sermon: Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen (Part Nine)
Martin G. Collins
Given 15-Jun-19; Sermon #1493; 68 minutes
The loyalty of the Laodicean congregation did not extend far beyond loyalty to self. Loyalty and friendship are inextricably bound together, just as God demonstrates unfailing love for His people through the Covenant relationship. To those who covenant with God, nothing shall separate them from the love of Christ. This promise extends to all of God's called-out ones, who in humility reciprocate this love back to their Creator and to one another. We all crave faithfulness in friendships, trusting that our friends will stick with us through good and bad times. Role expectations in marriage, employment, and other social situations require a covenantal obligation of loyalty and service. Our loyalty to God and the fulfillment of His Laws takes precedence over all other role expectations. Jesus Christ fulfills His role as High Priest, making expiation of our sins and faithfully building and guiding His Church. Loyalty requires an enduring commitment to a person over a long period of time. God's called-out ones demonstrate their loyalty by bearing spiritual fruit. The Parable of the Invitation to the Wedding Feast characterizes the excuses of those who refused to attend, casting aside the priceless calling offered to them. The repeated invitations were treated with indifference, contempt, hostility, and scorn. Accepting God's calling to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb requires that one put on a wedding garment of righteousness (the righteousness of Christ).
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