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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.

Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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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


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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.

September 28 2021 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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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) 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—whose response was ridicule), the ruthless (Mt 22:6) who were rebellious, and the self-righteous (Mt 22:12 --The guest who has no reply: when asked why he has no wedding clothes, the man cannot respond. RSB & HW

September 29 2021 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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