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Matthew 25:1 Virgins

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This is a parable about ten virgins who were waiting for the groom. Half of the virgins did not bring enough oil to last until the groom came.

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Matthew 25:1-13

1. “Here in the parable of the ten virgins, Christ, pictured as the bridegroom, is bringing the bride with Him, and the believers on earth are waiting for Him to come.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 134)

“The virgins were the bridesmaids invited to be a part of the wedding ceremony. This was a great honor. They represent all who have been invited to be citizens of God’s kingdom.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

2. “The two groups of women are described as exactly alike in everything except their preparations. Thus the fact that five fall in each category does not teach that there will be same number saved as lost.” (Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. [Nashville: Broadman Press], 369)

3. “Oil is symbolic of the Spirit of God.” (McGee, 135)

4. The wise ones took extra oil with them. (Which group are you in?)

5. “Notice that both the wise and the foolish virgins slept. The difference in them was that some had the Holy Spirit (represented by the oil) and some did not—because they were not genuine believers.” (McGee, 135)

Ready?

6. “Finally at 12:00 a.m., perhaps when least expected, the sleepers awaken to a cry that the groom is coming. The cry parallels the trumpets blasts of 24:31; 1 Cor 15:52; and 1 Thess 4:16 (which contains both trumpet and shout).” (Blomberg, 370)

7-8. “Half of the bridesmaids were unable to light their lamps because they had no oil. The bridesmaids who had oil were able to light their lamps and keep them shining bright.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 91)

9. “The unfaithful will discover too late that they have spent their lives foolishly, failing to trust and respect the Messiah-King. An additional important insight is taught here: Preparedness cannot be transferred or shared.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

10. One must be ready for Jesus to come.

“The door to the groom’s home is closed and probably locked to keep our intruders.” (Blomberg, 370)

11. “The five truant girls finally arrive and beg permission to enter.” (Blomberg, 370)

12. “This suggests that not every professing Christian will enter heaven, for some really have not trusted Jesus Christ sincerely. Without the Spirit of God and the Word of God, there can be no true salvation.” (Wiersbe, 92)

13. We must “stay awake and be alert.” (Matthew 26:38-41) (Wiersbe, 92)

References

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
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New American Standard Bible (NASB)
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New King James Version (NKJV)
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In this article Scripture quotations taken from KJV.

Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. Nashville: Broadman Press
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
Robertson, A. T., A Harmony of the Gospels. New York, HarperCollins Publishers
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004

 

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