Parable of the Ten Virgins

PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)     INTRODUCTION – PARABLE OF TEN VIRGINS GIVEN IN THE CONTEXT OF A SERIES OF PARABLES RELATING TO THE NATURE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD.    (TEXT MATTHEW 25:1 – 13)

II)    ESSENTIAL FACTS OF THE PARABLE

A)   TEN VIRGINS –

1)    VIRGIN SPEAKS OF PURITY

2)    SAME IN OUTWARD APPEARANCE

(a)  ALL VIRGINS

(b)  ALL WAITING FOR THE BRIDEGROOM

3)    FIVE WISE  – TOOK EXTRA OIL TO REFILL THEIR LAMPS AS NECESSARY

4)    FIVE FOOLISH – DID NOT TAKE EXTRA OIL

B)   BRIDEGROOM TARRIED

1)    BRIDEGROOM DID NOT COME WHEN THEY EXPECTED

2)    THEY FELL ASLEEP (DOZED OFF) WHILE WAITING FOR THE BRIDEGROOM

C)   AT MIDNIGHT CRY RANG OUT THE BRIDEGROOM COMETH

1)    MIDNIGHT – THE HOUR WHEN SLEEP IS THE SWEETEST

2)    THEY ALL AWOKE AND TRIMMED THEIR LAMPS

3)    FOOLISH VIRGINS REALIZED THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT OIL – THEIR LAMPS WERE GOING OUT

4)    THE FOOLISH VIRGINS TRIED TO GET OIL FROM THE FIVE WISE VIRGINS BUT WERE DENIED ON THE BASIS THAT THERE MAY NOT BE ENOUGH

5)    WHILE THE FOOLISH VIRGINS WENT TO BUY OIL THE BRIDE GROOM CAME

6)    ONLY THOSE THAT WERE PREPARED WERE ALLOWED INTO THE WEDDING BANQUET.  “AND THE DOOR WAS SHUT…”

7)    THE FOOLISH VIRGINS TRIED TO ENTER SAYING “SIR!  OPEN THE DOOR FOR US” BUT THE BRIDEGROOM REPLIED “I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, I DON’T KNOW YOU.”

III)   SYMBOLISM OF THE PARABLE

A)   BRIDEGROOM – JESUS CHRIST

B)   VIRGINS – THOSE THAT WERE ONCE MADE PURE BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST THAT MAKE UP THE CHURCH AS IT APPEARS TO MEN

C)   LAMPS – OUR OUTWARD TESTIMONY

D)   OIL – THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT SUSTAINS AND EMPOWERS OUR TESTIMONY AND MAINTAINS THE VITALITY OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

E)   THEY BECAME DROWSY AND FELL ASLEEP – THE MEMBERS OF THE BRIDAL PARTY OF JESUS CHRIST HAS BECOME DROWSY WAITING FOR THE LORD’S RETURN

F)

G)   FIVE WISE VIRGINS

1)    THOSE THAT HAD MADE PREPARATION HAVING AN ABUNDANCE OF THE GRACE OF GOD THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

2)    THEY WERE ON THE INSIDE WHAT THEY APPEARED TO BE ON THE OUTSIDE.

H)   FIVE FOOLISH VIRGINS

1)    THEY HAD MADE INADEQUATE PREPARATION NOT HAVING A SUPPLY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – THE PRESENCE OF GOD.

2)    WHEN THE BRIDEGROOM CAME THEY PANICKED REALIZING THAT THEY WERE NOT PREPARED FOR HIM.

3)    THEY TRIED TO LEVERAGE THE RESERVOIR OF THE GRACE OF GOD FROM OTHERS BUT WERE DENIED

4)    WHILE THEY WENT TO MAKE THE NECESSARY PREPARATION JESUS HAD COME TAKING ONLY THOSE THAT WERE READY WHEN HE CAME THEIR WAS NO SECOND OPPORTUNITY

IV)  CLOSING REMARKS – WE DO NOT KNOW WHEN HE WILL RETURN.   WE MUST BE IN A STATE OF PREPAREDNESS NURTURING AND PRACTICING LIFE IN THE SPIRIT.    IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT MEN THINK IT MATTERS WHAT YOU KNOW AND GOD KNOWS ABOUT YOUR SPIRITUAL CONDITION.   JESUS IS COMING GET READY NOW!!!

 1 Thess 4:16-18: For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words. NIV

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