My native dialect has an amusing (well, I think so) parody of the phrase in Matt. 20:16 and Matt 22:14. “For many are called, but few are chosen”. It is phrased instead, “for many are ‘cauld’ (translation ‘cold’), but few are frozen”. The more I thought about it, the more I wondered if there isn’t some unintentional truism in the parody. What that truism might be, I have no idea, but one may come to me.
Seriously, what did Jesus mean by these two identical statements in Matthew? Can they be used in support of Calvinism, i.e. unconditional election? You Bible scholars will rightly point out that they both conclude a particular parable that Jesus taught and should be interpreted in their contexts.
But, how are they to be interpreted in the context of universalism?