THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO WILL TRULY ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR ARE THE ONES THAT ARE CHOSEN BY GOD HIMSELF!!! JESUS HAND PICKED HIS APOSTLES FROM THE MULTITUDES OF PEOPLE, HE ONLY CHOSE TWELVE!!!
Matthew 22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, Matthew 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, Matthew 22:3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
THEY WERE TOO BUSY DOING THEIR OWN THING, LIKE WORKING, PLAYING OR WATCHING SPORTS, BEING RELIGIOUS, INTERNET, KEEPING UP WITH THE JONES’, etc. Mark 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
LET’S LOOK AT THE WORD BIDDEN…
THE WORD “BIDDEN” – ACCORDING TO THE STRONG’S CONCORDANCE
- BIDDEN means
1) to call
a) to call aloud, utter in a loud voice
b) to invite
2) to call i.e. to name, by name
a) to give a name to
1) to receive the name of, receive as a name
3) to give some name to one
a) call his name
b) to be called i.e. to bear a name or title (among men)
c) to salute one by name
Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. Matthew 22:5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise.
SO WE CAN CLEARLY SEE IN THIS PARABLE, WHEN THE KING INVITED THEM BY NAME, THEY IGNORED HIS BID.
JUST LIKE THE COMING MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB, THOSE WHO WERE NOT CHOSEN BY GOD TO ATTEND, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE DOOR. Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are. Luke 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
Matthew 22:6 And the remnant took his (the King’s) servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. IN THIS PARABLE/VERSE WE CAN SEE THAT THE CHRISTIANS OF TODAY ARE BEING PERSECUTED AND KILLED FOR SHARING THE GOSPEL.
Matthew 22:7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
IN THIS VERSE WE CAN CLEARLY SEE THAT THE MEANING OF THIS PARABLE WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE TRIBULATION PERIOD. GOD’S WRATH WILL BE RELEASED ON THE UNBELIEVERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HARMED HIS CHILDREN/SERVANTS.
Matthew 22:8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. IN THIS PARABLE/VERSE WE CAN SEE THAT ONLY GOD’S ELECT ARE WORTHY OF ATTENDING THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB. WE CAN SEE THAT PEOPLE WERE BIDDEN (CALLED BY NAME) TO ATTEND THE WEDDING, BUT THEY WERE NOT WORTHY.
Matthew 22:9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. Matthew 22:10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. THEY GATHERED AS MANY AS THEY FOUND BOTH BAD AND GOOD.
Matthew 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: IN THIS PARABLE/VERSE WE CAN SEE THAT THE KING FOUND A MAN THAT WAS THERE WITHOUT A WEDDING GARMENT. TODAY IT MEANS THAT HE WAS NOT CHOSEN BY JESUS TO BE AT THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB.
Matthew 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Matthew 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. IN THIS PARABLE/VERSE WE CAN SEE THAT THIS MAN WAS CAST INTO HELL. THOSE WHO ARE NOT CHOSEN BY JESUS TO BE AT THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN HELL!!!
Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen. IN THIS PARABLE/VERSE WE CAN SEE ONCE AGAIN, MANY ARE INVITED BUT THE ONLY ONES FOUND WORTHY ARE CALLED BY GOD HIMSELF!!!
JESUS SAID IN John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but “I have chosen you, and ordained you”, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
DO YOU KNOW JESUS? HAVE YOU TRULY GIVEN YOUR LIFE TO JESUS CHRIST AND ASKED HIM TO BE YOUR SAVIOR? CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO FIND OUT HOW TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR!!! TIME IS SHORT JESUS IS COMING REAL SOON, DON’T BE LEFT BEHIND!!!
SOON, THE TRUE BELIEVERS IN CHRIST JESUS WILL BE RAPTURED FROM THIS WORLD THAT HAS FORGOTTEN AND FORSAKEN GOD!!! 1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.
CHICO AND DEBBIE