This is part one of a three part series on “how to get extra oil.” We will be focusing on Matthew chapter 25 and looking closely at the three parables Jesus spoke of in an attempt to answer the question. So, What is extra oil, Why do we need it?
Let’s dig deeper in Matthew 25 to find out. Read the parable of the Ten Virgins, Matthew 25:1-13
Ten Virgins Parable Explained:
Ten virgins (bridesmaids) set out to go to a wedding feast. Jesus says that five were wise and five were foolish. They are all dressed for the occasion and have the necessary equipment for the journey ahead.
Night falls and they pull out their lamps. All ten virgins have:
The bridegroom (groom) for the wedding tarries, meaning he didn’t come on time. While the ten virgins (both the wise and foolish) wait for the groom to come, they fall asleep.
At midnight, a trumpet sounds and a cry is made that the bridegroom is coming and that it is time to go and meet him. That midnight cry wakes the ten virgins. They all get up and start to trim their lamps (this means to prepare them for use).
The five wise virgins took with them on their journey, extra oil in their vessels (little bottles). The five foolish didn’t take any extra oil. The five foolish ask the five wise to share their oil with them. Why, because their lamps were gone out (one translation says that their lamps were going out). The five wise said “NO!, we will not, if we do we will not have enough oil for ourselves and what we will give, if we give, will not be enough for you either. Go to people who sell oil and buy for yourselves.”
While they went to buy, the bridegroom arrived. They that were ready (including the five wise virgins) went in with the him to the marriage and the door was shut.
The virgins return, realizes the door is shut and says “Lord, Lord open to us”. (Lord is the bridegroom)
The Lord answered and said “Verily I say unto you, I know you not”
Jesus then ends by saying (Matthew 25:13) “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh”
The charge by Jesus here is to BE PREPARED, AT ALL TIMES for his Second Coming.
The Parable Analyzed:
Jesus begins with the phrase “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins” he was continuing on a comment he had mentioned previously and the ending of (Matthew 24). In that chapter, Jesus spoke about the signs of His second coming and the wisdom of watching and always being ready.
So, what was the difference between the wise virgins and the foolish virgins?
Wise – Were prepared
Foolish – Were not prepared
What did the wise possess that made them prepared.
Answer: EXTRA OIL
Question is, what is this oil and how do we get extra?
Observe: Both sets of virgins had oil, the difference between them is that the wise had extra.
OIL in this context represents the HOLY SPIRIT. Oil is normally used to anoint in the physical sense and in the spiritual sense the Holy Spirit is responsible for anointing, thus oil is synonymous with the Holy Spirit. Luke 4:18, Acts 10:38. So the five wise virgins had extra oil. Meaning, they had more of the Holy Spirit compared to the five foolish virgins.
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It is interesting to note that both groups had oil, they both had measures of the Holy Spirit but the wise were able to tap into the reservoir that they had stored up. They had an excess measure of the Holy Spirit compared to the foolish virgins. Why was that?
It is obvious that what the Oil represents, (Holy Spirit) is necessary for our salvation in the end times. So! How do we get this EXTRA OIL? How do we get an excess portion of the Holy Spirit within us?
Answer: Let’s continue to PART 2 – spoiler (answer can be found in the next verses in Matthew 25)