Although I don’t have all of my equipment here because I am moving, I thought I would go ahead and start this lesson…even in its simplest form it is profound. We have all read the parable of the ten virgins awaiting the bridegroom. We have also heard many different interpretations as well. It is important that we don’t let the message Jesus was trying to get across get drowned out by everyone’s scholarly viewpoints. The Olivet Discourse , in which this parable takes place, is one of the most thorough teachings Jesus gave in answer to the disciple’s questions. There were actually three questions, but I’m sure the disciples thought they were asking just one big question….”When will the stones of our magnificent temple be overturned (because this must be the end of the world)…so…when will this take place…just when are you coming again?” Jesus begins to teach His followers what things must take place before He comes again, also weaving the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. into part of His explanation. There is also a strong warning to “WATCH” and to “be ye also ready…for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of man cometh.”( Matt. 24:44)
This is the background of the parable which starts:” Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom.” We are familiar with the five wise virgins…they are obediently watching, ready and prepared to meet the bridegroom when He comes for them. The five foolish virgins are not ready and prepared. They come to the shut door and ask to be let in. The bridegroom replies with what I think must be some of the saddest words in the Bible, “Truthfully I say unto you, I know you not.” Here are five foolish people, with eternal souls, that thought they were going to go to heaven. They were probably faithful members of some church, and maybe they gave money to help the down and out. Maybe their parents were Christians. But these “foolish five” had never possessed saving faith. Jesus said He never knew them!!! Had they entered though the “narrow gate” and been giving all diligence to add to a confession of faith in the blood of Christ, virtue (moral excellence)? Adding to their virtue, knowledge? Adding to their knowledge, self-control? Then patience, godliness and brotherly kindness, and finally agape love? The answer to this must be a resounding “no!” Peter writes about the investment we must make in our spiritual lives in 2 Peter 1:4-11…”Give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things you will never fall.” Practising these spiritual disciplines does not “save” me, but they are the evidence that I have repented of my sin and have a relationship with God because of the covering He provided for me.
Make sure your kids understand what it means to have saving faith. It is more than mental belief….If they love Jesus their lives will change.