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Matthew 22

Matthew 22

Jesus begins to teach his disciples about the coming Kingdom in parables.

Matthew 22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king [God the Father], which made a marriage for his son [Jesus Christ],  

Many are called and most reject the call

22:3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. 22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. 22:5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:

They slew the prophets and the disciples who called them to sincere repentance and a zeal for God the Father and the Son; to follow and obey them.

22:6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

This is a prophecy about the end of all those who reject a zeal for God; for their own ways, false traditions and idols of men; and a prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem and the destruction of the latter day Ekklesia in the tribulation.

22:7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 22:8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

It is not those who claim to be “God’s people;” but those who do the will of God and who are zealous to learn and keep the whole Word of God; those who are passionately following the Lamb withersoever he goeth: Who are worthy! 

Today’s brethren who reject much scripture and  make idols of men and false traditions will be cast out from being a part of the called out to be a part of his bride by Jesus Christ.  Then God the Father will command that the humble who are zealous for Him be called to the wedding. 

22:9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 22:10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad [weak and poor in worldliness] and good [humble, and absolutely faithfully loyal to God and God’s Word]: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

This is a message that only those of the called out who prove themselves faithful to their Father will be CHOSEN to rise up in the resurrection of first fruits to the Wedding Feast.

We DO NOT have it made just because we are baptized or in some particular group!  We will NEVER attain to the resurrection to spirit by following idols of men

We must overcome in a continual struggle against our natures; replacing our carnal natures with the nature of God our Father. We do that through continual earnest study, prayer and deep thought; and through DOING the things we learn to apply God’s Word in our lives; through Christ-like obedience to God the Father WITHOUT compromise!

The WAY INTO the Kingdom of God, the way TO Salvation; is through the Door of Jesus Christ; and the key to that door is sincere repentance and a diligent effort to overcome all sin.

22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

The wedding garment is the raiment of the righteousness of the whole Word and nature of God; if one is not clothed with the righteousness of Christ; through passionate love and obedience to God the Father and all of his commandments; one cannot enter the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.

Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Those who are called out and accept the call while rejecting any part of the scriptures, and so being without the garments of godly righteousness that covers the spiritual nakedness representing sin: will NOT be in the resurrection to spirit and will NOT be a part of the collective bride of Christ at the Wedding Feast! 

Unless they repent the vast majority of the Ekklesia today will NOT be in the soon coming resurrection to spirit.

Matthew 22:13 Then said the king 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.

The called out to the marriage must first prove their worthiness by diligently working to learn and to keep the whole Word of God and by internalizing the nature of God.  Those who reject scripture for their own wicked imaginations as today’s Laodicean Ekklesia do; shall NOT be a part of the Bride at the Wedding Feast unless they sincerely repent. 

22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Only the diligent overcomer, who focuses on the will and law of God the Father; and who WITHOUT compromise, internalizes the very nature of  God the Father; totally rejecting sin: Will be among the chosen.

God the Father and Jesus Christ are full of mercy and will quickly forgive the sincerely repentant, but THEY WILL NOT tolerate any sin; for sin destroys the people that they love so very much.

To illustrate the point: Would a good parent feed his children a cup of arsenic each week? Of course not, because that is a poison!

God expects elders to feed his flock with the good pasture of his Word; and NOT the poison of compromise with that Good Word! To allow compromise with God’s Word is to feed the flock POISON! To teach tolerance for sin, teaches men to tolerate spiritual poison in God’s temple, his people.  Today they actually reject scripture to teach falsely.

Oh, but a little compromise here or there “for the good of the flock” will not hurt them!  

Have you not read that the sinner is to be rejected from the body for the good of the body and for the good of the sinner so that he might be brought to repentance: for a little tolerated sin poisons the whole body?

1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. 5:2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you

5:3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed

5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

5:6 Your glorying [in tolerating sin] is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

Matthew 22:15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. 22:16 And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. 22:17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

Jesus did not hold back from calling these people what they were 

22:18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? 22:19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

22:20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 22:21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.  22:22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

God’s Kingdom is not of today’s world. We are IN the world, yet not OF the world. As long as we are IN this world, we are to be subject to its authorities and the powers of the world; while still and always putting God FIRST. And IF a law is made that requires us to break any of God’s commandments, we are to flee that nation and go to another city or nation, as our first choice.

Matthew 10:23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

Matthew 22:23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him, 22:24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. 22:25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother: 22:26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh. 22:27 And last of all the woman died also. 22:28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.

Christ answers this question according to a resurrection to spirit. It is an interesting question when referenced to a resurrection to physical life. In the resurrection to physical life will they marry?  will they produce more children? In the case of the law however the answer is clear: all marriages end at death; therefore those in a resurrection to the flesh are free from past marriages.

22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 22:30 For in the resurrection [to spirit] they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven [without sex, being neither male nor female; hence the modern Book of Enoch is a fraud]. 22:31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?  God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. 22:33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.

Can the dead worship God? Can the dead learn any thing? Can the dead save the living?

22:34 But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. 22:35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

Today, the spiritual Ekklesia has departed from this first and greatest commandment and replaced it with the secondary commandment, departing from any zeal for God. 

Yes, we should love mankind, but we should not depart from a love of God and his Word, to learn and to keep it as our FIRST priority!

22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

To love God comes first: Why? Because God is love and loving him and his law, is the foundation of loving humanity!

If we love God; then we will love his law, for his law in BOTH letter and spirit, defines the nature of God.

To reject any scripture or to compromise with God’s commandments is to reject internalizing the very nature of God within us.  Compromise with God’s Word rejects the lead of God’s Spirit and thereby quenches that Spirit; if we do not quickly repent.

22:41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 22:42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.

The Pharisees did not accept Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] as Christ and he asked them what they thought of Christ to teach them that Christ was the son of God and not the literal son of David.

22:43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 22:44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 22:45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?

22:46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

Christ was the God of David, and was called Lord by David. This proves that Christ was the God of Israel who spoke to Moses and the very Creator; as well as the sacrificial Passover Lamb of God who gave himself FOR HIS creation! 

The Unitarian approach says that Jesus did not pre-exist his human birth; what is the logical end of that argument? 

1.  If Jesus was the son of Joseph and Mary, then he was not the Son of God, but the son of Joseph and Mary.  That throws out the scriptures for it is written that Jesus was the only begotten of God the Father and the Son of God. 

2.   If Jesus was produced by the Father’s sperm combining with Mary’s egg we have several issues 

A.  As it is written, spirits are neither male or female. Spirits have no sex and cannot reproduce sexually. 

B.  You have God the Father committing adultery with Mary,  Since she was not the Father’s wife and was the espoused wife of another. 

C  You are calling Christ a bastard since he would have been conceived by adultery. 

Unitarianism is a form of Hellenic Rabbinic reasoning which has the practical effect of rejecting the divinity of Christ and his Messiah-ship. 

The truth is that man was made after the God kind, and the very Creator gave up his God-hood to be made flesh and was inserted into the womb of Mary as a human being in its smallest form by God the Father; in the same sense that a human embryo can be inserted into a surrogate mother today. 

John 1:14    And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,

Jesus was the son of David in the fact that Mary his surrogate mother was of the Davidic line; however he was God made flesh and placed in Mary by God the Father without any need for, or use of an egg from Mary.  Jesus was the Creator God made flesh!  He was NOT the natural offspring of Mary!  Therefore David called him Lord!

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