The parable of the Wedding Feast contains much revelation and we are admonished to pay close attention to its contents.  Our Heavenly Father sent HIS Beloved Son to speak these words and have them recorded for our use today.  In the previous blogs “Come!” we have been summoned to the Wedding Feast.  Other dispensations had the opportunity to participate but failed to respond.  We are now at the center of this parable and it is our destiny to attend this great feast.  The only question is what condition will we be in at our arrival.

Each of us is accountable for our own actions.  You can sit around and blame others for your situation but in the end… you are accountable.  You will stand before The Throne, not your parents, not your spouse, not your friends nor your enemies.  Just you.

If you were summoned to the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22 today, would you be ready?  If not, why?  Have you been busy with all of your attention on the world and its trappings?

Once the people had been summoned to the Wedding Feast, Our Heavenly Father arrives, “The king came in to see the guests”.  There was a formal assessment of the guests.  The king righteously judged each attendee and HE specifically approaches one who was not wearing an appropriate wedding garment.  Can you picture the scene?  All eyes were on the King as HE walked among the attendees.  HE specifically eyes the one without a wedding garment.  The servants had not perceived the issue or they would have surely not invited the man.  Other attendees had made no attempt to warn the man.  The man may have appeared acceptable to all except for the King.  So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’  Not good!

A Wedding is a consummation of Love.  Two become one and begin a life that promotes and perpetuates life.  The marriage of the King’s Son is the first step to fatherhood and accepting the full authority over all the kingdom.  The bride is given an equal inheritance as well.  The importance of this event cannot be overstated.

And he was speechless.  At first glance, it would appear that the man was unknowingly unprepared and then he knew not to respond out of embarrassment.  However as we look at the word “speechless” we find that it means:

1) to close the mouth with a muzzle, to muzzle

2) metaphorically:

a) to stop the mouth, make speechless, reduce to silence

b) to become speechless

3) to be kept in check

The man was restrained from replying to the question.  Our Heavenly Father already knew the answer but posed the question to make HIS point.  There will be no acceptable excuses for being unprepared at a personal level.  Many voice their desire to be an Overcomer but your wedding garment will tell the story.  Let’s now focus on this wedding garment.  The wedding garment is defined in Revelations 19:

7   Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

8   And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.  NKJV

Your righteous acts will be your wedding garment.  You will not be able to attend the wedding by riding the coattails of someone else.  Each of us must have our own garment.  What are righteous acts?  The word ‘righteous’ comes from the root meaning:

1) righteous, observing divine laws

a) in a wide sense, upright, righteous, virtuous, keeping the commands of God

1) of those who seem to themselves to be righteous, who pride themselves to be righteous, who pride themselves in their virtues, whether real or imagined

2) innocent, faultless, guiltless

3) used of him whose way of thinking, feeling, and acting is wholly conformed to the will of God, and who therefore needs no rectification in the heart or life    a) only Christ truly

4) approved of or acceptable of God

b) in a narrower sense, rendering to each his due and that in a judicial sense, passing just judgment on others, whether expressed in words or shown by the manner of dealing with them

What is even more important is to understand that righteous acts are not only those acts that are according to the Law but are done with the intent of Love.  If your heart is not right, your acts will not be acceptable for Jesus said that Love fulfills the entire Law and the Prophets.  Personal preparation precedes the activation of your calling.  If your heart is properly prepared, your acts will be acceptable.  If you are walking in Love, you will properly respond to Our Heavenly Father’s voice and only do those things that HE calls you to do.  You are not required to perform based on peer pressure.  Each of us must restrain ourselves from being tempted to be swept into someone else’s calling or path.  Each of us has a personal mandate given to us by Our Heavenly Father.  Our wedding garment while acceptable will look different and unique versus someone else’s garment.  That is the beauty of a Wedding Feast.

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