The Local, Visible Bride – 4

NEW TESTAMENT PARABLES

Parable of the Ten Virgins

         Mat 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

         Mat 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

These ten virgins go forth to meet the bridegroom, indicating they know who the bridegroom is and are awaiting his arrival. There should be no doubt these ten are saved. Moreover, I maintain that these “ten virgins” represent ten Baptist churches.

         Mat 25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

         Mat 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

The “foolish” virgins took their lamps or candlesticks (see Revelation 2,3) but no oil with them. The “oil” spoken of refers to the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is the power and fuel for a local church. Without the oil or Holy Ghost, the light will not shine—they will lose their salt. The wise, however, took oil in their vessels with their lamps. Their candlestick is still operating. In other words, five congregations lost their “power and authority” and are no longer “scriptural churches”; the five other maintained their “power and authority” and were “scriptural churches.”

         Mat 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Notice, they all slumbered and slept, but the important thing is that the Wise had oil in their vessels. Note also that the bridegroom is gone away. Often, Jesus would liken himself unto a bridegroom or man gone into a far country soon to return. He has promised he will not tarry, albeit it seems he is. Read 2 Peter 3:9-13:

         2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

         2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

         2Pe 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

         2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

The five wise virgins represent those who are holy in conversation and godliness as Peter instructs. We are commanded to look for the coming day of the Lord. But, the difference is that the wise had oil in their vessel. They had the Holy Ghost lighting their candlestick—they still had legitimacy and authority. It is one thing to be asleep, but it is another to not know the oil is gone out. Consider 2 Peter 3:13: “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” All ten looked for new heavens and a new earth, but only five had walked in holiness.

So, we return to the parable:

         Mat 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

         Mat 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

The bridegroom cometh in the clouds to rapture the saved at which point also the faithful Bride will be revealed.

         Mat 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

         Mat 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

Suddenly, and at the last moment when it is too late, will people awake to shame, finding themselves to have been unfaithful in the things the Lord left them to do! The Bible says, “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming” (1 Jn 2:28). We see the difference between the bride and the rest of the redeemed: confidence and shame.

         Mat 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

The five foolish “go to buy” more oil, and as they do the Lord comes and takes his bride into the marriage (supper). The door is shut, so to speak,. This means they are not able to participate in that glorious reception. This does not mean they are unsaved. This means they missed out on a special blessing God reserved for his Son and Bride. Salvation is a free gift not to be confused with the blessing that is reserved for the faithful.

         Mat 25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

         Mat 25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

Jesus said, “I know you not”, indicating he never knew the five foolish in an intimate sense—we have every indication that they are saved.

         Mat 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

This is an important charge to any number of churches: watch. We need to be found faithful. Bride, prepare yourself for your Lord cometh and brings his reward. If you are not in a New Testament (True Baptist) church, you are implored to find one at once!

Parable of the Son’s Marriage

         Mat 22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,

         Mat 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

         Mat 22:3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

Those first bidden by the King’s servants—OT prophets and also Apostles/churches—were the Jews, but they denied the Lord Jesus and would not come as it is written, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (Joh 1:11) and in another place,

         Mat 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Continuing in the parable of the Wedding Banquet, the Bible reads,

         Mat 22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

The servants, or the Bride, are again sent to prepare her guest list.

         Mat 22:5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:

         Mat 22:6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

         Mat 22:7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

This is prophetic of the sacking of Jerusalem in 70 AD, which was God’s judgment upon the very people who rejected the Lord Jesus.

         Mat 22:8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

         Mat 22:9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.

         Mat 22:10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

The guests are those Gentiles who are saved but were not baptized into one of the Lord’s Baptist assemblies or who were unfaithful. Either way, every person is called to some extent. There is the “general” call, which goes out into the entire world, and there is the “effectual” call, which is when a person gets saved. But, even though a person may genuinely be born again, many are called, but few are chosen.

         Mat 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

         Mat 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

The man without a wedding garment is an impostor because he is without a wedding garment much like the five unwise who lost their legitimacy and authority and were therefore shut out of the wedding banquet. Truly, “But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more” (Luk 12:48). In another book I have written (True Anabaptist Fundamentals), I explain how Outer Darkness in every context throughout Matthew is a particular condition designated for only the saved who did not overcome and is not reference to hell. In short, it is a condition of shame and sadness; there is no loss of salvation. It is the “loss of reward” during the Millennial Kingdom. It is being “shut out” of the Kingdom and dwelling outside of the city.

         Mat 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

         Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

The sum of this study is that the Bride is an amalgam of all the Baptist churches and their members that were faithful to Christ, the bridegroom, and only these are responsible for creating the guest list and compelling others to come a join the blessedness. Let us be found faithful so we may be part of that future Bride and can go in unto the Marriage supper and rule and reign with Christ!

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