Updated: Jul 16
In Mathew 22 [1-14], Jesus teaches that Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son.
First the King sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come.
Paul also says this about Israelites who were saved from Egypt and brought to the promise land (1 Corinthians 10) - "I don’t want you to forget, dear brothers and sisters, about our ancestors in the wilderness long ago. All of them were guided by a cloud that moved ahead of them, and all of them walked through the sea on dry ground. In the cloud and in the sea, all of them were baptised as followers of Moses. All of them ate the same spiritual food, and all of them drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ. Yet God was not pleased with most of them, and their bodies were scattered in the wilderness"
So in the old covenant, God called out certain people through His mercy and rejected others BUT not all who were called were qualified in the end, this is due to lack of commitment from them (faith that obeys)
Second, the King sent his servants to go out to the street corners and to invite everyone you see. So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests.
The new covenant invite is for everyone, but some of the invited guests where thrown out as they were not qualified (our response/ faith that obeys)
Is salvation for everyone ? Yes.
Is anyone rejected under new covenant? - No.
Is everyone saved by Grace or is once saved always saved? No.
Can we take credit of our being chosen? No
Can keeping of law (work) save? No. All good works will fall short of God's perfection. There is only one possible response to the invitation-which is faith in Jesus Christ