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- (Matt 25:1-12) Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened to ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

2  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

3  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

4  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5  While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

6  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him.

7  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

8  And the foolish said to the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

9  But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go you rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

10  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

11  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

12  But he answered and said, Truly I say to you, I know you not.





Are you the kind of foolish virgin about whom Jesus speaks in the previous allegory? (Below, we are going to use the term convert to mean this kind of a person.) In other words, are you a person who wants to be a Christian, perhaps attends church meetings, but does not have any "oil in his lamp", in other words, no spiritual life in your heart? Are you, in other words, only a nominal Christian, do you have external Christian habits in your life, but have really not been born again and experienced a living faith?

   It really is possible that if God has not had the chance to awaken us, we are just these kinds of people. We can have all the external signs of Christianity, we may have turned away from certain sins, and we might think that we are on our way to Heaven, even though we are in fact going just the opposite direction. This is possible if we have not yet seen our true condition and the need for salvation in the light of God.

   For example, Oswald J. Smith who met a lot of people during his long career as a preacher has written about this. He says that many people who thought that everything was okay in their lives, did really not have a good understanding on how a person is saved:


Everywhere I go, I meet people who live by the wrong experiences and lean upon the wrong foundation, believing that they have been saved even though they have not been saved. Thousands and thousands of members of churches, hundreds of so-called Christians confess that they cannot tell the foundations of their heavenly hope. They think that in their lives everything is well; they think that they are ready to face God, but when asked a few simple questions their answers reveal that they are as ignorant about salvation as are the heathens of Africa. Satan has blinded their eyes, blocked their ears and darkened their understanding, so that they would not realize their mistake and turn to God. A night almost as black as coal covers their souls, and the enemy’s task is to hold them in this condition. Many of them are active employees of churches, faithful members of boards and associations, good, moral, and honest in their lives, but - unsaved. (1)


So that you would not remain in the condition of uncertainty as comes to the matter of your salvation, we are going to study this issue a little below. We will try to clarify how a convert - in other words, religiousness without Christ as a whole - comprehends salvation and what the life of a convert is like. We will also try to indicate in the light of the Bible how this kind of a person can be released from the foundation of lies that is common in religiousness. Perhaps you who do not yet have "oil in your lamp" can find salvation though these thoughts.


Chapter 1 - The life of the convert and his condition before God
Chapter 2 - Where the convert bases his hope on?
Chapter 3 - View of salvation
Chapter 4 - "You can’t be sure of salvation"
Chapter 5 - "Turning to God and salvation takes a long time"
Chapter 6 - "The wrong conversion" and wrong assurance
Chapter 7 - You can be born again!  References





Jari Iivanainen

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