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Could you please explain the verse... for many be called, but few chosen. Thank you.
Each of these parables, in fact most that Jesus told, start off, "The kingdom of heaven is like..." Each of Jesus parables generally is being used to illustrate one point in a way as to make it memorable. One thing to remember about the majority of Jesus' ministry: His message was directed to the Jewish people
In the first case, the landowner offers the same wage to each worker regardless of the length of their workday. The ones that worked the longest were the Jews. The one who work only one hour are the Gentiles. They both are welcomed into the kingdom despite all the work the Jews did for centuries, now the Gentiles will be able to share in the blessings of the kingdom.
In the latter case, the invitees spurned the invitation to the wedding of the king's son. Jesus, The Kin if The Jews, invited His own people to accept Him as their Messiah. "He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:"Joh 1:11-12 (KJVA)
As many as receive Him, Jew or Gentile, must come, clothed in The Righteousness of Christ. It is not our own righteousness. "And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:"
So the man who was judges, was not clothed in Jesus' righteousness.
The call was made to the Jews. But for a few Jewish believers, the vast majority rejected their Messiah. Many were called. Only a few were chosen. In this, the Church age, the call is universal to MANY. But Jesus states "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
Read John carefully, you'll find more about God's choosing.
Blessings, Anthony, in Jesus' Precious name.
, Jesus tells a parable.
:1For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
The landowner hires laborers at various times during the day, each agreeing to the wage that was offered. Finally, one hour before quitting time, he hires more workers at the same wage.
When those hired early heard that the latecomers got the same wage for 1 hour that they got for working all day, they indignantly accused the landowner of being unfair and demanded "fairness" of wage. The landowner replied, "Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen."
Jesus tells another parable. "The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come."
However the people who were invited, refused to come and the king destroys them for snubbing the marriage of his son. Then the king told his servants to go out to the streets and invite those who had not been invited to the wedding. Now all those who came to the wedding were given a special garment to wear. On guest refused to wear the special garment and the king said to him, "Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 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. For many are called, but few are chosen."
Now the payoff...
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