Matthew 25: 1-8 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry rang out “Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!” “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out“
I was talking with my daughter last night about how I think we might be able to lose our salvation and want to make sure she strengthens her relationship with God so she can stand strong in the end times.
We read about the Ten Virgins, you see part of it above. At that time when the kingdom of Heaven is near, in the end times it will be like this story. Jesus gives this example of Ten people who were waiting for Him to arrive, 5 of them had oil in their lamps and more in jars, the other 5 were running out of oil because they fell asleep while they were waiting for Him to come. When He was arriving the 5 without oil said their lights were going out and started to try and hurry and get oil to restore their light, while they were gone they were locked out of Heaven with Jesus saying “I do not know you”.
This can only be 1 of 2 things, either there were 10 born again Christians and only 5 of them had enough oil to keep their lights burning, this you would get by reading the word, praying, obeying, having a relationship with Jesus now. Or there were 10 people who said they did believe in Jesus and the fact that He would return, but only 5 of them were actually born again, meaning they had a personal relationship with Him.
At one point though all ten of them had a light burning strong (which makes me think they were all born again because you don’t have that light or fire without the Spirit being in you), but it dimmed out in 5 of them, they didn’t keep up their relationship with God because He was taking so long and they fell asleep, they didn’t stay alert and keep watch for Him. They got to comfortable. They slacked on being in His Word, prayer, walking with Him, becoming more like Him.
It says in Matthew 24: 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. It doesn’t say He who was once filled with my Spirit will be saved, it says you who stand firm to the end. How can you stand firm to the end if you aren’t close to Him?
As we see the end approaching, I believe people will start to get really scared and insecure, so that parable of the seeds will be seen even more clearly, people running to things to bring as much security as anything in this world can, people will be turning from their Faith, basically freaking out.
Again in 1 Timothy 4:1 it says The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
I am aware that it says in 2 Corinthians 1:22 that God puts His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come. This is the one verse many hold onto to feel secure in their salvation and as an excuse why their sin doesn’t matter. When you deposit money in a bank, can’t you also take it out? When you pay deposits for utility bills don’t you get it back eventually?
What if God means we get that deposit but only keep it if we maintain our Spirit (oil)? In Psalm 51:11 David is pleading with God to not take his Spirit and cast him from His presence because of the sin he committed, why?
God gives instruction throughout the Bible about how we have to produce fruit, we have to have a close deep relationship with Him or He will say He never knew us.
Do you not think that these instructions are for His children? Do you think we can do whatever we want because we have that deposit?
Matthew 7:19 says every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown in the fire.
John 15:6 says If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. He is the vine and we are the branches (John 15:5) but we are to remain in Him and Him in us
Satan’s main concern, only concern is to destroy us and keep us from God, our sin distances us from God, do you think it can get our Spirit taken from us if we go to far and never repent?
Wouldn’t that be the ultimate deception by Satan, Him making us, God’s children believe that once saved always saved concept? To take His children from Him? When a parent loses their child isn’t that the most unbearable pain?
I don’t know about you but I am not taking that chance. The one thing I am totally sure of is that we need to maintain our oil and keep close to Him and alert no matter how long it takes Him to arrive.