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    In matthew 22:12-14 Jesus is using a parable about the wedding and how no one came so he invited people off the street instead. But he says at the end...
    12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
    14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

    Who does the man without wedding clothes represent?

  • #2
    The wedding garment is the Holy Spirit, who seals all all those saved by the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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    • #3
      Our wedding garment is the righteousness of Christ, obtained by faith, given by grace. A free gift, yes, but without it, you cannot enter the wedding.

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      • #4
        Those without wedding clothes represent those Jews who rejected Christ as their Messiah, and who consequently cannot be clothed in his righteousness.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by scourge39 View Post
          Those without wedding clothes represent those Jews who rejected Christ as their Messiah, and who consequently cannot be clothed in his righteousness.
          Why specifically the Jews, and not Gentiles?
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          • #6
            I would've said that broadly-speaking the Jews are represented by the original group who made excuses not to come, and hence the wedding invitation was extended to the people in the byways ie. Gentiles.

            If you look at the preceding passages in Matthew 21, Jesus has just had a run-in with the Pharisees, chief priests and elders of the people when they questioned His authority, and He follows with a series of parables - the Two Sons, the Tenants. He has some things to say about how the Jews are rejecting His message but the Gentile 'sinners' aren't:

            Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him. Mt 21:31

            Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. Mt 21:43

            And then He follows with the Wedding Banquet when the chosen guests refuse to come, so the invitation is extended to others. But I wouldn't extrapolate from that that Jews are no longer invited - see Romans 11.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jeffinator View Post
              In matthew 22:12-14 Jesus is using a parable about the wedding and how no one came so he invited people off the street instead. But he says at the end...
              12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
              14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

              Who does the man without wedding clothes represent?
              He is an unsaved person who THOUGHT he was saved..hence he showed up to the banquet expecting to get in!

              The garment represents salvation in the following passage:

              "And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment." Zechariah 3:1-5

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jeffinator View Post
                In matthew 22:12-14 Jesus is using a parable about the wedding and how no one came so he invited people off the street instead. But he says at the end...
                12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
                14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

                Who does the man without wedding clothes represent?
                That man represents those at judgment day who stand before the Lord; but are cast out; because they never knew Him. They rejected Him during their lives; and now they have no garment (aka salvation from the Lord being born again and washed white from sin in the blood of the Lamb); and are cast out forevermore into the flames; where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. I only the redeemed of all the ages will remain and enter into the marriage.
                Last edited by David Taylor; Sep 6th 2008, 07:22 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by markedward View Post
                  Why specifically the Jews, and not Gentiles?
                  Because of Matthew 22:6-7:

                  6The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. (NIV)

                  The 'servants' refer to the OT prophets whom many Jews disobeyed, and verse 7 is a prediction of both the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD. In addition, this parable is preceded by the parable of the tenants (cf. 21:33-46), which refers to the authority that once belonged to the Jewish religious leaders being taken away from them (because of their rejection of both the OT prophets and Christ) and transferred over to another trustworthy group of Jews, the apostles. The apostles, unlike the Jewish religious leaders, recognized Jesus as Messiah and understood the OT prophecies that pointed to his coming. Therefore, they would now serve as the trustworthy heralds of the Gospel. Most of Jesus' parables are meant to condemn the Jewish religious leaders for either their refusal to recognize him as Messiah or their mistreatment of unclean Jews or Gentiles. The parable of the prodigal son was a rebuke of Judaism's unwillingness to evangelize Gentiles and remove racial barriers by accepting Gentiles as their Spiritual brothers and sisters. The conversation in that parable is between the son who stayed and the Father. The son who stayed represents the Jews who had the torah, and were the custodians of Yahweh's truth, etc. and yet refused to reach out to Gentiles in compassion. The jealousy of the son who stayed is meant to ilustrate this. The prodigal son's repentance symbolizes Gentile acceptance of the Gospel. The garments placed on the son who returned illustrate that Gentiles have the same status in God's sight as Jews and are equally important to him as citizens of his kingdom.

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                  • #10
                    Anyone who isn't part of the celebration of the marriage of the bride and Christ.
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                    • #11
                      I think here of the verse :
                      Mt 25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

                      Many are called, but few are chosen

                      It may be somebody who thinks they can slip into heaven (wedding feast of the Lamb) without having chosen the repentance necessary that goes with salvation
                      The LORD is my Miracle

                      G_d was gracious He has shown favor


                      Hope is a seed
                      God plants in our hearts
                      to remind us
                      there are better things ahead.
                      -Holley Gerth

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                      • #12
                        The man without wedding clothes represents anyone who does not accept Christ. When at a wedding, there were traditional garments worn. Without the garment, you couldn't stay.
                        So, your invited to a wedding. Free food, celebrating, and you don't even have to bring a gift. Now all you have to do is wear a robe. But you say no. Your in the masters house, at the masters wedding, going to have the masters food. And the master wants you in his robe. But no thanks, I'm going to wear what I want? Sorry, out you go.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by superb View Post
                          The man without wedding clothes represents anyone who does not accept Christ. When at a wedding, there were traditional garments worn. Without the garment, you couldn't stay.
                          So, your invited to a wedding. Free food, celebrating, and you don't even have to bring a gift. Now all you have to do is wear a robe. But you say no. Your in the masters house, at the masters wedding, going to have the masters food. And the master wants you in his robe. But no thanks, I'm going to wear what I want? Sorry, out you go.

                          I can't believe people turn down the invitation.
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                          • #14
                            I think there are far greater numbers in our churches who fit this description than we realise - they are too proud to accept the robe of Christ's righteousness and, like the Jews, are seeking to establish a righteousness of their own - by the things they do - it may be good works, it may be going to church - it may be (and this is the scariest one of all) being happy with Christ's BLESSINGS (as they may think) - but not with Christ Himself - an intellectual or emotional "faith" that does not know true repentance and acceptance of the TRUE gospel. How traic to think that all some people want is forgiveness, a "warm feeling" and a life that is "blessed" - but not Christ as first in their lives.......

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Joe King View Post
                              I can't believe people turn down the invitation.
                              The responsibility of accepting the invitation is that you need to wear the robes..... and that is maybe in today's world.... bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life...
                              The LORD is my Miracle

                              G_d was gracious He has shown favor


                              Hope is a seed
                              God plants in our hearts
                              to remind us
                              there are better things ahead.
                              -Holley Gerth

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