Q. First Praises go to the Lord Jesus Christ. I know the Bible is the word of God. My question is one verse says, For many are called, but few are chosen. Mat 22:14. and another will say, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Joh 3:16
I believe that we (The Elect) are Chosen to Believe and most people are not Chosen, so no matter what, they choose to not be saved and will be doomed. How can anybody believe if they are not chosen, and only a few are chosen. Or is that the nonbeliever knows and just rejects Jesus. Is it that they can’t accept Jesus by their own because they weren’t Chosen?? May the Lord continue to Bless you.
A. The context of your reference from Matt. 22:14 is the parable of the wedding banquet where a man is found among the guests without proper attire and is escorted out. Since parables are symbolic stories, the key to understanding them lies in figuring out the symbolism. The wedding clothes stand for the righteousness imputed to believers by faith (Isaiah 61:10 and others) and the banquet is the Kingdom. The man dressed in his own clothes represents someone trying to gain entrance into God’s Kingdom on the strength of his own righteousness. Even though God had sent His servants to invite him, he lacked the essential qualification of belief in the atoning death of our Lord. He was discovered and excluded.
Viewed this way it supports John 3:16. God so loved the world (everyone) that he gave His only son that whosoever would believe (those who choose to believe) would not perish. Everyone’s sins were paid for at the cross, but only those who choose to accept this are saved. 2 Peter 3:9 says that God doesn’t want anyone to perish but all to come to repentance. In Matt. 7:8 He says that everyone who asks, receives. How could He say these things if He had created some who couldn’t choose to be saved?
The gift of salvation is available to every human being. We’ve all been given the right to accept or reject it. It’s our choice.