Matthew 20:1-16The correct doctrine of the election of grace has not only nothing terrible in it, but it isalso highly comforting for true believers. For according to this doctrine our eternal salvation inChrist is firmly resolved not only before the foundation of world, but in so doing also takenentirely out of our hands, wherein of course it would not be kept safe and put into the captivealmighty Hand of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Furthermore, according to this doctrine, no one isexcluded by an "absolute decree" of God from the number of the elect from the beginning,rather Christ has died for all men without exception and offered this salvation acquired by Himto all without exception, so that no one is deprived of salvation, as anyone excludes himself from it by a stubborn and persistent willful reluctance. Finally, according to this doctrine, those,who were reluctant for a long time are converted and accepted into grace from the last shall befirst. However, although this doctrine is highly comforting for all faithful Christians, it thusnevertheless may by misused by no one, to whom his salvation is dear, for carnal security;rather we should do diligence to make our calling and election sure.
Therefore seriouswarnings and admonitions always go alongside the comforting promises of grace. Even today'sGospel contains such warnings, partly to those who still did not follow God's call of grace, partlyto those who already have become laborers in the vineyard.
The twofold admonition that the parable of the laborers in the vineyard lays on our heart;
make sure that you do not willfully miss God's call of grace
call of grace
of God. The kingdom of heaven is a kingdom of grace, even all thegrace of the kingdom is determined in the
to it; it is the call of a reconciled God in Christ,the call for obtaining eternal salvation. This call goes forth through the Gospel to all men and isa serious and stronger call
of these calls of grace. Although the householder repeatedly proceedsto hire laborers, some remain standing ever and again in the marketplace because they preferidleness to the service of God.
Some neglect the call until the eleventh hour, many completelyneglect it;c. the
of such contempt. These are terrible enough:
. those loafers lead a miserable life in service of the world and in lusts of theflesh, without rest, without peace, without God, without hope,
. finally the period of grace is neglected, so eternal damnation follows from it.Therefore serious admonition, indeed not to neglect God's gracious call.
John 10:28; Romans 8:28, 39.
2 Peter 1:10.
Matthew 20:3, 5-6.