summary, reflection, prayer
Context: Matthew 25
Focus: Matthew 25:1-13
“Five of them were foolish and five were wise.”
foolish: greek: 3474 mōrós – dull, stupid,
wise: greek: 5429 phrónimos – sensible and prudent
Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins who went to meet their Bridegoom. Five were wise and five were foolish. The wise had enough oil for their lamps to continue their journey to meet the Bridegroom but the others did not, and while they were off to buy more oil the Bridegroom came. They were too late to enter the door of the marriage feast. When they tried to enter, they found the door was locked. When they called to the Bridegroom to open the door, He said, Believe me, I don’t know you.
Jesus said to Nicodemus when he inquired of Him how to get to heaven, that one must be born again. The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are synonymous as to where eternal life takes place. So in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven where God reigns eternal, one must receive God’s salvation through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. The foolish have a form of godliness they have to maintain; dependent on the things of this world that pass away. John 3: 3-13
The wise receive God’s salvation and the Holy Spirit dwelling within them keeps their love for Christ aflame. Religion is not the way to sustain a relationship with Jesus Christ and does not make us righteous in God’s sight. The Holy Spirit is the oil that keeps the light of our passion for Christ, shining brightly, ready to meet our Savior when He calls us into His heavenly home.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:21-23
CR – Ephesians 1:13, Luke 24:32,
Resource: What is a “Form of Godliness”?