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Original Topic: Oil = faith
By: Becca288 Gender: F Age: 36 on Sep 2, 2015 at 8:21 PM Viewed 7949 times
There are three sections to chapter 25, in the book of Matthew, but they are all connected. From verse 1 to verse 13, we have the parable of the 10 virgins. Then from verses 14-30, the parable of the talents. Lastly is the parable of the Shepherd dividing his sheep from the goats.
In the chapter just before this one, Jesus says, "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (Matt. 24:37), and it is relevant to understanding the parable of the 10 virgins too, and actually disproves the Rapture theory, but that is another topic for another time.
It's important to keep in mind that the entire book of Proverbs explains in detail the belief and actions of the wise versus the foolish. In God's holy word wise = sheep and wheat, and foolish = goats and tares. Throughout both Old and New Testaments we see that a person of faith did the will of God, which means they love God vs. those who didn't have faith and didn't do the will of God, which means they hate God. The word of God bears this truth out. A word to the wise is sufficient.
Noah had faith in God, and this was proved by his actions in building the ark and getting in it, with every kind of animal and his family.
James reminds us,
"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."
- James 2:26
Reading Hebrews 11, we see that those of faith had works of faith. Because of false teaching many Christians think any kind of work is showing a lack of faith, but we need to rightly divide the word, and once we do, we realize that faith, without the works of faith, is dead. As an example: if you tell someone you love them, but never show it, then how is your love proven? This is the case James makes, in the book of James.
"Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works."
- James 2:18
Faith in the New Testament is believing the account God gives about his Son and therefore putting your trust in him to save you from the wrath of God. Just like Noah believed God and obeyed his command to enter the ark, we are to believe God and obey his command to believe on his Son.
Noah was saved from the wrath of God, demonstrated by a world-wide flood. Those who put their trust in Jesus Christ are saved from the wrath of God to come which will be demonstrated by fire this time (see 2 Peter 3).
With the definition of Biblical faith firmly established in our minds, and hopefully you have read enough of the Bible to understand how important faith is to God (which means we do his will because we believe his word, and doing that means we love him), we can know that oil is faith in the parable of the 10 virgins. Keeping the faith, standing fast in the faith, fighting the good fight of faith, holding onto the faith are what we are continually reminded to do by those who God used to write the New Testament. Having faith in the gospel is used interchangeably with having faith in Jesus Christ, in the Bible. And if a person has faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they do God's will, and God's Spirit abides in them.
Scripture tells us that a person who does not have the Spirit of Christ in them is not his. When someone believes God, obeying his Gospel, the Father and the Son will come to him and make Their abode with him. If we remain in him and his word in us, then we bear much righteous fruit.
John 14:15-18 says,
"If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."
Many Christians freak out when it's pointed out to them that they must keep God's commandments. But they need not be afraid. Remember what Jesus said in Mark 12:
28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.
Keeping God's commandments means he is your God.
"And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word." - 1 Kings 18:21
Consequently, taking the mark of the beast means worshiping Baal or the image of Baal and receive "his mark in his forehead, or in his hand," (See Revelation 14:8-13) This is idolatry and is breaking the 10 Commandments.
But, if you are one of the saints of God you will have the name of the Lamb's Father written in your forehead instead. (See Revelation 14:1)
So, it is clear that, if one has true faith, they will only worship God and not Baal.
The parable of the 10 virgins deals with those who continue and who don't continue in the faith. Remember that Jesus said, concerning the parable of the sower,
"And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?"
- Mark 4:13
It would behoove you to study and understand that parable! People's minds and hearts are like different kinds of soil, and the seed is the word of God. Those who have "good soil" continue in the faith and produce fruit: this is a wise virgin.
"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."
- Revelation 14:12
The next two parables, that follow the parable of the 10 virgins, show us the actions/works of the wise servant vs. the foolish servant. The wise servant, acting on faith, does the will of their heavenly Father, but the foolish servant does their own hearts desire and incurs God's wrath.
Not many Christians remember or know this verse in the Bible,
"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king."
- 1 Samuel 15:23
The faith of Jesus Christ, the Gospel, is the opposite of rebellion, stubbornness, iniquity, and idolatry. If we believe on Jesus Christ, obeying the Gospel, we are accepting the word of the LORD.
But we need to continue in the faith, like a wise virgin, to be saved.
"Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off."
"If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;"
1 Timothy 2:15
"Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety."
1 Timothy 4:16
"Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee."
2 Timothy 3:14
"But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;"
1 John 2:24
"Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father."
"To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me."
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
THEN shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lordís money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
God bless you.
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By: Becca288 Gender: F Age: 36 on Sep 3, 2015 at 12:47 AM
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