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The Parable of the Ten Virgins (4 of 6)
A parable is a story, an illustration that is used to make a point. This particular parable is used by Jesus in the middle of his teaching on His second coming. He has come, as God in the flesh, Immanuel, He will die on the cross and be raised from the dead, He will ascend into heaven and sit on the right hand of God. But, at some point He will come back again to finalize the redemption process and to take all believers, past and present to create His new Kingdom.
The single point that Jesus is trying to illustrate in this parable is that everyone needs to be ready for when Jesus comes back.
Let's take a quick look at the key characters in the parable and then we will look at what it means to ''be ready''.
Ten Virgins = the visible church, people who are true believers and people who think they are believers. Yes, you heard me right, not all who go to church or profess to be Christians are truly Christians. I know that sounds unbelievably judgmental but hey, I'm not the one who made up this parable, Jesus is. The reason Jesus makes this distinction is because it has pretty significant consequences, like heaven or hell for eternity consequences.
Yes, there will be a judgment day and some of us will go to heaven and some of us will go to hell. We will get to how you can find your way to both in just a minute.
Why virgins? Because the church has been set apart to be holy and pure, undefiled and kept blameless as the bride of Christ.
Bridegroom = Jesus
The time period is between his first coming and his second and final coming, which will be judgment day.
The lamps and the oil = genuine faith in Jesus, five of the virgins were foolish and brought no oil, five of the virgins were wise and brought flasks of oil.
The purpose of the lamps was to shine light on the bridegroom when he arrived. As Jesus has said in other places, let ...
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