Do you know what the parable of the ten virgins means? Jesus gave this parable to us so that we can prepare ourselves for His soon return. Therefore, we will work our way through this parable verse by verse so we can get the full message that Jesus is telling us.

The Bible says, “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom” (Matthew 25:1 KJV).

Who are the ten virgins and the bridegroom?

The Bible says, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25 KJV). Christ’s relationship with His church is symbolized as a husband and wife relationship. These virgins are preparing for the wedding that is foretold, “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7 KJV).

John said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29 KJV).

These virgins “took their lamps.”

The Bible says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalms 119:105 KJV). These virgins (God’s church) took their lamps (Bibles) in preparation to meet the bridegroom (Jesus).

The next verse says, “And five of them were wise, and five were foolish” (Matthew 25:2 KJV). What would make only five wise? The Bible says, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15 KJV). The Holy Scriptures are the only thing that will make one “wise unto salvation through faith.” But, all ten had Bibles. What’s the difference?

The Bible says, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV).

So possessing a Bible is not enough. We must study it because it is the only way to “shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness” (2 Timothy 2:16 KJV).

Next week we’ll continue our study on the ten virgins.

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