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I think all of you will agree with me that Jesus Christ was indeed the master Teacher. There was never a teacher like the Lord Jesus Christ. One of the things Jesus did that made Him such a masterful teacher is that He illustrated what He had to say so that people by means of illustration could understand the truths that He was conveying to them.
One of the ways that Jesus illustrated His messages was by means of parables. Now a parable is an earthly story with a Heavenly meaning. He would take something that the people understood, something that was common to everyday life, and He would use that familiar illustration to illustrate a spiritual, a heavenly truth. Now that's exactly what we're going to find in Matthew 25.
Chapter 24 is our Lord's three part sermon about the end times. He talks about His return again in the end time in relation to the three great divisions of humanity. In relation to the Jews, the Gentiles and also to His church. Now in the 25th chapter of Matthew, Jesus is going to illustrate His sermon and by means of three parables Jesus will illustrate the end times as they relate to the Jews, to the Gentiles, and to His church.
Now the particular illustration we have here is the familiar one of the ten virgins. The ten virgins that went out to meet the bridegroom. The application of this parable is to the Jewish tradition. The bridegroom is the Lord Jesus Christ. The bride out of sight represents the church. The ten virgins represent the nation of Israel. These ten virgins fit into the category of those described in Revelation 19:9 as the friends of the Bridegroom. Those friends that have been invited to come and share in the great marriage celebration between the Groom, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the bride, the church of our Lord. So, that's the primary application of this parable. But, there is also an application for you and for me. A practical down to earth illustration and appl ...
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