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Word4Life: Are you ready? Part2

Word4Life: Are you ready? Part2

Part Two in the devotional series Are you ready? Taking a look at the significance of the lamp and oil in the parable of the 10 virgins. If you missed Part one please click here.

Are You Ready? Part Two

Scripture Reference: Matthew 25: 1-13; 22: 1-14

Every time I study God’s word I am amazed with the depth, dynamism and revelation that comes through studying, even in passages you’ve read several times but they somehow always seem fresh. Jesus used parables to expose some deep truths about the Kingdom of Heaven. A parable is defined as an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. As I looked at the parable of the 10 virgins I sought God’s direction concerning the significance of the lamp and the oil and what lessons can be applied to improve our understanding of our relationship with God. Lets set the foundation:

  1. The Lamp represents our new life in Christ
    When we accept God’s invitation to receive Him we are born again and given new life in Christ. That new life represents the lamp, and as we see in the passage all the virgins had their own as they awaited the arrival of the bridegroom. The lamp was necessary because as it turns out, it was a midnight wedding and without the lamp and light the virgins would have remained in darkness.
  2. The Oil represents the Holy Spirit
    Throughout the old testament oil was used to represent God’s anointing on someone for a divine call or purpose. It meant that God had chosen them, was with them and has empowered them to fulfill their purpose. The same is reflected in the New Testament where the evidence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the disciples represented God’s call upon their lives, His divine presence and the power to do the supernatural and to be witnesses of Christ (Acts 1: 8).
  3. The Light represents the natural reaction of the Holy Spirit burning in our lives
    The evidence of the Holy Spirit working in the lives of believers is something that cannot be hidden but is clearly seen. Jesus calls us the light of the world and says that through our light men will glorify God (Matthew 5: 14-16). The Holy Spirit is there to help us show forth the Light of God, to a world of darkness, in us His Lamps. We are powerless in ourselves to generate such Light we need God’s oil in order to do it.

If we accept the above there are so many lessons that are revealed in this parable that can help us live powerful, successful and impactful Christian lives. Part three of this devotional will look in to some of the lessons that can be learnt.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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January 7th, 2015

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