Are you worthy in the world of election?

Many teach that God in His election has chosen men to receive salvation and others He has chosen not to receive salvation.  They teach that those men who have been elected have God’s irresistible grace which they can not refuse.  They must and will become saved, there is no choice about it.  Those who were not elected have no choice but to go to hell, since God never gave them the invitation in the first place.

Funny thing though, Jesus’ theology doesn’t match the theology of these teachers.  Jesus taught that people were bidden, called, elected to come to the great wedding supper of the Lamb but were not found worthy.

Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.[1]

Why were these people not worthy?  Why were they invited in the first place if they were not worthy?  If the Calvinist understanding of election is true, then why did they get the invite in the first place?  They should have never been invited according to Calvin.  Was there unworthiness a condition of election only or was it something involving free will on their part?  It couldn’t be from election for what corruption does God impute to man in election? 

Jesus sets up the story by telling us that a king’s son is getting married and to call those who were invited to come but they would not come.

The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.[2]

We see from the story those who were called to come refused to come.  If God’s election, His grace is irresistible and no man can refuse His sovereign will, how is it those called, those invited refused His election, irresistible grace and His sovereign will?  Not only did they refuse Him once they refused Him again!

Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.  But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:[3]

A second sincere invitation was sent, but Jesus tells us of these people they made light of it.  They made light of His calling, they made light of His electing them to come.  They were not compelled to behave contrary to their own free will and they rejected the invitation.  Apparently God’s sovereign will is not as the Calvinist describe.  They teach that God’s sovereign will no man can resist.  But Jesus is describing to us not just a single rejection but two.  These twice call, twice elected to come are described as making light of the invitation.  And who were these that were called?  Who were they that were elected to come?  Who were they that demonstrates the Calvinist doctrine of irresistible grace is a lie?  Who were they that turns the Calvinist doctrine of God’s sovereignty on its head?  They were not just a group of people on the fringes, they were the remnant!

And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.[4]

The chosen people of God refused Him and mistreated His servants and killed them.  The people of God that were under the covenant to be the people of His calling and election did this.  Those to whom it was said they would be His people and He would be their God did this.

And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.[5]

Jesus doesn’t describe those who were not elected, as the Calvinist do, who are the ones to receive wrath.  He describes that wicked remnant as those who receive wrath.

But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.[6]

We need to ask ourselves in a world of election, were God has called every one to come, will we be found worthy?  Will we make light of the same invitation to come to the wedding feast of the Lamb?  Will we be to busy to really walk with the Lord?  Do our schedules keep us to busy to read our bibles and seek out God in prayer?  Have we been so stuck in the rut that we feel cold or yet worse, lukewarm in our walk with God?

We may not be those who kill His servants, but do we make light of the invitation by its not being a high priority to us in our daily lives.  Who will be found worthy in the world of election?

Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.[7]

If you are a believer, if you are part of the remnant and you rest your hope on irresistible grace and God’s sovereign will to see you into His kingdom, you hope in a vanity.  Jesus Himself shows us this.  Will you trust the words and teachings of Calvin or will you listen to the one you call savior?


[1] Matthew 22:8

[2] Matthew 22:2-3

[3] Matthew 22:4-5

[4] Matthew 22:6

[5] Genesis 17:7

[6] Matthew 22:7

[7] Matthew 22:8