Myth 22. let your lamp go out by failing to keep extra oil in your vessel, and be shut out of God’s kingdom. Matt 25:1-13
The parable of the wise and foolish virgins or the 10 virgins when wrongly interpreted suggests that Christians will be left behind. The traditional interpretation of this parable centers around what the oil represents. It is pertinent to note traditionally the oil represents the Holy Spirit. As such believers were taught that if there is no oil in your lamp, that is, if you are not filled with the Holy Spirit, you will not be allowed to enter the marriage of the Lamb. So there you go. That’s the interpretation of the parable. Hence you can lose your salvation.
How do you have oil in your lamp? Let me rephrase that. That is a wrong question. Both set of virgins had oil in their lamps. Just that one set of virgins had oil to spare. Hmm, is Jesus try to teach out not to fully utilize the Spirit so that there would be more of Him left? Is Jesus trying to say that the Holy Spirit can be saved up for further use? What say you?
I think you can see the silliness of that interpretation. The Holy Spirit is a person. You cannot have more or less of him. You either have Him or not. By the way John 14:16 tells you the Holy Spirit is given to you forever and Paul tells you in Ephesians 4:30 that the Holy Spirit is sealed until the day you meet Jesus face to face. Then what in the world is Jesus talking about? 50% saved and 50% not saved. Is he saying half of the church will be saved and half not?
If so how do have more oil? By doing more for Jesus? By accumulating works? Hmm that cannot be. Cause if that is true, how much works does one person has to do before its considered enough? I had always struggle with this.
Let me give you an idea of what happens at a Jewish wedding. Yup I said it, that’s the 1st clue. It is a Jewish wedding and not a Gentile wedding. Here’s the roll call. The Jewish marriage took place in three stages over a long period of time. When the couple was still very young, an Engagement was arranged by the parents, sometimes with the help of a “matchmaker”. Second, there was a Betrothal ceremony held at the bride’s house. The couple exchanged vows and the groom gave the bride presents. This period lasted for a year or two, but the bride continued to live with her parents. During this time the bride was said to be “betrothed” or “espoused” to the young man. The Marriage Supper came next. It usually happened at night. The groom and his friends came to the bride’s house. She would be wearing a thick veil. She and her friends would accompany the groom and his friends to his father’s house or maybe a larger hall where the festivities would take place. A contract was signed.
The bride and groom would spend time together, then the bride would remain by herself for seven days. At the end of the week, the bride would return to the group, remove her veil so that everyone could see her. If the young woman had never been married, the feast would last for seven days. If she were a widow remarrying, it would last for three days.
The five foolish girls had no extra oil. They wanted to borrow some from the wise girls, but they refused. They said there might not be enough for all of them. They urged the girls to go and buy some oil from someone who had it for sale. The girls left to go find a merchant who would sell them oil. While they were gone, the bridegroom arrived and the five wise girls and the rest of the wedding party went inside. The door was shut. The five foolish girls came back. They shouted for someone to open the door for them, but sadly there was no way for them to enter. The bridegroom replied, “I tell you the truth. I don’t know you.”
More problems. If the “oil” is the Holy Spirit then pray tell me, can you buy Him? If it is your works can you go outside and buy more credits to works?
I guess not. Hence what is this parable about?
It is about being prepared. Be prepared because the Lord can come anytime.
But the nagging issue is this? Does it mean of 50% of believers will make it to the wedding supper?
Dear friends, I too struggled with this …. Until I read these words in Matthew 24, the previous chapter.
“36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.”
50%! But let’s look at the context of Matthew 24. I had earlier written on this yesterday. Note what I have highlighted about the elect whom I believe are believers and Messianic Jews in verse 30:
“30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth[c] will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.[d]31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
Note when it comes to the elect they are all taken away. As such the people whom Jesus is referring to cannot be believers. Who are these people?
This concept is fundamental to understanding this parable. These portions of Scriptures actually refer to Jews and what is going to happen to them as nation. They do not refer to the church. You must understand that the star of the wedding is the bride not the virgins. The bridegroom is coming for the bride, not the virgins. Who is His bride? Paul tells us it is the church. Ephesians 5: 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
Note 3 things Jesus says about the church. She is holy, radiant, without stain or wrinkle. She is holy and blameless.
The star of that wedding is the bride not the virgins. We the Gentile church is that bride. It is not the bride that lost her salvation. Neither are the virgins who did not manage to do so. They were never believers. The other virgins were saved because they as Jews had prepared for His coming. It is a known fact that theologians agree that half of Israel will be saved. They will look up to Him and “Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord”. When that happens Israel is saved. That is why out of 2 one is taken away.
Be at peace, lovely bride of Christ.
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