By Allan B. Colombo
May 20, 2002 Journal Entry
Reading Matthew 25, it talks of the Kingdom of God by correlating certain aspects of life to what is expected of us. It does this through the recitation of Jesus' own words concerning the bridegroom and the ten virgins.
The summation of verses one through twelve is contained in verse thirteen:
The ten virgins are as you and I, the bridegroom as Jesus. The lamps are that which others see through watching us live our lives and the oil is the Word of God that fuels our lamps unto the world. In the end analysis, our lamps are either lit or they are dark. To keep them lit, in preparation for Christ's return, we need to fill our hearts and minds with His Word.
Perhaps another way to view this is by comparing the outward manifestation of our persons to those things we take in to our souls. We reflect what we consider the most. We, as members of the human race, see the things that go on around us as being entirely separate from God, Jesus, and what we read in the Bible. But are they really separated by anything whatsoever?
In closing, one last thought. Remember where Christ was tempted in the desert by Satan? The one temptation involved Satan taking Jesus to a high place where he showed Christ all the riches and power that Satan possessed on Earth. All Christ had to do to have a portion was to bow down to Satan. Don't think for one moment that the same offer was not made to mere men. Look at those who now have it and discern which ones that decided to take Satan up on his offer!
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