And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:…
A coloured minister was once discoursing on salvation, which he illustrated as follows: — "Suppose," said he, "any of you wanted a coat, and should go to a white gentleman to purchase one. Well, he has one that exactly fits you, and in all respects is just what you need. You ask the price; but, when told, find that you have not enough money, and shake your head — 'No, massa; I am too poor; must go without,' — and turn away. But he says, 'I know you cannot pay me; I have concluded to give it you. Will you have it?' What would you do in that case? Would you stop to hem and haw, and say, 'Oh! he's just laughing at me; he don't mean it?' No such thing. There is not one of you who would not take the coat, and say, 'Yes, massa, and thank you, too.' Now, my dear friends, God's salvation is offered to you as freely as that. Why won't you take it as freely? You are lost, undone sinners, and feel that you need a covering from His wrath. If you could keep His holy law blameless, you might purchase it by good works; but ah! you are full of sin. Prayers and tears are worthless. You are poor indeed, and if this is all your dependence I don't wonder that you are turning off in despair. But stop! look here! God speaks now, and offers you the perfect robe of Christ's righteousness that will cover all your sins, and fit all your wants, and He says that you may have it without money and without price."
Parallel VersesKJV: And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: