Sometimes it’s easier to find exactly what you’re looking for when someone you know already found it.
On Google, +1 is shorthand for a button that by simply clicking, gives something your stamp of approval, letting others know that they should check it out.
In a well-mannered wedding, a +1 invitation is for just the “significant others” of guests in a serious relationship. The rationale being that a wedding is a special, usually formal and costly event for two people to make a lifelong commitment to each other in front of God and their loved ones. The bride and groom have sole discretion in inviting or not inviting whomever they wish, and should not be coerced into issuing invitations to people they do not know.
In Matthew 22,
Jesus tells us a story about a wedding reception,
Jesus used stories as illustrations:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who planned a wedding for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the wedding, but they refused to come. He sent other servants to tell the people who had been invited,
‘I’ve prepared dinner. My bulls and fattened calves have been butchered. Everything is ready. Come to the wedding!’
“But they paid no attention and went away. Some went to work in their own fields, and others went to their businesses. The rest grabbed the king’s servants, mistreated them, and then killed them.
“The king became angry. He sent his soldiers, killed those murderers, and burned their city.
“Then the king said to his servants,
‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited don’t deserve the honor. Go where the roads leave the city. Invite everyone you find to the wedding.’ The servants went into the streets and brought in all the good people and all the evil people they found. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.
“When the king came to see the guests, he saw a person who was not dressed in the wedding clothes provided for the guests.
He said to him,
‘Friend, how did you get in here without proper wedding clothes?’
“The man had nothing to say.
Then the king told his servants,
‘Tie his hands and feet, and throw him outside into the darkness. People will cry and be in extreme pain there.’
“Therefore, many are invited, but few of those are chosen to stay.”
In Revelation 19:1-10, we read about Jesus’ (The Lamb) Wedding:
After these things I heard what sounded like the loud noise from a large crowd in heaven, saying,
Salvation, glory, and power belong to our God.
His judgments are true and fair.
He has condemned the notorious prostitute
who corrupted the world with her sexual sins.
He has taken revenge on her for the blood of his servants.”
A second time they said,
“Hallelujah! The smoke goes up from her forever and ever.”
The 24 leaders and the 4 living creatures bowed and worshiped God, who was sitting on the throne.
A voice came from the throne.
“Praise our God,
all who serve and fear him,
no matter who you are.”
I heard what sounded like the noise from a large crowd, like the noise of raging waters, like the noise of loud thunder, saying,
“Hallelujah! The Lord our God, the Almighty, has become king.
Let us rejoice, be happy, and give him glory
because it’s time for the marriage of the lamb.
His bride has made herself ready.
She has been given the privilege of wearing
dazzling, pure linen.”
This fine linen represents the things that God’s holy people do that have his approval.
Then the angel said to me,
‘Blessed are those who are invited to the lamb’s wedding banquet.’
” He also told me,
“These are the true words of God.”
I bowed at his feet to worship him. But he told me,
“Don’t do that! I am your coworker and a coworker of the
Christians who hold on to the testimony of Jesus.
because the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy!”
Faith Guides Our Lives
We know that if the life we live here on earth is ever taken down like a tent, we still have a building from God. It is an eternal house in heaven that isn’t made by human hands. In our present tent-like existence we sigh, since we long to put on the house we will have in heaven. After we have put it on, we won’t be naked. While we are in this tent, we sigh. We feel distressed because we don’t want to take off the tent, but we do want to put on the eternal house. Then eternal life will put an end to our mortal existence. 5God has prepared us for this and has given us his Spirit to guarantee it.
So we are always confident. We know that as long as we are living in these bodies, we are living away from the Lord. Indeed, our lives are guided by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident and prefer to live away from this body and to live with the Lord. Whether we live in the body or move out of it, our goal is to be pleasing to him. All of us must appear in front of Christ’s judgment seat. Then all people will receive what they deserve for the good or evil they have done while living in their bodies.
Christ’s Love Guides Us
As people who know what it means to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. God already knows what we are, and I hope that you also know what we are. We are not trying to show you our qualifications again, but we are giving you an opportunity to be proud of us. Then you can answer those who are proud of their appearance rather than their character. So if we were crazy, it was for God. If we are sane, it is for you. Clearly, Christ’s love guides us. We are convinced of the fact that one man has died for all people. Therefore, all people have died. He died for all people so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for the man who died and was brought back to life for them.
So from now on we don’t think of anyone from a human point of view. If we did think of Christ from a human point of view, we don’t anymore. Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence. God has done all this. He has restored our relationship with him through Christ, and has given us this ministry of restoring relationships. In other words, God was using Christ to restore his relationship with humanity. He didn’t hold people’s faults against them, and he has given us this message of restored relationships to tell others. Therefore, we are Christ’s representatives, and through us God is calling you. We beg you on behalf of Christ to become reunited with God. God had Christ, who was sinless, take our sin so that we might receive God’s approval through him.
2 Corinthians 5
Jesus Promises to Send the Holy Spirit
“Don’t be troubled. Believe in God, and believe in me. My Father’s house has many rooms. If that were not true, would I have told you that I’m going to prepare a place for you? If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again. Then I will bring you into my presence so that you will be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me
John 14:1-4, 6