"Thou God seest me" is sweet music. Sounds absurd. Justification by faith is not contrary to the production of good works: God forbid. There is no darkness so dark as the darkness of the man who once saw light. Then the judge said, "Cast him," fling him like a useless, worthless thing. What eyes are those of Omniscience! What is said of it? There are definitely two parts to this parable, the first mirrors the concepts of our ...read more, Denomination: What is that to you? Kansas City, Missouri 64118, © 2017 The Spurgeon Center and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. When the king came into the banqueting chamber he saw the guests, and they also saw him. Here is an enemy at the feast; here is the king at the feast; that king becomes the judge at the feast; and hence the enemy becomes the criminal at the feast; and swiftly is removed by the executioner at the feast. "Depart ye cursed," is only love repelling that which is not lovely, it is only justice giving to man what his fallen nature craved after.  (view more) All the invited guests would be offered the wedding garment. It is possible that none of the guests may have noticed the man's garments; the parable makes no remark upon any expostulations made to him by others; perhaps they were all so taken up with the sight of the king, and so glad to be at the feast themselves, that they had no heart to make remarks upon others. Changes in the conditions of the church, changes in the condition of the individual, all sorts of providential events go to make up the great sieve by which the wheat and the chaff are separated. 22: 1-14 Page 3 2. John 11:38-44. All times and periods do not reveal character. Do let it be a matter of solemn anxiety with each one. With that garment on us every action and every word is examined. 4 Again, he sent Apparently the parable of the marriage feast would have been complete without this addition, but there was infinite wisdom in appending this sequel. There is a vagabond brought before the magistrate accused of theft, he says he is perfectly innocent, but he is convicted and has to suffer for it; after him comes a bragging fellow, who says, "I do not make any profession of being honest, I rob anybody I can, and I mean to do so, I do not pretend to keep the law." Get the festal robe today! You who do not say you are Christians, who confess you are not, you avow yourselves the enemies of Christ; get no comfort therefore out of this parable I pray you, but yield yourselves to the Saviour, and believe in him, for he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. There is a twist to the story that can turn up side down our familiar understanding and reveal something new. THE WEDDING GARMENT. ID. Go where your hearts were; depart from me, you cursed." If he did not mean to be of one heart with his fellow guests and his lord, why did he come? Where? Denomination: II. She is not that one, for she is not even a member of the church, and therefore it cannot concern her; but many like her write bitter things against themselves. Then came the "gnashing of teeth," caused by wrath and envy because he could do no more mischief. but yet how sweetly doth he reveal himself to our souls and unveil his eternal love. We desire to abide for ever beneath the divine inspection, for it is an inspection of unbounded love. The wedding garment is given to every believer at the instant of conversion and it is worn by every believer all the time. III. Have I anyone here in such a condition of heart, that while he has been sinning by making a false profession, and knows it, yet he sullenly refuses to confess his fault? His dealings were personal with him alone: "How camest thou in hither, not having on the wedding garment?" All are invited to the kingdom of heaven, without exception. But we might with equal truth say that the wedding dress is a holy character, the imparted righteousness which the Holy Spirit works in us, and which is equally necessary as a proof of grace. I am not now speaking of any who have fallen into sin and have suffered our rebuke, or have been separated from us by excommunication and yet remain in the congregation; I mean others of you whose lives are all that could be desired openly, and yet there is a worm at the heart of your profession; you are not vitally godly, you have a name to live, and you keep that name untarnished as yet, but you are dead. Matthew 22:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Denomination: Oh, may God grant that not one here may come under the lash of this terrible parable, but may we be found of the Lord in peace in the day of his appearing. Assembly Of God. I wonder what other weddings may occur sometime in the next 95 years that may be more extravagant Cast him away. I. Hence it may be said to be Christ's righteousness imputed to us, for alas, many nominal Christians kick against the doctrine of justification by the righteousness of the Saviour and set up their own self-righteousness in opposition to it. Baptist. If you have never come to Jesus, come now; if you have never sought holiness of life, seek it now. An old Baptist preacher’s story tells of a parishioner who greeted his minister at the close of the service with the same observation, Sunday after Sunday: “You really gave it to them today, Preacher!” Over time, the minister became concerned that this parishioner never This is seen practically in the experience of the church of God. A lion may lie all day asleep, you may scarce know but what it is tame; but when the night brings the time for it to go forth to its prey, then it howls, and displays its ferocity. God provides the garments of salvation, the wedding clothes to wear at His banquet. See to thyself! The wedding garment is simply mentioned here as being a test of loyalty to those who came to the marriage feast, and as a mode by which rebellion was avowed and loyalty made apparent. At times Jesus spoke in parables. Only when the king came in and said, "Take him away," had the insolent rebel any idea of removing. The wedding garment was a token of respect to Him who had provided the feast and presided over it-judge this day whetheryou have on the wedding garment, by enquiring whether you honor and reverence the Lord God and labor to be obedient to Himin all things. Link included to formatted text, audio, and PowerPoint Template. It seems to me that our Lord intended much more than any one thing. He sees our faults, it is to remove them; he notes our imperfections, it is to cleanse them away. As the Ethiopian cannot change his skin, nor the leopard his spots, so when sin has reached its height the man cannot bend, or bow, or retrace his steps. What a joyous sight, a vision of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory as he appears in the gospel, feasting us upon his fatlings. "How camest thou in hither? The Wedding Garment. We are led to view the King himself as continually judging professors and detecting the rebels who place themselves among the saints; by this judgment of God men are taken away from the church in their transgressions, bound hand and foot, and cast into the outer darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. In the verses preceding the text we read, “After these things, Jesus spake to them again in parables, and said, A certain king made a supper for his son. A perspective on Matthew 22: 1-14. Wedding-garment (2 Occurrences) Matthew 22:11 But when the king came in to behold the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding-garment: (ASV WBS) Matthew 22:12 The wedding garment represents anything which is indispensable to a Christian, but which the unrenewed heart is not willing to accept, anything which the Lord ordains to be a necessary attendant of salvation, against which selfishness rebels. A. Did I hear a whisper in some one's mind, "Well, if I am unfit to be a church member, there are a great many others who are in the same condemnation." Let thy charity begin at home. I do not think he represents at all a person who enters the church through ignorance, with a sincere but ignorant intention, but he pourtrays one who makes a profession without care to make it true—willfully despising the Lord's commands. He cries aloud, “Be holy, and be happy; happy in this world, and happy in the world to come.” “Holiness becometh his house for ever!” This is the wedding garment of all that are called to “the marriage of the Lamb.” The guest in his own clothes was a speckled bird amongst that company, it was possible for him even then to have become one of them; but he would not, he continued to defy the King. Over the past few weeks, we have been working through a number of challenging parables in Matthews Gospel, and we are again faced with another this morning. "Through a glass darkly," I grant you we behold him, for as yet we are not fit to behold the full splendour of his Godhead! He was speechless; he could not have chosen a worse place, nor a more impertinent method of ventilating his disloyalty than that which he selected; there was nothing he could say in self-defense. In this act of rebellion, he went as far in opposition as they did who would not come at all, and he went a little further, for in the very presence of the guests and of the king he dared to declare his disloyalty and contempt. Observe, dear brethren, that the King has special times for this. There is none in heaven or earth thought more despicable, more fit to be thrown away as rubbish and offal, than a man who had a Christian name, but had not the essentials of the Christian nature. Confess your sins and be baptised then profess your faith and seek a closer walk with the Lord. 1. a. 9: 7-8 , 23-24 … Records first two of those promises were fulfilled. To sit with my dear brethren and rejoice in their love is exceedingly delightful; but the best wine is fellowship with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. One of our greatest joys is to sing—, What would church fellowship be if it had not the fellowship of God with it? If there has been no visitation of the church before for purposes of love or judgment—for they go together—we shall be quite sure to have such a visit from the great Lord himself at this time. He gives us ministers a better office, he bids us be his heralds of mercy. God's furnace is in Zion, and there is good need for it, for the gold is yet in the ore and needs to be separated from the dross. The Wedding Garment— Here you see the picture of the man who was insolent enough to come into the church without being a Christian, and now for ever he gnashes with his teeth against that glorious Majesty of heaven which it will never be in his power to injure, but which it will always be in his heart to hate; and this will be his hell—that he hates God, this his darkness—that he cannot see beauty in God, and this the outerness of the darkness—that he cannot enter into God's will. I am as concerned about myself as about you, that I should be found "accepted in the Beloved;" lest after having preached to others I myself should be a castaway! An incarnate God makes God visible to us and makes us happy in the sight. The man was conspicuous, not for what he had, but for what he had not. Matthew 22:1-14, Isaiah 61:10, Denomination: We are speaking of The Garments of the Believer, and this morning, The Wedding Garment. It is given to those who place their faith in Jesus alone for salvation, Eph. The wedding garment represents anything which is indispensable to a Christian, but which the unrenewed heart is not willing to accept, anything which the Lord ordains to be a necessary attendant of salvation, against which selfishness rebels. The gesture would be offensive, a sign that the guest is oblivious to the significance of his invitation. ...read more. But this is certain, that the king detected at once the absence of what was requisite to the marriage feast. He had committed a suicidal intrusion. Language- what we say with words is a mere fraction of what we actually say when engaged in communication. A personal account of a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace illustrating Jesus’ parable of the Wedding Garment. There are many things He who comes to comfort all that mourn comes at the same time to smite the rebellious with a rod of iron. 5001 North Oak Trafficway What business hast thou here? Here was a man, then, who came into the Gospel feast, and yet refused to comply with the command which related to that feast. ...read more, Denomination: So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' The day of comfort to his saints is also the day of vengeance of our God. He made his brow as brass and hardened his heart as adamant, and forced his way into a position where his seditious spirit would be able to display itself conspicuously. How thankful I am that the servants who brought them in are not the same who were commanded to take them away. Ah, my dear hearers, as the pastor of this church it has been a very great joy to me to see our numbers increased; many have been added to us, and many have gone forth from us to form other churches; my joy has been constant in God concerning this matter. The Wedding Garment (sermon) The Wedding Garment Matthew 22: 1-14 What we wear says something about what we think, who we are, or at least what we would like others to think about us. It is idle to dispute whether the wedding garment is faith or love, as some have done, for all the graces of the Spirit and blessings of the covenant go together. He had no objection to be there, to eat the dainties, or recline upon the seats, and see the pomp and the show, but he was only in it, and not of it; he was there in body, but not in spirit. Invitations were sent out to invite the king’s friends and select subjects. And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? I found it quite "Bind him hand and foot and take him away." Surely it was because he was convicted of open, undeniable disloyalty. We have the ordinances always, but we do not always enjoy the God of ordinances. “He saw a man which had not on a wedding garment” (v . All of you, then, who are members of the Church and believe in God have indeed come to the marriage, but you are without a wedding garment if you discard the cloak of charity. "Into outer darkness" far from the banquet hall where torches flame and lamps are bright; drive him out into the cold, chilly midnight air. Sin made him incapable of repentance. The Wedding Crasher Lenten Sermon Series: Following Jesus through the Gospel of Matthew. Those not clothed in wedding garments are cast out into outer darkness. Outer darkness = sufferings of hell. I dare not dwell upon the topic. He is a man willing to be saved by grace, and professing to be so, but refusing to acknowledge his duty to God and his obligations to the Son. ", Many a time the question has been asked: "What was the wedding garment?" He resolved to yield no homage, but to assert his independent self-sovereignty. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. The parable may be discoursed upon under five heads. But now, lastly, while he stood speechless in the king's presence, the king gave place to THE EXECUTIONER, for he uttered these words, "Bind him hand and foot." A great and most solemn coming in of the King to see the guests is, when having looked over the church, unknown to us, he decides that such and such a hypocrite has had space enough for repentance and time enough for mischief, and must now be summoned to the dread tribunal by death. This persistence he retained though he probably knew the fate of those who had refused to come. He said within his soul, "I care nothing for this marriage. These providences are the King's coming in to scrutinize the guests. Matthew 22:1-14 He knew that the king had sent forth his armies and destroyed those wicked men who had molested his messengers, and yet he dared to recline at his ease in the very teeth, and defying the terrible power of the monarch. We have picked out tuxedos, she has picked out her dress and the brides maids dresses, we had to determine who was going to be in the wedding and the list goes on and on. What could have induced thee so maliciously to defy me? Amen. In their dying hours false professors have often found that they could not pray, and could not repent; like dying Spira, that arch-hypocrite and apostate, they have been sensible of misery, but not penitent, and no gospel promise has availed to comfort them. Was it not indeed the chief point of the entire festival'? When he came to the door of the feast, he found the guests all putting on the garment suitable for the marriage banquet. In one word, we put on Christ, and he is "made of God unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.". You see, then, how the Lord sifts us. "The king came in to see his guests." All the essentials of the Christian character may be understood as making up the great wedding garment. Attachment Size; View or Download PDF: 480.55 KB: View or Download Mobi: 21.65 KB: View or Download HTML: 26.08 KB: Wesley Center Online. While others cheerfully put on this wedding dress the traitor would not; he resolved to defy the rules of the palace, and to insult the king by appearing in his own garments. To all the rest at the festival he was the king, the beloved monarch, the munificent donor of a splendid banquet, and all eyes feasted as they looked at him: it was joy enough to behold the king in his beauty, and to see his Son with all his royal jewels on, attired for the wedding feast; but he was a judge to the hypocritical intruder. Was there no other bread that you could put into your wicked mouths but the bread that represents the body of my Son? Search ye yourselves; do not from this tabernacle descend into hell; let your prayer be, "Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men." Matthew 22:1-14, Isaiah 64:6, Genesis 3, Revelation 7:9, Revelation 7:14, Philippians 3:9, John 3, Romans 3:10, Isaiah 1:18, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23, John 14:6, Revelation 19:5-9 So far as unworthy guests are concerned, the times of God's visitation are those seasons when character is manifested. Presbyterian/Reformed, Understanding the requirements that a person must possess in order to be a part of the Kingdom of God, Matt 22:1-14 We’re beginning a series of sermons based on questions submitted by the people of this congregation, as well as questions from people in the churches at Spring Creek, Pisgah and Walton. The coming of the Christ fulfilled the last of God’s promises to Abraham. You who are most assuredly right will probably be suspicious that you are not, and you who are insincere and have never submitted yourselves to the will of God will probably say, "What does it matter? Catholic. A Sermon Delivered On Sunday Morning, February 19, 1871, By C. H. Spurgeon, At The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. The vital need for obedience to the Lord’s invitation for us to benefit from His provisions and to do works meet for salvation are eloquently emphasized in the parable of the Wedding Garment. Those who are permitted to see large additions to the church will find this parable of the wedding garment to be singularly appropriate and timely. Had you nowhere else to sin in that you must needs sin in the church? To smite me in my tenderest point, and mock my guests, and trample on my son? They end Friend you can wear no other garment to the wedding except the righteousness of Jesus. Now the lesson study this week asked us, they said, alright read through Matthew 21. The King has his times of coming in. If a man is not saved by the righteousness of Christ, why does he profess to be a believer in Christ? Custom sways them, and not sincere faith. IV. I give you the text; I pray that your conscience may preach the sermon. Have you sent your RSVP? Note how he spoke with him. The Wedding Garment When are these times? How Is It fair to throw the poor guy out in the street? One would think an honor at best just There are four truths about this garment that we need to consider this morning.) Here was a man then who came into the gospel feast, and yet refused to comply with the command which related to that feast. The Sermons of John Wesley (1872 Edition) Language English And he was speechless. Friend indeed! These are glad times to his people, but they are trying times to the mass of professors. It was a mutual revelation. Could you assail me nowhere else but through the wounds of my only-begotten Son? Now it will be after the time of revival which we are feeling just now, when I hope a great many will be added to the church, that the Lord will search and sift us. The King's presence is known to believers in the joy which they feel, but it is made known to hypocrites by his cutting them off and appointing them their portion in eternal woe. This, I say, was the crowning point of the entire banquet. What kind of wedding garments do we need to be acceptable in the Kingdom of Heaven? “The kingdom of heaven” is like a certain king who planned a large festive wedding for his son. John Wesley's Sermon on the Wedding Garment. There was no procedural compliance in terms of the man’s dress which is symbolic that he was not clothed in his white baptismal garment (saved). Parables begin as earthly stories, speaking about things we are familiar with, like a wedding banquet. I will make sport of it; I will intrude myself into that feast and show my contempt. On the Wedding Garment (Sermon 120) John Wesley "How camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment Matt. By Pastor Jim May The man in our parable wanted to be accepted as a Christian and live opposite of his calling. Last year the world was dazzled by what has been called the “Wedding of the Century”. Yield at once. Come hither friend, I must not let you go. The Wedding Garment: 5/7/2017 (SUN) | Bible: Matthew 22:1-14. Scripture: If a man does not intend to yield himself up to God's will, why does he profess to be of God's church? I would like to bring to your attention that the parable of the wedding feast as read in Matthew 22:1-14 implies that there is a wedding feast / party awaiting all those who accept Jesus Christ as their lord and savior and there is a strict dress code for the feast, otherwise the master does not In one word, we put on Christ, and he is "made of God unto … Imagine missing Heaven because you wore the wrong clothes! He stood speechless. Pentecostal. Wood, hay, and stubble building is quick work, but it is a waste of effort; we need continually to examine our materials, and see that we use only gold, silver, and precious stones. But something as simple as that will damn millions, because they want to wear their own righteousness rather than that which Jesus provided. Tabs. As here, in our own country, at a funeral, each mourner is expected to put on the articles of mourning which are provided, so at the wedding feast each person was expected to wear the bridegroom's favours, the garment which, as a badge, marked him as an attendant at the wedding, and as one who rejoiced in it. So may the Lord say to some of us. Too many professors pacify themselves with the idea that they possess imputed righteousness, while they are indifferent to the sanctifying work of the Spirit. They thus reveal their self-will, their enmity to God, and their nonsubmission to his Son. But he could not; and the tears that came after the king had pronounced the sentence where no tears of penitence, but only of despairing pride. "Get away from me, ye did not honor me; when ye did come to me it was with your lips only. John Bunyan's description of the man dragged by seven devils, bound with cords, comes up before my mind. Isaiah 25:6-10, Psalms 23, Philippians 4:12-20, Matthew 22:1-14. ...read more, Scripture: 3-23-58 8:15 a.m. Now the message this morning is a conclusion of the sermon of last Sunday morning at this early hour. Copyright © 2003-2021 | Outreach, Inc., All rights reserved. Cast him into outer darkness. Such will dare to use the forms of godliness, and yet their hearts are full of rebellion against the Lord. 976) Delivered on Lord's-day Morning, February 19th, 1871 by C. H. SPURGEON, At the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington "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? 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." Note: The Lenten Sermon series will come from some of John Wesley's sermons. Site by Mere. John Armstrong. ...read more, Scripture: The fact is, if we wish for the blessings of grace, we must in our hearts submit to the rules of grace without picking and choosing. The king did not provide the banquet and leave his guests to eat by themselves, but he "came in," and into every gospel church gathered according to his command the King will come. If her Majesty the Queen were entertained by one of her nobles, he would be in waiting, and at the threshold would meet her; but when a superior entertains an inferior the inferior may take his seat at the table, and when all is ready the noble host will come in. The wedding garment was, moreover, a token of honor for the Prince. May God grant that this subject may have a heart-searching effect. HE WHO WAS BOUND IN THE GRAVE CLOTHES CAME FORTH ALIVE. Didst thou intend such daring insolence? No evidence was required; he had come there on set purpose with malice aforethought to display his disloyalty, and had done so in the presence of the King. Fall at the King's feet at once. It was not only that he had no excuse, but he would not confess his wrong. Dr. W. A. Criswell. So the offense of this man who was thrown out, was that he wore his own clothes, instead of the celebratory wedding garment. He came into the banquet when he was bidden, but he came only in appearance, he came not in heart. His sin lay, first of all, in coming in there at all without the wedding garment. And he was speechless" (Matthew 22:11-12 Matthew 22:11-12 [11] And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: [12] And he said to him, Friend, how came you in here not having a wedding garment? Is Your Preaching Missing This Key Component. Judas exemplified in his own person this character. 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