What does 'Many are called but few are chosen' in Matthew 22:14 mean?


Matthew 22:14

ESV - 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
This statement is the conclusion to the Parable of the Wedding Feast. Jesus spoke this parable to show what the kingdom of heaven will be like when the end of the age comes. In the parable, the kin...

July 01 2013 7 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Bob Hall Married best friend, Dad- 6, GDad- 17, GrGdad- 3, 1 Poodle
When I was growing up in Queens, NYC in the 40's and 50's, baseball was the game of choice for young guys like me. We would gather together at Sunnyside Park and choose up sides. Normally, we never had enough to field full 9 man teams, so we called out to anyone within earshot to come play. Few to none, of the called out ones, came over to the field. So we ended up choosing only the ones that were there. Many were called, but you had to show up to be chosen.

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
The external call goes to all people. But only the elect experience the internal call.” Guy Waters

Another way of saying this is that God issued a general call to all people, all sinners (Ro 3:23 --"... all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God") as an invitation to come to His feast (salvation). But it is a specific election that also comes into play here—this involves the people who accept His gracious invite.

There is a balance between God’s sovereignty and man’s free will, which is shown in this, Jesus’ parable. Man (mankind) is responsible for responding to God’s invite. Jesus tells here of the indifferent (Mt 22:5 "But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business"—whose response was ridicule), the ruthless (Mt 22:6 --"while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them") who were rebellious, and the self-righteous (Mt 22:12 "He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless." --The guest who has no reply: when asked why he has no wedding clothes, the man cannot respond.

Ryrie Study Bible & Harold Wilmington

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