Thought Provokers: The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

Parable banquet wedding feast

Matthew 22:1-14

This controversy section begins with the chief priests and elders asking Jesus, “By what authority do you do these things?” (21:23). Samuel Coleridge made this observation:

“In religious matters,
it is holiness which gives authority”

When Jesus answered the chief priests and elders, they made no response. Jesus’ holiness gave him authority over them. They might kill him, but could not defeat him.

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Is attendance at a place of worship or membership with a Christian community necessary to a Christian way of life? That’s a question which I cannot answer. My own experience is that when I first became a Christian, about fourteen years ago, I thought that I could do it on my own, by retiring to my rooms and reading theology, and I wouldn’t go to the churches and gospel halls; and then later I found that it was the only way of flying your flag; and of course, I found that this meant being a target.
It is extraordinary how inconvenient to your family it becomes for you to get up early to go to church. It doesn’t matter so much if you get up early for anything else, but if you get up early to go to church it’s very selfish of you and you upset the house.
If there is anything in the teaching of the New Testament which is in the nature of a command, it is that you are obliged to take the sacrament, and you can’t do it without going to church. I disliked very much their hymns, which I considered to be fifth-rate poems set to sixth rate music. But as I went on I saw the great merit of it. I came up against different people of quite different outlooks and different education, and then gradually my conceit just began peeling off. I realized that the hymns (which were just sixth-rate music) were nevertheless, being sung with devotion and benefit by an old saint in elastic-side boots in the opposite pew, and then you realize that you aren’t fit to clean those boots. It gets you out of your solitary conceit.

C. S. Lewis
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How many of us go through life as peasants
when we could be walking as royalty in Christ?

Bob Wheatley
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The church has thought about the matter of wholeness, or holiness (the words have a common meaning), too moralistically. Holiness does not mean just the avoidance of certain habits; it is related to the wholeness of life. God’s therapy is at the level of persons. His purpose is to make men and women whole in a broken world, to produce men and women (who) can demonstrate convincingly to our society what God really intends for man.

Myron S. Augsburger
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Some years ago we often sang a hymn, “Take Time to Be Holy.” I wish we sang it more in these days. It takes time to be holy; one cannot be holy in a hurry, and much of the time that it takes to be holy must go into secret prayer. Some people express surprise that professing Christians today are so little like their Lord, but when I stop to think how little time the average Christian today puts into secret prayer the thing that astonishes me is, not that we are so little like the Lord, but that we are as much like the Lord as we are.

Reuben Archer Torrey
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About Daniel Mochamps

Church Planter, Anglican Diocese in New England (Anglican Church in North America).
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