Thursday, July 8, 2010
RFDS - Part 6 - Conclusion
Part Six - Conclusion
Relating this parable of the ten virgins to our own lives, the oil for the lamps has been said to represent the Holy Spirit, oil in other places in the Bible represents the Holy Spirit. But the oil has also been said to represent the personal relationship between the bride and her bridegroom, or her faith, or even her works. The bottom line it represents is readiness; readiness for the return of the Bridegroom. Are we ready for Christ’s return?
There are many who consider themselves Christians who won’t be taken in the rapture. They have not been washed in the Blood of the Lamb. They are not watching, as we are commanded to do. Christ will say to them, “Depart from me, I knew you not.” (Matthew 25:1) Could the oil represent their innocence? Whether or not they had indeed been washed in the Blood of the Lamb? The foolish virgins weren’t realistic about how long their oil would last and they were not ready when it was time to go. Were the foolish virgins living in the reality of salvation through Jesus Christ? Or were they just living under the title ‘Christian’ which many do, even though they have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Are we living in the reality of our salvation through Jesus Christ? If we call ourselves Christians, we are either one of the wise virgins or one of the foolish. We are either washed in the Blood of the Lamb, or not. We are innocent or we are not. How do we know?
When you ask yourself if you are among the innocent, what is your answer? Are you innocent but didn’t dare to call yourself innocent? Can you say it out loud? Is that being arrogant or proud or is it simply the word of your testimony?
Can you look around at your Christian friends and see their innocence? Maybe they too have been living in denial of the Truth that sets us free; that makes us wise. Saying it out loud is the first step to admitting and proclaiming the Truth that sets us free. Say it loud, and say it often - but know it and mean it.