Matthew 22:11-14. “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 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. For many are called, but few are chosen.”
We need to be clear on the meaning of this part of the parable, since it is often misapplied. We must not give this parable a church application, and consider this marriage feast to be the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. This is clearly stated as a parable of the Kingdom of Heaven in 22:2. Trying to make it a church parable is like trying to fit a jigsaw puzzle piece into a spot that is not quite the right fit. The kingdom of heaven, as we learned in chapter13, is the professing sphere of Christendom. Not all who profess are true believers, and those who are not will be cast into outer darkness. Those who profess do not always possess.
The man without the wedding garment represents those who make an outward profession, but are not true believers in their hearts. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is the wedding garment which those who truly believe in Him put on at the moment of their salvation. Those who have not put on the Lord Jesus Christ are not true believers, but professors only.
How awful to stand before God in that day and to not be covered by the blood of Jesus Christ! Those who profess Christ and still rely on their own goodness for salvation are among the many who are called. Those who truly believe, and come before God in humility, understanding that the only way God can look on us is through the blood of Christ, those are the chosen. Not by works of righteousness, but only by the blood of Christ.
If I could in any way be good enough to achieve heaven on my own, then the death of Christ was a mockery. It didn’t need to take place.