Many are called but few are chosen?

Many are Called BUT few are Chosen?

For many are called, but few are chosenMatt 22:14 (NKJV)

We know how this Scripture literally reads, but does this line up with the known Gospel to you?

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. Jn 3:16-17 nkjv 

Context is always the key! If you only read this verse in English and in isolation then you will misunderstand what is being communicated. I therefore encourage you to read the surrounding verses of Matt ch 22.

I will paraphrase the first 13 verses for you so I encourage you to read them in your own time….

Verses 1-10 is the parable on how the Father calls his servants (the Jews) to the wedding banquet of His son – but they reject the invitation so the Father then invites everyone else (the Gentiles) and they come in to the banquet.

Then in Verses 11-13 Jesus shares how there is a man at the wedding banquet without the wedding garment. The wedding garment represents Jesus righteousness and because the man came in with his own garments this shows that he was in self-righteousness. We know from Is 1:18 that our own righteousness is like filthy rags. He didn’t receive the free gift of Salvation but wanted to enter through his own self-effort. This is the reason why this man was rejected.

Next we come to our verse….

For many are called, but few are chosen. Matt 22:14 (NKJV)

Even when you read this scripture in context of what I have already shared this verse still doesn’t make sense. We saw in the first 13 verses of Matt 22 that God had invited ALL to the wedding banquet but some rejected the invitation. Also another tried to enter through his own self-effort. So in context God had invited all BUT not all accepted the invitation.

When you look at the words in Verse 14 in Greek it makes so much more sense….

1) The word Called in Greek is kletos and means called, or invited (to a banquet). And Strong’s Concordance expands this by saying; “This is an invitation by God in the proclamation of the Gospel to obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom through Christ”.

2) It is important to note that the word “are” that is in front of the word “chosen” in Verse 14 is not in the original text but was added by the translators. Unfortunately, they have misunderstood the nature of God and in adding this word they have changed the meaning.

Now this is where this gets exciting…

3) The word Chosen in Greek comes from another word, eklegomai and means; to choose, choose out, and make the choice.

Therefore verse 14 should more correctly read…

Many are invited (chosen) but few choose or make the choice!

This lines up with the known Gospel! And in context to the parable of the wedding banquet, Salvation was an invitation that many rejected.  All were invited (called) but only a few made the choice to come!

I pray this truth makes you free!

About Nerida Walker

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