Now that Christ has died for us, the application being made for us, the Church, we being covered with the merits of his atonement, he began to make at the time of his baptism when he began to make his sacrifice, we are now permitted to finish or fill up his sacrifice. Christ offered Himself without spot or blemish to God and because He was absolutely perfect, He was qualified to offer the sacrifice.
The High Priest sacrificed the bullock, which represented our Savior, and the goat represented His body. The third day He was raised, not to the human nature, but to the divine nature.
In Hebrews 2:9, we read, “We see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels, etc.” The eyes of our understanding have been opened. We begin to see what His sacrifice meant-an eye for an eye, kind for kind.
THREE PHASES OF THE WEDDING SUPPER
Before Christ’s sacrifice, there was a period of three and a half years special favor to the Jewish people as a nation. This was the first call; then there was another period of three and a half years of favor to that people as individuals. At the end of that period, they were cast off, broken off, this ended the second call; then the Lord turned to the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name, this was the third call of the parable.
In 1874 the requisite number had been found or selected, but some were in there who had afterwards taken off the wedding robes, Christ’s imputed righteousness; and the Lord has been selecting others to take their places since that time.
WHAT IS IMPLIED BY A SPOTTED GARMENT?
The garment is Christ’s imputed righteousness. We are not actually righteous, but His righteousness is imputed to us. How can we spot this garment? By neglecting the Great Salvation, because it is given or loaned to us that we might be in position to take advantage of THE GREAT SALVATION. If we do not use it for the purpose intended, it becomes spotted by reason of contact with the world. Here is one way of neglecting the Great Salvation. A man does something that hurts another’s feelings; he says, I don’t care, he ought not to be so sensitive. The next day he does something more and worse, and so on from day to day. Neglecting to make progress grows more and more upon such a man, and he is now in such a condition that God will have to turn him over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh that the spirit may be saved in the Day of the Lord.
We should be very careful about spotting our robes, and if we see we have gotten a spot on them, we should quickly turn to the Lord and wash it away. If any man of the Church sins, we have an advocate with the Father.
THE MARK OF THE PRIZE
He said we were running according to the mark-perfect love. Having reached that condition, it is from that standpoint that we are to run. He said the best Greek rendering was that we press down or stand on the mark and run for the prize, our high calling.