|Matthew 22 |
1 And Jesus spoke to them again by parables and said,
2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king, who made a marriage for his son,
3 And sent forth his servants to call those who were called to the wedding, and they would not come.
4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, 'Behold, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fattened cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage.'
5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his business.
6 And the remainder took his servants, treated them spitefully and killed them.
7 And when the king heard of it, he was angry, and he sent forth his armies and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8 Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you can find, invite them to the marriage.'
10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they found, both bad [diseased or blind] and good; and the wedding was furnished with guests. [No evil people are invited to the wedding feast in heaven, where only the undefiled and holy enter as verse 22 below shows that the impure are banned. See Footnote 2 to Luke 14:23 for more detail and full explanation of this parable.]
11 But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man who did not have on a wedding garment.
12 And he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here and not have a wedding garment?' And he was speechless.1 [The white wedding garment is a white robe, washed in the blood of the Lamb; for those who walk in the light as He is in the light are cleansed by the blood of Jesus. 1 John 1:7. Who are born of God cannot sin; they have been freed from all sin, even the desire to sin. The confronted guest without a white garment was speechless because although he had died still sinning, when alive, he had been told by his preacher that he was righteous and would go heaven because he believed in Jesus being his Lord.]
13 Then the king said 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.' [This is being banned from heaven, which all who die while still sinning experience.]
14 For many are called, but few are chosen." [Every person is anonymously called by God to depart from evil on their day of visitation when Christ, the light given to every man so that he might believe, preaches the gospel in them; He knocks at every person's door, (heart). The vast majority of people ignore His anonymous call to turn from evil because they love their selfish lifestyle and have no love of the truth about their evil ways. Thus they deny and hate the truth; thus they deny and hate Christ. The few who do heed His anonymous pleas, loving the truth, turn from evil to then be chosen by God to receive more of His Spirit in return; God gives them a taste of His goodness by revelation, which creates the hunger and thirst in them for more of Him — thus to seek Him with all their heart and soul. From the Word of the Lord within: "Every man has heard the call to repent." But it is a gentle, anonymous call to forsake their evil ways. You might ask, why anonymous? What a man hears and/or sees is the truth of his ways; if he heeds the call, he has an appreciation and love of the truth; if he ignores the call, he hates the truth. Thus it is a test of those who love the truth or love their evil ways. From the Word of the Lord within: "Many people use the visitation of this web site to remove the blocking of past visitations. People can't come in fear; they have to come in love. " Only through love, can the cross be endured to death of one's selfish spirit.]
15 Then the Pharisees assembled and consulted how they might entangle him in his talk.
16 And they sent out to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, "Master, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God in truth, neither do you show partiality for any man; for you do not regard the position of men.
17 Tell us therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful to give tribute [taxes] to Caesar or not?"
18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness and said, "Why do you tempt me, you hypocrites?
19 Show me the tribute money." So they brought a penny to him.
20 And he said to them, "Whose is this image and inscription?"
21 And they said to him, "Caesar's." Then he said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's."
22 When they heard these words, they marveled, and left him and went their way.
23 The same day the Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,
24 Saying, "Master, Moses said, 'If a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up children for his brother.'
25 Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first, when he had married a wife, died, and having no children, left his wife to his brother.
26 Likewise the second also, and the third, to the seventh.
27 And last of all the woman also died.
28 Therefore in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be, for they all had her [as a wife]?"
29 And Jesus answered and said to them, "You err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
31 But in regard to the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying,
33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they gathered together.
35 And one of them, who was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, saying,
36 "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?"
37 And Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.' [Until your selfish, evil human spirit has been killed and crucified on the inward cross of self-denial, it is impossible to love God with all your heart, soul, and strength; and if you think otherwise, you are living in presumption. The beginning of love for God is to listen for His words to you, heed Him, and obey Him. Anything else is the lip service of the hypocrites. Your defiled heart must first be cleansed through repentance on the cross to love God with all your heart.]
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' [Unless you have hated your life, and gone to the Lord to wait on Him and obey Him until your selfish human spirit has been crucified, it is impossible to love your neighbor as yourself. Any other supposed way is deception. Man is a fallen, selfish creature, and until a man has been restored to the image of God's righteousness and holiness, he does not even understand what love is. Your defiled heart must first be cleansed through obedience on the inward cross of self-denial to love your neighbor as yourself.]
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."2
41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
42 Saying, "What do you think of the Christ? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "The son of David."
43 And he said to them, "Then how does David in spirit call him Lord, saying,
45 If David calls him Lord, how is he his son?"3
46 And no man was able to answer him a word, nor from that day forward did any man dare to ask him any more questions.
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1 What missing wedding garment? A white robe washed in the blood of the lamb. And he said to me, "These are those who came out of great tribulation and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Rev 7:14. The white robe symbolizes purity: Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; Dan 12:10, Rev 19:7-8; the believers having been purified through suffering. Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind because he who has suffered in the flesh is finished with sin, so that you should not live the rest of your time in the flesh in the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 1 Pet 4:1-2. Tribulation is not a hard day at the office, a car wreck, or some natural difficulty; it is unmistakably, supernaturally imposed. See Tribulation for additional details.
2 You can't obey any of these commandments without being changed to be like Him. You can't be perfect unless he makes you perfect, no matter how hard you try. You can't love your neighbor as yourself unless He helps you, no matter how hard you try. You can't love your enemies without His help. You can't love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, no matter how hard you try — unless He helps you with his unmerited favor — grace. This is not done by reading the Bible, Bible study groups, praying, fasting, singing, listening to sermons, or trying, etc. You get this ability to keep all his commands, (perfection), — by grace. Grace is accessed through our faith in what we hear spoken to us by the Spirit. Grace is not instant or one-time; grace is a process. Grace is a teaching of us to live righteously, soberly, and godly in this present world by denying ungodliness and worldly lusts — repentance; this takes time. He will only give you personalized commands you are capable of keeping, and he will strengthen you along the way so that you can keep increasingly difficult commands. Christ, through the Holy Spirit, convicts you of sin by showing you what is in your heart, convinces you of the righteousness of Christ by teaching about himself, and finally judges you. John 16:8. This conviction of sin is by the Living Word of God.
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 129:23-24
You get his help by going to Him and getting quiet so you can hear him. If you are busy telling him everything you want him to do for you, how can he teach you? It is that simple. He is the Teacher. You must go to him. You must wait on him — in humble silence as a sinner in need of his changing power — grace. Wait, watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey. He is the Light given to all men so that they might believe the truth of what He reveals to you. He is in you, chained down, waiting for you to seek to listen to him. And as you sit and wait for him, you will hear him and the Light will show you things about yourself that are not pretty, which is conviction, allowing you to repent; and if you love the Light, you will regret what the Light shows you, and you will receive strength to be different from then on. This is the operation of grace — the cleansing, purifying, perfecting process of grace. With the Light, you will not only hear, but also eventually see Christ, your Teacher. And after purification, he and the Father come to establish their Kingdom in your heart; and you step into paradise — while still on the earth.
3 The Christ was prophesied to be the son of David, coming out of the root of Jesse, the father of David. Jesus asked the Pharisees, "How could David's Lord possibly be his son, the Christ?" The answer is that Jesus was the creator in the heavens who created the earth and heaven, long before he came in the flesh to the earth. As well, there is a piece of the infinite Jesus in each man; he is the light given to all men that who come into the world so they might believe. This spirit of Jesus in us is chained down by our lusts and pride; but as you seek the changing grace of God, this spirit grows until He finally appears in your heart, to become your true Lord in word and deed. So, Christ was David's Lord in spirit, and He was in David; and Jesus Christ was David's descendant son when he later came in the flesh.
There is an even greater mystery to David's statement: "The Lord said to my Lord." Are there two Lords?—no, Jesus who fills the heavens and earth, spoke to the Spirit of Jesus in David; however, both are the same Spirit, just different manifestations of Christ. The Spirit of Christ had grown in David to where he reached perfection. However, David's Old Covenant perfection was like Adam's perfection, still capable of falling to temptation; and fall David did over Bathsheba. In the New Covenant, Jesus made possible the forever cleansing, perfection, and sanctification now available to those who are born again to become sons of God; they are protected from ever sinning again — a permanent perfection.
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