The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins!!!
Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard : ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet Him!, Then all those virgins arose 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, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming…… Matthew 25:1-13
In our previous studies, We have been considering the reply of Jesus to His Disciples about the signs that would happen before His second coming. But Here, He showed His Disciples how to be ready for His Coming. There is no use studying prophecy of the coming of the Lord if we don’t know how to be ready for the second coming of Christ. The prophetic details of the second coming of Christ is in Matthew 24 but the Spiritual readiness for it is in Matthew 25. If we stop in Matt 24 and have no interest in understanding Matt 25 we will not be ready for the second coming of the Lord. So this Chapter is a Very important Chapter in our study of the Second coming of our Lord. There are lots of people who are interested in understanding the various signs of his coming but who are interested in knowing how to prepare for His Coming.
Then the Kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. : The Virgins represents People who profess themselves to be Christians. For the Holy Spirit says through Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:1, ” For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ”. The Bridegroom is a Picture of Jesus Christ. So We see Here a group of Christians who all took their Lamps and went out to meet the Lord. They were all Virgins. They have a good external Life, they all have a Lamp which speaks of their External good works before Men(Matt 5:16). They all went out to meet the Lord which means they were all waiting for the second Coming of the Messiah. This is a group of Christians who have a good external testimony, men have a good opinion about them as Virgins, having a Light and going out to meet and wait upon the Lord.
Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps: Although they were all Virgins, although they all had their Lamps burning, although they all went out to meet the Bridegroom, yet Five of them were Foolish while the other Five were Wise. This had nothing to do with their External testimony before others. They both had a good external Life. They were all Virgins, they all had a Lamp, they were all going to meet the Bridegroom. So why were Five considered Wise and the Others Considered Foolish? The Difference was in the Fact that the Foolish did not take Oil with their Lamps while the Wise took oil along with their Lamps. The Foolish did not take that extra Oil which the Wise took. The Wise Virgin is a Picture of a Christian who have the Light of His Life Burning as a testimony to others but also has an inner Devotion to Jesus Christ. The love of God is shed abroad in His Heart by the Holy Spirit. He has a deep Love for God and Love for others. The Wise Virgins were not just living to impress others with their Lamp. They have an hidden Life also in Christ. Meanwhile, the Foolish Virgins have no inner or hidden life in Christ. They are only interested in the present Show of religion. They lack hidden principles and disciplines. They lack spiritual content. All they have is a form of Godliness but they lack the power of it. Indeed any Christian whose inner life does not correspond with his or her external life is a Foolish Christian. It is a Foolish thing to do having good testimony before Men but a decaying Heart before God.
But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.: The Delay of the Lord in His Coming has caused Many to sleep Spiritually. Both the Wise and the foolish Slept off. They became weary in their waiting for the Lord. They both cooled off in their first Love and devotion to the Lord.
And at midnight a cry was heard : ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet Him!, Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. : The Lord will come at a time, when we lest expect Him. Although He delayed, yet He will come. Although He tarry, Yet He will Come at His Proper time. But before He comes, there will be a Cry for His arrival. The cry are the signs of His coming that we see around us. The signs of His Coming is a Cry unto us to wake up from our Slumber. The signs of the end time should awaken us to responsibility. So when they heard the Cry, they arose and trimmed their Lamps. When we see the signs of the coming of the Lord, we are to trim our Lamps to make it burn brighter. We are to take our Christian lives more seriously. We are to trim away everything that is not in Christ in us. We are to cleanse ourselves from anything that is not Christ-like in our lives. We are to renounce and cast off every work of darkness. Let us therefore arise from our sleep and trim our Lamps as we see the signs of His Coming around us.
And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’: So Here the Folly of the Foolish Virgins became obvious. The delay of the Master exposed the Failures of the Foolish Virgins. Imagine the Bridegroom had not delayed His coming, the Foolish Virgins would have looked Like Wise Virgins because their Lamps were burning. Time has a way of revealing many things. So many believers who look to be very whole-hearted and zealous, I always say, “Let’s wait and see. Time we show whether this person is Faithful and steadfast. Fruits will come out of His Life”. Let’s wait and see and not form a quick Judgement and assume that He is whole-hearted. Because many that appears to have their Lamps burning don’t have any oil in secret, they don’t have an hidden Life. They foolish Virgins were religious but they were not Spiritual. The Wise Virgins have their Lamps burning and Oil hidden in their vessels. The have their Light burning and also have an extra supply, they have areas in their secret life which is yielded to the Holy Spirit. The Wise Virgins were Filled with the Holy Spirit!!! That is the vessel full of Oil. For the Oil is a Picture of the Holy Spirit. This is the Oil they have within Them. Whereas, the Foolish Virgins just Lived for the Moment. Their life is very superficial and time expose them. Time is a great revealer of everything. There are many churches and believers who started so well but check them out over one year and they are nowhere to be found any more. Their Lamps has burned out because they have no hidden life before God.
So when the Foolish Virgins discovered their Foolishness, they said to the Wise, ” Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” The day is coming when those who did not take their secret life seriously will long to have a secret Life. The Day is coming when those who think others are waiting their time taking their Christian Life seriously will discover their foolishness. The Day is coming where Hypocrites will wish they were Disciples. The Day is coming when those who Looked with Contempt on those who seek to please God in their inner life will see their own need and wish to be partakers of it.
But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’: Here we see that One Believer cannot give His Oil to another. It is impossible!!! It is an inner life in Christ that we have come to through faithfulness in our secret Walk with God. The Oil is something that we have to BUY. It is something We don’t get FREE. There is a Price to be Paid for it. There are some certain things in the Christian Life that has to be Bought. Like the Man who found a Treasure in the field bought the Field and the Merchant seeking pearls bought it when He found a precious one(Matt 13). Forgiveness of Sin is Free, baptism of the Holy Spirit is Free. But development in character in Christ requires a Price. To have Spiritual Content in our inner life requires a Price. It is something we have to buy from those who sell them. Each one has to get this Oil for Himself. You cannot buy for someone else. One Believer cannot pass on His Life to another. We can pass on the Word of God to others but this Hidden Life of Jesus, we have to acquire it ourselves.
Who are those who sell this Oil? I believe they are the different trials and Circumstances that we face in Life. If we ignore them, we don’t get Oil. We must make use of all these Trials and difficult situations that comes our way. There are many trials God permits in our Lives so that we might have inner Content and Supply. If we take up our Cross and Die to ourselves in all these trials, we can receive the Life of Jesus that gives us Spiritual content. It is this content within us that would keep us strong in the days to come. Count the Cost!!!
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. : A time would come when it would be too late to buy Oil for yourselves. It would be too late trying to find an inner life and content for yourself. Only those who have kept their Inner life filled with Spiritual riches will be ready at His Coming. Others will shy away in Shame at His Coming. The door will be shut against all those who have not been Faithful in their inner and secret Walk with God. Now is the time to make sure Your Vessel is full of Oil, that Your heart is full of Love and there is Zero bitterness, there is Zero Jealousy, there is Zero Unforgiving Spirit, there is Zero Hypocrisy but every nook and corner of Your Heart has been full of the Holy Spirit with the Love of God. That is the vessel of Oil that would prepare You for the Last days. There is so much of deception now in the world, make sure You Heart is filled with the genuine Holy Spirit. A lot of People are going around leading people to a counterfeit experiences of the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The vessel is empty, it is not enabling their lives to burn for Jesus Christ. If it is really the fullness of the Holy Spirit, their Lives will be burning for God. What does Oil do? It makes the Lamp burns bright. The Light is the Life of Jesus, for In Him was Life and that Life was the Light of Men(John 1:4). This is what we need and we need the fullness of the Holy Spirit to have such a Life radiating the beauty of Christ.
Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’: Those who have no inner Walk with the Lord, He says to them, “I do not know You!!! I do not have a personal relationship with You based on Life. You were taken up with form of Godliness but deny the power of it. You come to church but kept no secret Life” What a sad ending for them!!! They had a good external testimony for the Lord, yet they were rejected and cast away because they lack the Inner experience and devotion to the Lord. They had waited in vain.
Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.: The only way to be watchful is by making sure that our emphasis is not on the form of Godliness and external life but on the power of Godliness and the Life within. Do we need the Form? Yes of course. The Wise Virgins have that too but within that vessel was Oil which is the important thing. Our outer life correspond with our inner life.
Dear Friend, I want to encourage You to seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Seek that Your vessel will be full of Oil so that Your Light can burn and the Life of Jesus can come forth from You. This is the only way to be ready and prepared for the Second coming of the Lord. Go therefore and buy Oil for Yourselves before the Door becomes Shut. May the Lord give us Grace to pay the Price and never to Waste the Trials and circumstances that God allows across our ways which was meant to build and Character(Amen). God bless you. Have a blessed day.
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