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Then said He unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.

And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.

And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.

And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.

And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

- Luke 14:16-24

 

When viewing God's Covenants of Works and Grace, how does man's despising of the gospel result in a double rejection of God?

    Some years ago, a rich gentleman sent an envelope addressed to "Any Sinner" to a village post office. The post office clerk jokingly drew different persons' attention to the strange address, but no one claimed the envelope.

    After leaving it for thirty days in the "Unclaimed Mail" bin, the clerk returned it to its sender stamped, "No such address."

    The unclaimed envelope contained a treasury note worth $1,000.

    The gentleman's gift and offer were sincere. Everyone's despising and mocking of it, did not remove the validity of its value.

    What comparisons can you make from this story to God's external call?

Rejecting God's external call - despising God's gospel invitation - is very serious. It is a personal rejection of God Himself; it is an insult to God and His gracious invitation.

    Imagine planning for a family wedding. As the time draws near, you mail personal invitations to those you wish to invite to the wedding and reception.

    Would you not be insulted if no one responded; if all were too busy with other things to attend; if all despised your invitations?

    Imagine the President or Prime Minister inviting you to a special dinner with him. Would he not be justly insulted if you ignored his invitation or made yourself too busy with other things?

    Who can describe the depth of insult when a sinner ignores the personal invitation from the God of the entire universe, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords?


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