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Summary: A look at Election and the place of Free Will based on Jesus' words "Many are called but few are chosen" in Matthew 22

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Matthew 22: 1 – 14 (emphasise v. 14)

Jesus said ‘Many are called but few are chosen’.

This raises three questions,

1. on what basis are people ‘chosen’,

2 why are only a ‘FEW chosen’?

and 3 who does the choosing? God alone, or o we have any free will in the matter?

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In the Commentary to this verse,

in the Study Bible that Professor Glen Zweck

was good enough to give me as a present

when I completed my course at Westfield House Lutheran Seminary in Cambridge,

it says:

‘God’s call, His invitation, goes out to all, every human being good or bad,

but His offer of grace is only taken up by “the few”

whose positive response to God’s invitation

marks them as God’s chosen, God’s elect’.

On the other hand, as I understand the Five Points of Calvinism,

God, because of His sovereign will,

predestined some for salvation and eternal life

and the rest of mankind were predestined for judgement and eternal damnation,

before the beginning of time as we know it,

and because His will is irresistible,

the Elect could not refuse His invitation.

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Without going into the pro's and con's of predestination

and the place in all this for mankind's Free Will,

unless Free Will is just an illusion

because our every move is predestined or foreordained,

I am sure that we all are bemused and worried

by the fact

that the majority of people we know and come in contact with every day

refuse to acknowledge God,

have no time for the Bible or Church,

yet still, for the most part, expect to 'go to heaven' if there is one, when they die!

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The section of Matthew’s Gospel that we read today: chapter 22 verses 1-14

contains a Parable about the Kingdom of Heaven,

and the teaching in it is clear:

The king is God;

The king’s servants are angels;

the wedding banquet is heaven;

the guests are mankind;

and the outer darkness is hell.

Those who were admitted to the king’s wedding banquet

were those who accepted the king’s invitation,

the Elect or Saved;

and those who were thrown into the darkness

where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth

were those who did not accept the king’s invitation,

the Lost or Damned.

Sorry if this is not Politically Correct these days.

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I don’t want to argue against those who believe that grace is Irresistible

but to me,

the message of the Parable is that where a soul spends eternity

does not so much depend on God admitting some to heaven

and condemning others to hell,

but on whether a person accepts God’s invitation, or rejects it.

In other words, how they exercise their God-given free will.

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