Waiting on the Bridegroom, Part 5

Look at the next few verses there, 2 – 4:


“And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.”

Now that’s interesting…

We start to see a few issues with our virgins here. There are some distinctions that can be made, certain qualities that separate some from the others…

Think of how this relates to the church today.

Our congregations – all across the world, in seemingly endless denominations and affiliations – are composed of various kinds of people. I’m not talking about cultures, but rather attitudes…

Some believers are extremely sincere in their faith, while others are much more casual about it. Some trust the authority of the Living Word of God, while others think of it as just a book. For some, their faith is the cornerstone of their existence, while others think of church as just a social club for gatherings, gossip, and grub!

There is a dichotomy in our congregations, categories of attitude beneath the pretty white surface…

Take a moment, if you will, to ponder which category you find yourself in today.

 

 

 

 

I’ll wait…

 

 

 


Now, notice how the Scripture here really drives home the point about how the wise carries oil with them to light their lamp, and the foolish didn’t…

Scripturally we find oil often as a symbol of the Holy Spirit! Those that carried the oil with them – we could say – would be those who go forth, shining the light of the gospel through the power of the Holy Ghost! Those without it are simply foolish – towards themselves and others – having no oil to light their lamps! All they have is the appearance of a lamp that will work when needed!

Hypocrites!

Hear me now, the lamp won’t shine without oil to fuel it! Friends, is your lamp shining? Do you have oil in your lamp? Are you shining your lamp against the dark… or are you being short sighted?

You better be ready, because the Bridegroom is coming before you know it…

We can be certain He is coming back

You know, Jesus isn’t know for the lies He told. He isn’t known for deception, is He? If He told you something, you can take that to the bank!

He is good and faithful, our Lord! He is pure and true! And He keeps His word eternally!

Eternally!

We cling to His promises with every ounce of faith we have. In fact, we bet our eternity on it…

 

“Waiting on the Bridegroom” returns next time…


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