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Parable of the Ten Virgins

Matthew 24:36-25:13, Andrew Love, October 1, 2017

Sermon Notes:


  • Increasing tensions between USA and North Korea
    • Imagine what could happen
    • We live in an uncertain world
  • For the Christian - the world is not uncertain
    • God is upon His throne
    • We are told things will worsen
    • We are to be expecting the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ
    • The man of sin is coming
    • The world is not out of control
  • Matt 25: the Parable of the Ten Virgins
    • Jesus is in the middle of the Mount of Olives discourse
      • Starting at 24:3
      • Jesus speaks of a terrible tribulation
      • The coming of Jesus - 24:36-51
    • 25:1-13
      • The Parable focuses on the coming of the bridegroom
      • 5 wise and 5 foolish maid servants
      • 5 are prepared and 5 are unprepared
      • The bridegroom suddenly comes
      • Some are gathered into the wedding and the door shut, some are kept out of the wedding
      • Message in v13 - "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming."
  • Overview:
    • All is not equal
    • The Bridegroom is coming
    • There are two destinations

All is not equal

  • Jesus is giving an illustration - the 3rd stage of a Jewish wedding
    • 1st stage - a contractual arrangement between the two fathers
    • 2nd stage - a formal engagement
    • 3rd stage - the bridegroom prepares a place for his wife (over 1 year) and the collects her
      • Explanation
  • All is not equal
    • Initially, the bridesmaids look the same
      • Same dress, same function
    • 5 are wise, 5 are foolish
      • Something different about their characters
    • 5 are carefree, 5 are diligent
  • Jesus often provides a contrast in his teaching
    • Examples: The wise and foolish builder, the sheep and goats, the good and bad fish, the wheat and tares, the narrow and wide path
    • The bridesmaids - a picture of the church (not so much the world)
      • They are waiting for the coming of the bridegroom
      • Examples of those in the church
  • The passage is a call to examine yourself
    • Are you in the faith?
    • Not 50% who are saved and  50% who are not - not literal numbers
    • Consider the parable of the sower
    • cf 2 Tim 3:5 - there are those who appear outwardly as Christians, but are not
    • Last weeks sermon - not wearing the wedding garment (Christ's righteousnesses)
      • Rev 19 - the garment is Christ's righteousnesses and describes our sanctification
  • Let us examine ourselves [are you saved?]

The Bridegroom is coming

  • Consider the bridesmaids - 5 had their priorities right and 5 had their priorities wrong
    • What is the thing that really matters in our live?
    • Can we say 'for me to live is Christ'?
  • Jesus' coming will be sudden – 24:37-39
    • Examples
    • His coming may be any time of day - unexpected
  • The whole emphasis is be ready
    • 24:40-41 - One is taken and one is left
    • 24:42 - "Watch therefore, for you do know what hour your Lord is coming"
    • 24:43-44 – An unexpected hour
    • 25 - the emphasis is on 'doing' - are you living for Christ
  • Are you ready for the coming of Christ?

There are two destinations

  • Contrast between inside and outside
    • The 5 wise virgins belong to Christ
      • They shall be eternally safe and with the Lord
      • They shall be in His presence
      • The hope of the Christian
    • The 5 foolish virgins
      • Jesus does not recognise them - 25:12
      • It is too late to enter
      • cf Luke 13:22-30
    • What will keep you out of heaven?
  • There are no second chances
    • You must make the decision now
    • Those who are shut out are shut our because of their unbelief
  • God sometimes gives people second chances in life
    • We should not take our life for granted
    • Sometimes people mock Christianity - but God will not be mocked
    • Consider the example of Noah
  • There are only two destinations in life: heaven and hell
    • Which is it for you?

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

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