I have been trying to show you in past sermons that the ark is a type of our Lord Jesus Christ. Being spiritually "in Christ" you are delivered from the wrath of God against your sin. The ark had a door and this door was also a picture of God's purpose. The door was open for a time, for Noah and his household and the animals to enter. And then at the appointed time, the time when God would bring the judgment, the door would be closed. The Lord's shutting the door of the ark is meant to instruct us concerning our responsibility to enter into God's great purposes before it is too late; that we will repent of all of our sins and believe in Christ. In salvation, God Himself will then lead you into a new life of righteousness and holiness.
It is our responsibility to enter into the ark of Christ's salvation and be saved from this present worldly and sinfully perverse generation. We cannot leave the world, but we can leave off our love of the world and our love of sinning when we are in Christ. When we find grace we will be able to change more and more into people who want to do God's will. What I want to do this morning is to show you more of this truth of God's great purposes and your great responsibility in relation to God's shutting Noah in. Let me give you 3 observations.
The title of the message has 2 meanings. The first relates to whether or not we are eagerly anticipating the second advent of Christ. The second relates to whether we are properly stewarding the gifts and talents the Lord has given. The day and the hour of Christ's return are unknown to all but the Father. Nevertheless, we are to be both vigilant and diligent. This is not only a command of the Lord, but also a way to demonstrate to ourselves and others the genuineness of our faith.
Matthew 25 is the completion of the third and last cycle of Jesus' Olivet Discourse. The theme of Jesus' Coming being unknown, unexpected, and unavoidable--and so we are to be ready and be faithful--continues with three final parables/lessons. Jesus' first parable is that of the wise and foolish virgins, which emphasizes the need to be prepared and the warning of false professions.
Matthew 25:1-13: The Bridegroom is Coming! Go out to Meet Him!
I. Procession (vv1-2)
---A. Weddings were Great Occasions
---B. Weddings had Processions
---C. Maidens had part in Processions
---D. Maidens were not all alike…
II. Preparations (vv3-5)
---A. Foolish were Not Prepared (v3)
---B. Wise were Prepared (v4)
---C. All were Sleeping (v5)
III. Predicament (vv6-9)
---A. Finally! (v6)
---B. Fear! (vv7-8)
---C. Failure! (v9)
IV. Pronouncements (vv10-13)
---A. For Wise (v10)
---B. For Foolish (vv11-12)
---C. For All (v13)
Dr. Gerald Bilkes
Scripture: Matt 25:1-13
Theme: Five Wise, Five Foolish
Christ's coming surprises everyone.
Christ's coming reveals a dreadful lack.
Christ's coming seals some in, and others out.
We will look at 1 - The Similarities 2. The Differences 3. Who are the Wise and Foolish ones?
Both of these groups of people have lamps. They all went out to meet the Bridegroom. They were looking for the Lord Jesus Christ. But while He delayed, they both got drowsy. They begin to fall asleep. They were not alert in watching and waiting for Him.
When the Bridegroom comes, they all get up. He is here. The call has come! They all trimmed their lamps.
But the differences are these: The prudent took oil. They were prepared. The foolish did not take oil with them. They realized they had forgotten something. The oil. They ask the wise for theirs, but they say no. You go buy for yourselves. They leave their post. And so, while they were gone, the Bridegroom comes and the wise enter in, and the door is shut.
Who were these foolish and wise? The foolish are those who think they are, and appear to be, Christians. But they lack the oil of the Holy Spirit giving them New Birth, and grace. The wise are those who are saying - It is in Christ alone that all my hope is. The oil represented their true faith based upon the grace that they had received from Christ.