(Part of the Election, Sovereign Grace, Will, Salvation bible study group.)
This parable taught by Jesus, and related in Mat 22, in the Bible, serves a dual purpose; but it has a singular theme, "The Kingdom of Heaven."
Verses 2-7, notify the Chosen People of Israel that the "Promise" is no longer made solely to them. Verses 8-14 show that it was now being extended to the Gentiles.
Many focus on verses 11-13, claiming that the one who was thrown out was expelled because he did not choose to put on a wedding garment, which is symbolic of salvation. Therefore, they say that this proves "free choice", or "free will", salvation, and thereby proves that the belief in salvation by God's Sovereign Grace & Will, the Doctrine of Election, is not a valid one. However, you will note in verse 10, the following:
- - "So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests."
In Scripture, 'bad' and 'good', in this type of context, are equivalent to unrighteous and righteous. We know that the Bible teaches that only the righteous will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven and attend the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. And that the righteous will have a wedding garment; whereas the unrighteous will not have one. Therefore, there is no choice indicated in verses 11-13. The one put out was illustrative of all the unrighteous, who have not been given a wedding garment.
Verse 10, affirms the "Great Commission," that the Gospel invitation is to be spread to all. But it does not provide a guarantee of being allowed to attend the feast, as evidenced by verses 11-13. Verse 14,
- - "For many are called, but few are chosen."
affirms that receiving the invitation does not guarantee the right to attend. Further it clearly states that attendees are chosen by the Great King, who we know is symbolic of Our Heavenly Father. Therefore, contrary to the claims of many, this parable does not affirm free choice or will salvation; it proves the validity of the belief in salvation by God's Sovereign Will & Grace, the Doctrine of Election.
Wedding Feast parable
page updated 03/19/2011.