“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Isaiah 6:5-8 (New International Version)
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Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
i think the verse you quote from Matthew 22:14 is a different context with a different message/meaning behind from Isaiah 6:8.
In Isaiah 6:8, it is God calling Isaiah to be his prophet which translates how willing are we to be used by God just as Isaiah was in leading Israel back to His ways.
Whilst in Matthew 22:14, this is in a context of heaven/salvation. That not everyone who is invited will be accepted due to the “dress code” not met.
It is a reiteration of what Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23
21″Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Only through an active faith in Jesus and a life that does His will would be “eligible” by grace to be chosen among the called in the End Days.
Do you think what I shared is correct? One is called for service while the other is called in regards to salvation.
You may correct me if I am wrong.
I believe it is the same. I used to be believe it was different, because i placed my own comfort, family & business in higher or equal priority over the Lord. May the Lord have mercy on us!
>thus the “dress code” not met.
The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. 2 Chr15.2
btw, most local churches emphasized altar call = salvation. Do you agree?
In addition, Isaiah was a doomsday prophet to people who will not listen, not a revival prophet.
He said, “Go and tell this people:
” ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
Make the heart of this people calloused;
make their ears dull
and close their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”
Then I said, “For how long, O Lord?”
And he answered:
“Until the cities lie ruined
and without inhabitant,
until the houses are left deserted
and the fields ruined and ravaged,
until the LORD has sent everyone far away
and the land is utterly forsaken.
I still think the two are different leh… One is a call to service and the call to salvation or repentance.
And you are right about saying that Isaiah was a prophet. He was called into ministry after repenting in Isaiah 6.
It is similar to Matthew 9:37-38….
Then he (Jesus) said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
In Matthew 22:14, that is a call to salvation through true repentance for those who hear the gospel, not a call to service whether it is a doomsday or revival prophet.
SO most local churches that emphasized altar call = salvation, are lying because they omitted “true repentance”. Do you agree?
If anyone including Isaiah had not gone thru true repentance, how can he be called for service? That’s putting the cart before the horse!
Between a foul-mouthed, bad tempered elite church goer and a truly repentant ex-convict now even-tempered? Which one do you think will be called for service?
Life by the Spirit
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.