Grace Without Transformation?

One of my favorite parables of the Lord Jesus is the Parable of the Wedding Feast. It is found in Matthew 22 and has direct application to end times. The issue is many were invited to the wedding feast but few were responding, choosing instead to keep doing their own thing…and abusing the ones making the invitation to them!

The Master was angered and said some incredible words…
Matthew 22:9–10 (ESV) 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
…Pretty cool wouldn’t you say!

Grace was being extended to everyone who wanted to come to the feast. The good, the bad, the ugly, the outcast, and those deemed unworthy were all invited and many showed up. That is a picture of grace given all of us to respond to the call to come to Jesus and experience His love and forgiveness.

However, upon inspection of the guest, one is found without proper clothes. The Master’s reaction is swift and somewhat perplexing until you know the whole cultural background.
Matthew 22:11–13 (ESV) 11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

It was the custom of Kings in that day to provide clothes for those attending who could not afford them. This guest had refused the covering and thought he could just walk in under his own terms. It didn’t end well and it will not end well for those who wanted the grace but refuse to accept the transformation of life that goes with it.

Colossians 3:10 (ESV) 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Please do not consider me judgmental, it’s not even close to my heart motive. Part of my calling is to challenge people to examine their salvation and make sure they are in the faith. I am deeply concerned the call of grace being offered today has no transformational context to it. Without new clothes, the end is not good even if you join the party…

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