22nd March 2019

God’s All-Pervading Grace

“So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.”
Matthew 22:10 (NIVUK)

When we study a section of the Bible, it’s often helpful to bear in mind the underlying currents of thought that run through Scripture. These are ideas such as salvation, love and grace.

The idea of grace is throughout the parable of the Wedding Feast. The king reminds people of his invitation just as God reminds us of our invitation to grace. No one has prepared the meal—the king arranges everything.

The wedding garment section is of particular interest in this regard. We understand that God grants us the clothes of righteousness. We don’t acquire them by ourselves. “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you” (Zechariah 3:4), and, in reference to the Bride of the Lamb, “Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear” (Revelation 19:8). In the parable, how did everyone find a garment to wear? Would those who were unprepared have been provided with a garment to wear? When the king sees someone without the wedding garment, he still speaks to him, still offering a chance for him to put on the garment, and yet the man continues to refuse grace.

God’s desire is that no one should perish, and that all should receive eternal life. All get invited, “the bad as well as the good” (Matthew 22:10).

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for the grace that you pour out upon us throughout our lives. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by James Henderson
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James Henderson is the European Superintendent of Grace Communion International.

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