Universal Call- a Parable Explained

Jesus testifies of his Father: ‘…he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (Mt.5: 47)

God as the Creator of heaven and the earth reveals his nature not for any group as such but as a whole. In Abraham he chose Israel but his Will, being progressive in nature, required one whose faith was strong to be a conduit for blessings he would pour on the world. His will concerning them we have in the Gospel of John. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son…’Jn.3: 16. He intended to bless all families through Abraham. Abraham was a forerunner of Jesus.

In his Judgment of the ancient world the destruction by the Great Deluge and of cities of the plains these were partial to show the White Throne Judgment that would occur in the end times. Why should the Will be revealed little by little? In the book of Exodus we have God telling Moses, ‘By little by little I will drive them (the Hivite, the Canaanite and the Hittite) out from before thee…(Ex.23: 29-30) He resorted to the changes by degrees for their own good. In our times we can see why. Excessive deforestation in Africa has forced the carriers of deadly virus to make home in new environments as the case of outbreak of malaria dengue fever and Ebola shows us.  He gives the evil time to take note of the times and change ways. God has a positive attitude to his creatures while our carnal wisdom would damn those who resist us with ‘total depravity’! In the vision of Apostle Peter at Joppa we read the voice from heaven telling,’What God hath cleansed, that call thou not as common.’ In order to understand its significance look at the four creatures in heaven (Re.4-5) What conclusion shall we draw from the four creatures? They were holy in his sight. In the so many eyes, they scrupulously examined within and round about to ensure holiness that the Lord required. They were installed in heavenly places as a memorial unto the Lord Almighty, of his holiness in the Act of Creation.

Jesus demonstrated with his life how all encompassing His Father’s love was.

In God’s eyes his Son is endowed with fulness (Jn.1:16) that he radiates. Till all could come to the knowledge of his nature it shall be of slow degrees. But one day the door shall be shut as the parable of the Foolish Virgins teaches us. Now let us examine the subject proper:

Parable of the Marriage of the King’s Son

From many passages in the gospels it becomes clear that Jesus compares himself to the Son whose marriage has come. In him he represented the Kingdom of heaven. When he chose twelve disciples he entrusted them with the task of preaching and the message was unequivocally clear: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand(Mt.10:7)’. It was an universal call for which his Father in heaven had prepared the ground already. The Will of the father was already set in motion signifying the role of the prophets was not merely to encourage the nation of Israel at critical moments pertaining to their history but to something far greater than their history or other nations but for a joyous moment in eternity. Thus chains of events connecting   ministry of Isaiah, Jeremiah, or Joel -indicating outpouring of the Spirit on all flesh, were to draw their eye beyond their immediate circumstances. The Marriage Feast of God the Son was an event to which all other events must flow into.

As with other parables this parable also contains judgment at the end. There is no unlimited election as some sects teach concerning the redemptive plan of God. Price of admittance to the marriage of the Son is the wedding dress issued by the king, no less.

The Spirit has clued us in right from the outset that it was so. Adam and Eve after their transgression ‘sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons (Ge.3:7) Salvation by works would not make any one worthy of partaking the Marriage feast. Also significant is that the fig tree serves as a symbol of the House of Israel. ‘Behold I have prepared my dinner…Come unto the marriage (Mt.22:4).

The Spirit elucidates the Will of the Father as to the kind of dress each guest is expected to put on for occasion. We have a hint of the sacrifice that the Son of man would make “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them(Ge.3:21).”

The chains of events connect the Adam and Eve to the Lamb of God, and the Spirit supplies us with the clue as to the death of Jesus on the cross. The Spirit also prepares us to the symbol of Jesus as the sacrificial lamb in the sacrifice of Abraham on the mount Moriah(Ge.22:13). Seeing such chains of events, clusters of them not merely scattered around as tumbleweeds sent headlong hither and thither but by the Spirit to facilitate the Redemption plan of God the Father, ought to make us pause. You and I have heard the universal call and as such we are mentioned in the book of Life. Whether we heard the call on the highways or in the alleys the important point is to make our calling and election sure.

Till such time the will of God is to  give time for the unsaved and the ungodly opportunities to come to knowledge of God. Towards this he makes his angels, spirits and his ministers a flaming fire. (Ps.104: 4). Heaven and earth are pressed into his service so the fulness of his Son, -his atoning work, has not been in vain. Calvinism would make it Limited Atonement!

benny

 

 

 

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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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