Matthew 22:11,12,13 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

     Some say that emotions are the clothing of the soul.  There are beliefs about the soul that Jewish people hold that put Jesus’ parable of the wedding banquet (Matthew 22:1-14)  in a whole different context; “In a human being the clothing of the soul takes three separate levels: thought, speech and action . . . . Thought is the most inner garment, with speech the next, and action the most extraneous garment. This is a fundamental reality . . . .  Until a person learns to understand that his essential make-up is clothed in these three levels of thought, speech and action, he does not understand how to utilize these three levels of garments and in fact learn to change them.”

     Barnes’ Notes explains; “In ancient times, kings and princes were accustomed to make presents of changes of raiment to their friends and favourites, to refuse to receive which was an expression of highest contempt, Genesis 45:22; II Kings 10:22; Esther 6:8; Esther 8:15. It was, of course, expected that such garments would be worn when they came into the presence of the benefactor.”

      Indeed, our salvation is described as clothing that we have been given to wear at a wedding; “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)  And for those saints who are killed for the Word of God and their testimony (Revelation 6:9); “Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.” (Revelation 6:11)

     Spiritually, not accepting the clothes provided for the wedding feast amounts to casting aside the righteousness we have in Jesus; “A garment of salvation might be his, performed by the hands of the Saviour, and dyed in his blood; but the hypocrite chooses the filthy rags of his own righteousness, and thus offers the highest contempt for that provided in the gospel.” (Barnes’ Notes)  When we understand a little of the cultural background of those in Jesus’ day His parables are more understandable.

     Scripture tells us; “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)  And; “Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” (Romans 13:14)  What clothes you wear is a matter of your own choice – your own free will.  If you’re invited to a wedding you can come in dirty clothes or dressed to show love and respect for your hosts.

     When you go to the great wedding feast in heaven how will you be dressed?  “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” (Revelation 22:17)  You see, everybody knows you have to get dressed up BEFORE the wedding.

     Your eternal salvation depends on it;  “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)

     Praise the Lord!

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