God lets anyone enter his kingdom, but he doesn’t allow them to come any old way they please.

But when the king came in to see the wedding guests, he saw a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But he had nothing to say. Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth!’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Matthew 22.11-14 NET

To participate in the party without the appropriate clothing means to lack the necessary preparation — faith and obedience — that the Lord requires. Continue reading

When Christ’s word doesn’t agree with our idea, we immediately conclude that it must mean something else. After all, our idea is right!

But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.”
Matthew 15:15 NET

In chapter 13 Jesus explained everything to the crowds by parables, without which he taught nothing. Now, the Lord makes a clear and direct statement. Peter, however, doesn’t understand it, because it contradicts everything that he has learned. He thinks that, if it disagrees with his opinion, it must then be a parable, with a meaning besides the obvious.

This is why he asks the Lord to explain the “parable,” when it is no such thing.

We do the same. When Christ’s word doesn’t fit our theology, it then must be a figure of speech, or limited to that age, or an insertion by later disciples and therefore not genuine.

Anything besides a word that contradicts us!