But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, “Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
For many are called, but few are chosen.
The chosen and elect are those who KEEP their garments: who by His power walk righteously; but the shame of those who defile or lose them is made manifest, and they may be blotted out of the book of life (Rev 3:4-5, 16:15).
Those who suppose that man’s free will infringes upon God’s sovereignty and therefore hardly exists are really saying that God’s sovereignty is too small to handle it. But God Himself calls us to the obedience of faith. It is by such faith on our part that we overcome the world to join Christ in His victory (1 John 5:4); and there are no good promises given to those who don’t overcome. This is why Jesus warned in response to those who did not actually keep their garments of righteousness, but presumed upon His grace, “Many are called, but few are chosen;” because many begin in earnest and indeed have His seed in them but through the schemes of the Devil, the fear of man, and the cares of this life they quickly become devoured, withered, and choked (Matt 13).
The call of God through Christ Jesus is unto ALL men that they might become His sons from everlasting, even as from before the foundation of the earth; for from thence has He been, and that as a Lamb slain for them all. But His election will be according to the use of the faith which He gave to them. The man who buried his talent was cast out, and his reward given to another. A measure of faith is bestowed upon everyone believing so that they may grow from children into sons by His power working though that currency’s continual use.
All things which abide in Him are ever sustained and have ever been sustained by the working of His power; and these are vessels of mercy for His glory. But those which do not abide in Him, nor remain in Him (having once been there), become as though they had never been written in the book (blotted out); and these are among the vessels of wrath for His glory. All things in time are indeed seen from eternity, yet He who is eternal still longs for all things in time to be joined to His everlasting bliss, and so He has made a way for all. Therefore He can and will judge every man according to their deeds, because “everything that is not of faith is sin.” (Rom 14:23)
One might say that the path of the Good Shepherd is called “The Way: Election,” and its faithful travelers, those heeding the call, “The Chosen.”
For our salvation is yet to be fully revealed, and our adoption to sonship yet to be made fully manifest.
God places our full and ultimate adoption as His sons at the time of the redemption of our bodies (Rom 8:16-23).
Until then, we are still becoming the sons of God (John 1:12).
Until then, we are still becoming the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (2 Cor 5:21).
And this is not by beholding ourselves, but by beholding HE who dwells in us; because the seeing of Him and the entering of His kingdom comes by the work of the Holy Spirit (John 3). For in knowing the truth we are made free, because that Spirit IS the truth, who also bears witness that we are God’s children (1 John 5:6, Romans 8:16).
And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all with our face having been unveiled, having beheld the glory of the Lord in a mirror, are being changed into that same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord Spirit.
(2 Corinthians 3:17-18)
As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
(1 John 2:24)
Therefore, let us ever be found as vessels of mercy through obedient faith, having great hope in that which we do not yet fully see, yet also having our eyes opened to Him; keeping ourselves in the purifying love of God, in whose piercing Light we must walk (for we know that in Him is no darkness).
Let us, as it is written, work out our salvation with fear and trembling, allowing for the inner working of the Spirit of God, that we might will and do according to His good pleasure.
Let us walk from faith to faith, through which is known His grace upon grace! For there is no good promise made to those not overcoming the world, and there is no overcoming the world in He who already overcame it without the living exercise of faith by the quickening of the same Spirit who brought us forth, through which faith (and that abiding) our destiny is married to Christ’s victory.
For everything having been generated of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory overcoming the world: OUR faith.
(1 John 5:4)
Grace calls, faith overcomes, God elects.
Jesus makes possible, the Spirit gives power, for the Father has ordained it.
The way ordained is opened up before us – let us enter and abide therein.