“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 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, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour” (Mt 25:1-13).
The bridegroom is Jesus Christ, the bride is the Church, and the parable describes Christ Second Coming. It is His return for the rapture of the Church, and to establish the Millennial Kingdom at the end of the Tribulation.
Christ will return at an unknown hour and that His Church must be ready to receive Him. We must prepare for whatever contingency arises in our lives and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus at all times while we eagerly await His coming. The virgins were sleeping when the call came indicates that it doesn’t matter what we are doing when Christ returns. We may be working, eating, sleeping, or pursuing leisure activities in such a way that we are fully prepared to appear before Christ.
Being ready for Christ’s return ultimately involves Faith, Hope and a desire for greater holiness while we wait for the glorious appearance of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who has redeemed us from all wickedness to purify a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
The five virgins who have the extra oil represent Christians who are looking with eagerness to the return of Christ, whereas the five virgins without the oil represent false believers who enjoy the benefits of the Christian community without true love for Christ. They are more concerned about the party than about longing to see the bridegroom. Their hope is that their association with true believers will bring them into the kingdom of God. They are Lukewarm Christians who lack a firm commitment to Spiritual Growth.
Let us take the time now to fill our lamps with oil and keep an extra oil supply while we joyfully anticipate Christ Second Coming. The Holy Spirit is the Sanctifier and the oil symbolizes Him. The foolish virgins may lack Fruits of the Holy Spirit, because they may have never truly repented of their sins and trusted in the Bridegroom, Jesus Christ. It is one thing to profess faith in Christ but it is altogether another matter to bear Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
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