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.
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:
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.
Matthew 22:13 – For many are called, but few are chosen.
Hello readers, short blog today. The day you realized you’re not in when you thought you were in. There was a man in this famous parable of Jesus Christ who thought he was in. He thought he got in. He thought he’d slipped in. But he was not in. Read the full parable for yourself, it’s in Matthew 22, and it’s a sobering parable of utmost importance for us to read and get some understanding in today.
I see so much today, people who became “Christian” without ever believing the gospel. They became Christian by church membership. Maybe they got baptized. Whatever, but they didn’t get in through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ. They say they’re in, they think they’re in, but they’re not in at all. This man in this parable was not in with the king like he thought, and maybe you’re not in with God at all like you think. If you were in with God you wouldn’t have such a problem with real Christians and with God’s word. If you were in with God you wouldn’t be so fleshly and worldly and sensual and sinful.
The fact is most professing Christians today think they’re Christian, but their life is devoid of repentance and faith. And the problem with modern churches is they’re trying to get people in without the gospel. But in compromising the truth in order to be more seeker friendly or get more people in… they’re just compromising more people. They’re trying to get people in through any other way other than the truth of God’s word. And they’re creating a whole lot of people who think they’re in when they’re not in. They’re not saved.
There is no way you can slide someone into the kingdom of God having evaded most of every truth in the word of God just because you knew if you said something about sin, judgment, wrath, hell they wouldn’t accept your message. See, I can easily make Christians by going around saying God loves you and he accepts you as you are and come to church and hey, you’re saved! If I skirt around all the truths which might offend them or might seem not loving enough I can get them in. There’s plenty of ways to get them in, but there’s only one way to really get in and stay in. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9 ” I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved”.
The problem with changing the gospel and changing the Jesus just to make Christianity more palatable to someone really is just short changing that person. You can make someone think they’re in. You can make someone feel like they’re in. But that doesn’t mean they’re in. You may even think they’re in. But it is God who will say in the end, you are not in. What a horrible thought to think you’re in, only to find out you’re not in.
You can’t just slip and slide and dodge and wriggle your way past all the truths of the Bible into the kingdom of God. If you do not belong, you do not belong. It’s always amazing seeing how professing Christians live how they think they could possibly belong in a place where they don’t want to live now. If the new heaven and new earth is a place where only righteousness is, how on earth do you belong in that place? You live like a dog here and somehow you belong in a place of holiness and righteousness? Hardly.
You are not going to get it in just however you want to be. This man was meant to have a wedding garment, but he did not. If you don’t get in through repentance of sin and faith in Christ, you are not in. If you’re a Christian on any other basis you are not in. You are not going to get in just however you want to get in. It’s not how you choose, it’s who God chooses. See, at the moment you think it’s all about your choices, and you get to choose your truth, choose your Jesus, choose your gospel, choose your Bible, choose your Christianity. You’re making all the choices… but in the end, what matters is who God chooses. And guess who he chooses? Those who came to him based on the truth of his word. People who have the wedding garment they were meant to. People who did what they were supposed to how he said to do it. As Jesus said, many are called, but few are chosen. Scary.
You will not get in, and neither will you be able to make others get in on the basis of anything other than saving faith in Jesus Christ. If you are not genuinely saved, you are not genuinely saved. If you are not born again, you are not in. Repeat: if you are not born again, you are not in. There will be no exceptions. This was the smallest detail, he just came dressed a different way. But he did it his way, but what matters to God is doing it God’s way. You best find out what God’s way is then right? Stop living in your fairy world and find out what God said, because what he said is how you are going to be judged and it will be the difference between being chosen and being cast out.
Just because you changed your Jesus, just because you changed your Bible, just because you changed your God, just because you changed your gospel… doesn’t mean God has changed one little bit or the truth is any less the truth or the criteria for acceptance with God is anything less than absolute perfection which only Christ has. Just because you change stuff doesn’t mean God has changed stuff. What a wake up call. I see this quite a bit, people changing the message, changing the gospel, changing the Bible to be in and get people in. But they aren’t in, and they’re not getting people in. We are commanded to prepare to meet our God, are you prepared, are you ready?
So you may qualify as a Christian based on your false Jesus and your false gospel, but unless you qualify based on the truth of God’s word and the Lord Jesus Christ, you’re not in. You’re just deluded. You’re fooled about who and what you are. You’re fooled about what’s going to happen. Maybe this guy thought oh they king will be fine with me coming how I want. But he wasn’t fine. And it won’t be fine.
Why do you think this bloke was speechless? Because you won’t have an answer. You’ll finally be out of your smarts. You know how everyone has an answer for everything? This man had no answer. Think about that, this man had no answer for the king. No excuse. No justification. No blame. Nothing. When you stand before God you will have no answer. He was missing something that was not optional, but compulsory and mandatory. What are you missing that is compulsory? Are you missing the reality of having actually been saved? Are you born again? Have you repented? Maybe you, like him, think you’re in. I’ve thought about this man, and where everyone else was at. How was he somehow in this place and nobody had told him that he needed a wedding garment? Maybe someone told him he was in. Maybe someone allowed him in. The thing is, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what someone says, it matters what God says. And God HAS said. He’s already said, stop being like Balaam and going back to him like he hasn’t already said what he’s said and meant.
Why didn’t he have a wedding garment? Was it the servants fault? Maybe some servant told him, oh you don’t need one, you’ll be alright. Maybe he thought, ah, I’ll deal with it when I get there. Maybe he just didn’t pay attention. Maybe he didn’t think the details matter. Maybe he thought it wasn’t that important. Maybe he thought it won’t make a difference and nobody will be able to tell. And maybe, just maybe, nobody ever told him he was not in until that king came in and says, what are you doing here? Are you going to be the person that tells someone, hey, you’re not right with God, it’s not all good, there’s a real God, there’s a real devil, and there’s a real hell. That’s the person that loves you.
But maybe this man knew all that. Maybe he just decided he knew better like we all do. What about when God asks you where is your wedding garment? Where was your faith? Where was your repentance? Where was you being born again? Where was your obedience? Where was your self denial? Where was your trust? Where was your preparedness? Where’s the proof of your salvation? Where’s the proof you belong here?
And the man was speechless. Many people are so used to telling God what he’s trying to say, many people are so used to their sad little idea of God that they’ve made, a God they command authority over not realizing the true God is in authority over them. And they are not going to know what to say when God sentences them to eternal hell fire. God is not your pal, God is not your boy, God is not someone who consults with you. He is God. He means what he says, and says what he means.
If you have come another way, and not the right way, you are not in. This man did not come the way that he was meant to. He obviously was like one of these professing Christians these days, they don’t think God’s word is all that important. They don’t think the details matter. They don’t think what God has said matters all that much. They don’t think the truth matters. But if you haven’t come to God by God’s way, you are not in. If you haven’t come to God by God’s way, you do not belong. There are no shortcuts. When you skirt around most of the Bible and live a Christianity out of a few verses that suit your life, you’re just short changing yourself in eternity.
He didn’t say to the king, oh nobody told me I needed one. Ever thought about that? He was WITHOUT excuse. You are without excuse. You can know, you should know, you are COMMANDED to know. He knew he needed one, but he didn’t think God had communicated clearly. Maybe the king’s command got lost in translation. Maybe he told the servants, oh that’s just your interpretation of the Bible. Maybe he said, oh a better translation says “I don’t need one”. You see, we’ve changed the gospel to where you don’t need to repent. You don’t need to worry about hell and judgment. But that’s your version, and that might change… but God’s version still hasn’t. God’s standards have not changed since Genesis 1:1, don’t forget that.
I struggle to think off the top of my head of a worse verse in the Bible. And there are plenty. When I say worse, I mean terrifying. But this one is right up there. Look at where this man ended up. He had so much opportunity, he was so privileged, he had such grace bestowed on him and he ended up in outer darkness, weeping and wailing… forever. All because he didn’t have a wedding garment. Far out. His eternity was separated by a… wedding garment. Do you realize how high the stakes are? Do you realize how serious the details matter? Do you even begin to realize the God you are messing around with? What God has said is mandatory. It is not just a suggestion, it is a command. There is a dress code for heaven, and that dress code is the righteousness of Christ, not my own righteousness. What qualifies me for that marriage is repentance of sin and saving faith in Jesus Christ, without which I am not in.
You may say, he did a lot right, he was there after all wasn’t he? But that’s not enough. It’s not enough to live religious. It’s not enough to do mostly good. It’s not enough to believe in God. It’s not enough to go to church. It’s not enough to get baptized. It’s not enough to not sleep around. You might do a lot right, you may be well meaning, you may be dedicated and sincere, you may think you’re in… yet you’re not in, and you are going to be cast out. What started with a call ended up with a casting out. How could it go so terribly wrong? How will your life end up so terribly in the end?
If you don’t make it on the basis of the shed blood of Jesus Christ alone, you won’t make it. If you don’t make it based on acknowledgement of truth and repentance of sin, you won’t make it. If you don’t make it based on saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, you won’t make it. If you don’t make it based on being born again of the Spirit of God, you won’t make it. The stakes are very high. Your soul is at stake. “Which had not”, those words are in this story. The Bible says he that HATH the Son hath life, but he that HATH not the Son of God HATH NOT life. Anything other than Jesus Christ is not enough, he is the only way you are in. So you may think you’re in, you’ve been told you’re in, and it seems like you’re in, it looks to everyone else like you’re in, but what matters is if God says you’re in. And to this man the king said to be cast out. That was the day he realized he was not in when he thought he was in. May this not be you or I that day.
Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)