A Defiled Wedding Garment

Posted: April 24, 2010 in christian living, Jesus
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A Defiled Wedding Garment

And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. ~Matthew 22:11-12

This poor deluded soul certainly came to the wedding feast with a certain amount of assurance that he would be accepted there. He must have been satisfied that his garment looked enough like the other guests attire and was proper for the occasion. After all, none of the other guests seemed to notice his garment differed from their own. If the man had shown up wearing blatantly different attire surely the other guests would have taken acceptation before the king even entered. But this guest’s garment blended in enough for him to be accepted among the others and only the keen eye of the king was able to discern him from the rest.

Looking at our reprobate nation and its lukewarm church I could easily assume that the improperly clothed guest is the alcoholic, club hopping, fornicator who professes to be a Christian. There are plenty enough warnings given (and judgments pronounced) against such hypocrites but I don’t believe this verse is primarily one of those. For the most part the lascivious church member fools no one but himself and those like him. It is fairly easy for other saints to discern that unrepentant willful sinners have no part in the kingdom and in fact we are instructed to put them out of our fellowship here on earth until they are brought to repentance. Yet the elect at the wedding feast notice no such thing about the poor soul in question.

So what is the inadequate religious garment that this man is wearing which can fool all but the mighty king? As surely as the other guests are washed in blood and clothed in fine linen, so too is this poor soul, but the blood he is washed in and the linen he wears are of a different sort. While the other guests are washed in the blood of the lamb and wear the fine linen which is the righteous acts of the saints I believe this other man is washed in menstrual blood and clothed with filthy rags. He may be “a prayer warrior”, attend a house church, or even be a “mighty preacher”, but he does not belong to the kingdom for his works are not founded in, through, and for Christ. They are wrought in self righteousness and self gratifying religious motives. Such a person appears to be very holy on the outside but lacks a genuine humble faith in the Lord Jesus Christ inside. He glories not in the finished work of Christ, but rather in his own work of repentance and perceived self righteousness in the sight of God.

While multitudes of church men will be damned through their lasciviousness on that last day what will this man’s end be when he hears those very souls cry out “he has been cast down into hell with us too!” This may be the closest thing to joy in hell, the fleeting satisfaction that the lascivious church member will have in seeing a self righteous church member there alongside them. With such morality, strictness of religion, and outward holiness, the self righteous will not escape the eye of the king on that last day. They may make great boasts of supposed holiness now and even intermingle the name of Jesus Christ for good measure and for consciences sake (for all of Gods true children trust in Christ so it would be shocking to omit him all together from a “salvation” experience), but such a one will be speechless on that last day. God truly resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.

Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen. Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. ~Matthew 22:13-15

  1. Mark says:

    I like this post, but be careful that you aren’t among those self-righteous and arrogant ones. Often times, those that lash out against other brother’s in Christ, themselves are the ones with the beam in their eye. I am not saying it is you, but to just be careful you aren’t being boastful of your salvation out of arrogance or pride… it may come back to bite you.

  2. fleebabylon says:

    “Often times, those that lash out against other brother’s in Christ, themselves are the ones with the beam in their eye”

    Can you give me an example of this so I can better understand you Mark…

  3. ian vincent says:

    This post was a blessing. Thanks Jim. And this is so applicable to these days.

    Without the robes of Christ’s righteousness a person is naked. Without His wedding gown their shame is revealed for all to see.

    Revelation also tells us that it’s possible to defile our wedding robes.

    Btw, we continue to pray for you every day.

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