Matthew 25:1-13The Parable of the Ten Virgins
““Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. “
This is a Parable of Jesus that I have had a hard time grasping the meaning of completely, or any application. Today I believe the Spirit of Jesus gave a little enlightenment. I am going to share it here, believing some scholars will correct me if there is no basis for my thoughts.
I am sure many reading this know the parable of the wise and foolish virgins and their oil lamps well. They are all out waiting for the bridegroom to arrive, as we Christians look for the return of Jesus Christ. Five took extra oil for the lamps, and five only had the oil that was in the lamp. They slept while waiting, and when the bridegroom was seen to be near, the ones with no extra oil ran to find some, but were too late when they returned as the door to the marriage feast was closed.
My thoughts for application–the 5 with the extra flasks of oil, are Born Again Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, who had repented of sin, asked forgiveness, and have the Spirit of Jesus living within them. At all times, whether day, night, clear or storm, the light of Christ will be seen in them because of the Spirit Who dwells within.
The 5 with only the oil in their lamps are not Born Again Christians, with the Spirit of Jesus living within them. Of course, they attend church every Sunday, singing the hymns and choruses, adding to the offering plate as it passes, listening to the Pastor speak, and then return home and to regular life until the next week. They have never repented of sin, asked Jesus to forgive them, so therefore the Spirit of Jesus is not living within them. They never took the opportunity to take the step to know Jesus Christ as Personal Saviour.
When they were in the church service each week, they appeared no different from the others who are Born Again Christians. Since they were there looking, and acting, like the others, no one knew otherwise. Some even think of themselves as Christians.
As they were waiting, the ten virgins would all be together in a group, and the brightness from the Christ Followers would shed light all around, so it was not being noticed that the other five were losing light.
In the parable, they all fell asleep. The virgins with the extra oil had the Spirit of Jesus always, so He was there to enlighten the way.
The five virgins who did not have the extra oil, had nothing or no One to show them the way, as the Spirit of Jesus did not live within them.
When the five ran to find more oil, it was not possible, because the Holy Spirit was with Jesus in the Feast Hall, and the time was passed to have Him enter souls.
How many in church services each week do not know Jesus Christ as Saviour, but think they are saved?
Perhaps it is time to ask hard, difficult, but loving questions, of people again, getting past the “small” talk.
Questions like, “what has Jesus done in your life this week” or “what has Jesus taught or showed you in His Word this week”? Or similar questions. These may lead to openings with non-believers, to explain salvation, and lead some into a relationship with Jesus Christ. HALLELUJAH!!!