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Are All 10 Virgins Saved? (Matt. 25.1-13)

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vv.2-4 Two classes of virgins. Many commentators take the five foolish virgins to be the unsaved, yet there are so many iron-clad evidences to overturn such an interpretation that we will mention only fifteen of them, which serve also as important proofs that these foolish virgins are saved ones:

 

(1) These five foolish ones are virgins. Even through verse 11, they are still termed virgins. Throughout the parable the Lord never called this matter into question; on the contrary, He continually recognized this as a fact.

 

(2) There are lights in their lamps (v.8). These lights sustained them up to midnight and the time of their lamps “going out” (not even that they had “gone out”), showing that the lights are not yet extinguished. And hence these virgins have “good works” and they “glorify [their] Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5.16) due to the indwelling Holy Spirit in them, except that now their lights are going out.

(3) They all go forth to meet the bridegroom. The unsaved will never be able to go out to meet the bridegroom. Will bandits ever light their torches and go forth to meet the government troops?

(4) “But at midnight there is a cry.... Come ye forth to meet him”—The cry is to all the ten virgins. The archangel surely will not call mistakenly nor the Lord use any word incorrectly.

(5) Oil in their lamps, even though it is granted that there is no oil in the vessels. Oil signifies the Holy Spirit, and hence these foolish virgins must be saved ones.

 

(6) “Then all those virgins arose” (v.7). It refers to but one resurrection common to all ten. For note that a thousand years shall separate the resurrection of the saved from that of the unsaved.

(7) The five wise virgins go in with the bridegroom (v.10); afterward come also the foolish virgins (v.11). They all are raptured to the air, except that the latter five cannot attend the marriage feast. (8) The difference between the five wise and five foolish virgins lies in their conduct, not in their nature—since all of them are virgins with no divergence of true or false, the only distinction being between being wise or foolish. To be foolish does not mean to not be saved.

 

(9) Due to the tarrying of the bridegroom (v.5), the lamps of the foolish are going out. If the bridegroom does not tarry, these may be just as qualified as the wise ones to enter.

(10) These five foolish are virgins from the beginning to the end (v.11).

 

(11) “Buy for yourselves” (v.9). To the unsaved, it cannot be a matter of “buying” but one of “asking” since grace is freely given. Only to the saved can the word be “buy”—which means paying a price.

(12) If the five foolish are unsaved, then according to this interpretation it would seem that they are being given another opportunity to be saved after they die, because the wise virgins counsel them to go and buy oil.

 

(13) If the five foolish are unsaved, would the five wise say, “Peradventure there will not be enough for us and you”? If these foolish are truly unsaved, these five wise cannot make any excuse but must pay any cost to help; for how can they stand by and do nothing for the perishing?

 

(14) “Watch therefore,” says the Lord (v.13). To be watchful requires life. If the five foolish are not saved, they cannot be exhorted to watch but must be urged to repent.

(15) In contrast to the parable of the gospel feast told of in Matthew 22, which is directed towards the lost, this parable is spoken to the disciples. Matthew 22 is concerned with the question of being saved or perishing, but this is not the concern of Matthew 25. Whoever is bound and cast out in the parable of Matthew 22 is totally helpless, but the foolish virgins who are barred are still quite free. The earlier parable relates to the gain or loss of the king, while the latter story pertains to that of the virgins. The one refers to the glory of the king; the other reflects upon the welfare of the virgins.

 

In interpreting the Scriptures believers today devote themselves almost entirely to the problem of whether saved or unsaved, not realizing that there is the equally important question of the kingdom after once being saved.

 

The wise and the foolish differ not in nature, only in conduct. There is one place in the New Testament that can prove this point, and for this we must consult Matthew 7.24-26. The wise man is he who does the words of the Lord, while the foolish man is one who does not obey them. The rock stands for the words of the Lord, but the sand signifies the ideas of man. To build upon the rock is to do everything according to God’s word; to build upon the sand is to do things according to one’s own ideas. “The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 9.10). It is therefore wise to be simple before God and foolish to rebel against Him. To say “perhaps” or “according to my own opinion” is really being foolish. To do what God says may look like utter foolishness to man but it is real wisdom to God.

 

Only in two points do the two classes of virgins differ: (1) the wise ones carry oil in their vessels while the foolish do not; and (2) the wise virgins go in to the marriage feast whereas the foolish ones are rejected. Their similarities are many, such as they all (1) are virgins, (2) have lamps (the appearance), (3) they bear light (the conduct which glorifies God), (4) have oil (the Holy Spirit), (5) go forth to meet the bridegroom (waiting), (6) sleep, (7) hear the midnight cry, (8) arise (resurrection), and (9) trim their lamps (prepare oil). Yet however numerous are their similarities and seemingly limited are their differences, the consequences for each group are far, far apart. What care must we therefore exercise! Whatever may be the cause, that will be the effect. Today’s difference will produce tomorrow’s divergence. The glory or shame in the age to come is decided today.

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when it comes to the story of the ten virgins

i offer some "facts" and thoughts for pondering

 

fact ;

the wife that Jacob loved had 2 sons

 

each of the kingdoms ( northern and southern ) had one

 

when Benjamin was brought before Joseph in Egypt

he was given 5x times the amount of the other brothers

 

when Jacob was giving out blessings to his sons

he gave Joseph a double blessing

 

thoughts

 

two groups of Israel are seen here ( northern and southern)

both have the story

both went through the wilderness

both descend from Abraham Isaac, and Jacob

 

these are the 2 groups of virgins {{ imo}}}

when Jesus comes ( at the rapture)

the 5 who still don't believe Jesus to be the messiah won't go

instead they will need to get more oil ( from Enoch and Elijah; as the 2 witnesses of revelation)

 

---- the story of these 2 kingdoms

are set and seen in the parables over and over

prodigal son

the talents

widow and 2 coins

good Samaritan etc

 

in fact this and the prodigal son are almost the same story {{{ imo}}}

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The point of the virgins is that not all Christians are overcomers. Thus, not all Christians receive the reward of reigning during the millennial kingdom, just as those who are alive at the first rapture not all will be taken, but most left to pass through the Tribulation.

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On 3/4/2015 at 6:00 PM, Patrib said:

Why would some people say the 5 unwise virgins are not saved?

 

 Because Jesus declares that He doesn't know them in Matthew 25:12, whereas in John 10:27 He declares that He does know those who belong to Him. 

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The fact that the foolish virgins were not allowed to attend the wedding feast shows that they are not saved.  They represent those who profess to be believers but who in fact do not have eternal life.

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 The "oil" could represent the Holy Spirit (cf. 1 John 2:20, 27).

 

     1. Charles Ellicott: the “oil” is the divine grace, or more definitely, the gift of the Holy Spirit, without which the torch first burns dimly and then expires. The foolish virgins neglected to seek that supply, either from the Great Giver, or through the human agencies by which He graciously imparts it.

https://biblehub.com/commentaries/ellicott/matthew/25.htm

     2. W. E. Vine: for lamps, in which the "oil" is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 25:3, 4, 8 (Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, Oil).

https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ved/o/oil.html

 

5 of them had oil, but 5 did not. Those who possess the Holy Spirit are saved, while those who do not possess Him are lost.

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