I am so thankful that we have the Word of God to reveal to us the history of mankind and his relationship to God. Without the Bible, we would be living by hearsay, but with it, we know God’s Word and His Words. It would be wise for the Church to return to the fulfilling of the Sunday School chorus, “The B-I-B-L-E, yes, that’s the book for me. I stand upon the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E.”
The percentage of the Church today is too high of those that not only do not stand on the Word, but do not know it or read it. I am a bit weary of religious leaders who proclaim that the Word of God must change to keep up with our culture when it is just the opposite that is true. Our culture needs to get back to the Word of God.
Paul told Timothy that, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man (and woman) of God may be perfect (mature), thoroughly furnished unto all good works”- 2nd Timothy 3:16, 17. This principle not only applies to corporate preaching and teaching, but to private meditation as well. In fact, I believe the private revelations of the Word to us personally will accomplish a deeper penetration of God’s communication into our heart and spirit. The Bible, as we read it on print and paper, is the “Logos” Word. The moment that God reveals a truth to us through His “logos” Word, it is a “Rhema” Word. These are the words that sink into our heart with a word for the season we are in. These words can also apply to the Church as the entire Body of Christ, the Church as a particular group of people, or to us as a personal word. I believe that the Holy Spirit is revealing to the Body of Christ a Rhema Word at this time found in Matthew Chapter 25. Take a moment and read Verses 1-13. Read it slowly. Meditate on it. Then continue with this devotional.
“Then” in Verse 1, indicates Jesus is still speaking of the last days. To Him, it was in the future. To us it is right now. “The Kingdom of Heaven” refers to the moment of time when His return is imminent. Once again, to us, it is right now. The number “ten” indicates as well a completion of an age, or in the perfection of time, once again indicating Jesus’ return.
Then Jesus uses the term “virgin” for those who are waiting for Him. This is a term that we have downgraded in importance in our world today. Our world would rather hand out condoms to our young people than preach abstinence. In the spiritual aspect of this parable, it seems to be those who have saved themselves to serve the Lord and only the Lord. They fulfill the commandment to “Have no other gods before Him.”
Notice in Verse One that all ten are virgins. They dress the same. They all have lamps. They all went forth to meet the bridegroom. At this point, there is no difference in them, but Verse Two tells us there is. Five were wise. Five were foolish. Verse Three explains why the foolish were foolish. They took no oil with their lamps. They looked just like the wise, but the amount of oil they carried was less. Proverbs 20:27 says, “The spirit of man is the Lamp of the Lord.” The oil in this parable is Holy Spirit. There was a moment in the lives of those ten virgins that five of them chose to receive more oil and five did not. We do not know why the five chose not to get more oil. But we do know the consequences were tragic.
The word, “foolish,” means “silent.” When the five foolish virgins had the opportunity to receive more oil, they were silent. This is not a time to be silent about our faith. This is not a time to refrain from proclaiming, “I need Jesus. I need Holy Spirit. I need the presence of God.” No excuse is worth the eternal consequences of being shut out from the presence of God.
Another meaning of foolish is “dull,” meaning our spiritual senses are numb. If we choose to continually deny the oil of Holy Spirit in our lives, our spiritual senses will be dull and we will be led astray. Holy Spirit is a Person. He can be grieved. He can be turned away.
Remember, in Verse One, all the virgins dressed alike. Many Christians know how to dress to look like a Christian. They all talk alike. Many Christians have their own spiritual language and can speak as if they have it all together. They all walk alike. Many Christians can even walk different on their way into the church doors. But if there is no oil in the lamp, there is no light.
All ten virgins had oil in their lamps at the beginning of this parable; but by Verse Eight, the lamps of the foolish were dimming. They all knew nightfall was coming. They all knew the bridegroom was coming. But because the bridegroom tarried and the foolish chose not to get any more oil, they missed the bridegroom. I wonder what the foolish virgins were doing while the wise virgins went to get oil? What could have been more important than making sure their lamps were full? What are people doing today instead of being filled with the Spirit? What could possibly be more important?
“The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord.” You are accountable for your own spirit. No one else is responsible for the amount of oil you have. It is your choice. When Holy Spirit makes Himself available to you, do you open your lamp and say fill me or do you shun Him for another activity?
Once again, remember they all were virgins. They all began with a desire to see the bridegroom come and take them in. Understand that it does not say five were wise and five were prostitutes. They all began with the desire to see the bridegroom. But when the foolish chose not to get oil, they were ready to meet him in appearance, but not in their heart.
Jesus said in the last days there would be a falling away and even the very elect would be lost. One reason for this is a lack of desire to receive Holy Spirit in fullness. If there ever was a day we need Jesus, it is now. If there ever was a day we need Holy Spirit, it is now. Please do not turn Him away. Fill your lamp full of Him and shine brightly in this dark world. There is absolutely nothing in this world that is worthy of replacing the presence of God. There is nothing that compares to knowing that we are ready should He return at this moment to take His bride away.
Take a moment now, whether you have been a believer for many years or just a few hours, and offer your spirit to the Lord. Allow Him to fill you with Holy Spirit and be assured that you are ready if Jesus would return now. The midnight cry is resounding loud and clear, “Behold! The Bridegroom cometh! Go ye out to meet Him!”
Looking For Him,
NOTE: Continued in December Devotional