A Parable with a Warning

New JerusalemRevelation 21:2 and 21:9 show us New Jerusalem as the eternal marriage. In the gospels the Lord Jesus spoke about Himself as the Bridegroom for this marriage.

In Matthew 25:1-13 the Lord spoke a parable about Himself (the Bridegroom), ten virgins, and the wedding feast. He tells us that when He comes, the virgins who are ready for Him with their lamps brightly burning will go with Him into the wedding feast.

Some people hold the interpretation that the five wise/prudent virgins are believers and the five foolish virgins are unbelievers. But this strong separation pushes aside the common characteristics of these ten virgins:
• all ten are virgins, signifying our purity by believing into Jesus Christ (v. 1)
• all ten took their lamps and all ten went forth to meet the Bridegroom (v. 1)
• while the Bridegroom delayed they all slept (v. 5)
• in response to the midnight cry, all ten arose and all ten trimmed their lamps (v. 6-7)

In verse 8, the lamps of the foolish virgins were “going out,” which indicates that they were lit but short of oil. “The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah” (Proverbs 20:27). The spirits/the lamps of the foolish virgins being lit indicates that they were born again of the Spirit in their spirit.

The foolish virgins were shut out of the wedding feast. What then? They need to take the admonishing from the prudent virgins, “go to those who sell, and buy for yourselves” (v. 9). Eventually, although they will miss the wedding feast, they will be in New Jerusalem.

The characteristics of New Jerusalem include life, light, holiness, newness, and glory. We need more oil, more of the Spirit saturating our being so that we match the city. Let us open to the Lord and pray, Lord, fill me, touching the desire expressed in the song which begins, We have oil in our lamps—we are burning!

For more about this parable, look at the footnotes in the online Recovery Version.

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