Friday November 18, 2022
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps
and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise,
and five were foolish.”
Jesus speaks often of His return unto the final judgment.
In this parable He would tell us what a dreadful surprise it will be to those who at last shall see that they are forever excluded from the kingdom, that they are eternally lost.
Five of the virgins had never thought that this would happen.
I ask myself: I wonder if anyone will reach eternal perdition without feeling that it was something they thought would never happen, yes, could not happen?
If we could ask all the people who today are unconverted whether they are afraid of being lost, no doubt we would receive about the following answer: “Are you beside yourself? I be lost? Never!”
And they mean it in all sincerity, without a doubt.
How can they be so certain in the matter? Jesus speaks to them, too; He includes them also in His admonition.
Yes, He does. But many of them live in false peace. Admonition is ineffective. They are always positive of themselves.
Others, again, acknowledge, willingly enough, that they do not live as they ought and that their relationship with God is not as it should be. Nevertheless they do not think that they will be lost. They intend to be saved, and they do plan to repent. There is no doubt in their minds about that. But they cannot do it now.
Likely it is this type of thinking which gives them the necessary boldness to postpone their conversion.
Yes, we can understand full well that it will come as an unexpected surprise when they open their eyes in perdition.
O God, help the unconverted to heed Thy word.