October 5, 2021
If we read the record in Matthew 25:1-13, we will find some interesting things, as follows:
1. Jesus described an important event that was sure to take place in His kingdom: The marriage supper of the lamb – a very historic moment in which He would come as the bridegroom for His church.
His own church is an individual believer who has been proven giving up all for Christ and the interest of the Kingdom. Bringing up divine nature in daily life and using the measure of grace bestowed by the Father into various potentials, abilities or skills that are useful to position themselves as influential, authoritative and powerful people in society.
Personally, He will come to make a ‘covenant’ with individual believers who have brought forth fruit. From then on, they get connected with God’s own sovereignty – the feast of the lamb begins.
Through the lives of believers who are connected to God’s sovereignty, there will be many people who are actually ‘not worthy’ to enjoy the feast and the goodness of the King who is actually given the gift to enjoy it.
2. God describes the believers who are waiting for the moment of the arrival of the bridegroom with a picture of ten virgins waiting with their own lamps.
It is interesting to know that the Greek word used to write the word ‘lamp’ is ‘lampas’, which can be translated: A lamp that needs oil to keep its flames burning.
3. Of the ten virgins, the Bible records that five of them are called wise virgins and the rest are called foolish virgins.
It is interesting to know that the word foolish virgin, written with the Greek word, ‘mōros’, can be translated as: showless, devoid of respect – a life without God.
4. In waiting for the arrival of the groom, the ten virgins were both asleep.
5. The difference between a wise girl and a foolish girl is the reserve oil they carry.
Again, there is an interesting aspect of ‘oil’ that distinguishes a wise girl from a foolish girl. The word ‘oil’ is written with the Greek word, ‘elaion’, which is often translated: olive oil – oil to fill or light a lamp, oil to rub on the sick, oil to anoint one’s head and body at feasts.
For most preachers, they immediately mean that the ‘oil’ is meant to speak of the Holy Spirit. I kind of object to that understanding because:
a. When the bridegroom came, the foolish girl asked the wise girl for ‘oil’, but the wise girl refused and said: There won’t be enough for us and you (Matthew 25:9). If the ‘oil’ is the Holy Spirit, He will always be ‘sufficient’ for everyone.
b. The wise girl went on to say: Go to those who ‘sell oil ‘ and buy some for yourself. Again, if the ‘oil’ is meant is the Holy Spirit, He is a person who cannot be ‘traded’. The Father gives the Holy Spirit as a gift to anyone who asks Him (Luke 11:13, Acts 2:38).
c. The Bible records a time limit for obtaining the ‘oil’ (Matthew 25:10). If the ‘oil’ in question is the Holy Spirit, once again, the Father has opened a space for every believer to experience and enjoy the reality of the Holy Spirit whenever and wherever they need Him.
I’m more convinced that the ‘oil’ in question refers more to a process and a personal experience that a person goes through when the flesh in their life is crushed. As olive oil is the result of crushed olives.
So, the conclusion is that while there are many believers who long to bring forth the fruits of the kingdom and connect with God’s sovereignty so that their daily lives can manifest the power and glory of the kingdom, not all of them are willing to experience the crushing and death of the flesh, making it difficult for them to ‘ enter the moment of the covenant with God. Just like a marriage, immediately after the covenant, whatever belongs to the groom automatically belongs to the bride (Ephesians 5:32).
The crushing of flesh can be experienced in two ways:
1) Through ‘unpleasant life experiences’ but we must respond accurately (Psalm 66:10-12).
Through the response that ‘crushes or kills of flesh’, we come to experience the reality of God’s existence (Isaiah 57:15, 66:1-2, Matthew 5:3).
2) Through ‘wrestling’ with His Word – taking time, self-discipline to imagine and speak His Word until a nature that is aligned with His Word is awakened in our spiritual man (Genesis 32:24-28).
Indeed, it takes a determination or a price to be paid to experience the crushing of the flesh to awaken the divine nature in our spiritual man. But that is the only ‘oil’ that will be able to maintain and condition us to be the bride who is taken by the groom and enjoy the covenant with Him.
Ps. Steven Agustinus
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