The Ten Virgins

Summer in the Parables

The Ten Virgins

Matthew 25:1-13

1. Who is the audience?
Jesus is speaking to His disciples.

2. What is the setting?
They are just outside of Jerusalem sitting on the Mount of Olives.

Matthew 24:37-51

3. What is the story being told?
• He is speaking to His church – His bride.
• vs. 1- “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids (many versions say virgins – virgins are a symbol of purity) who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
• 5 were foolish and 5 were wise.
• Oil represents Holy Spirit and the lamp represents us

1 Corinthians 6:19

Matthew 5:14-15

Ephesians 5:18


Matthew 25:5

This verse simply means – it’s going to be a journey. As we are waiting on the Bridegroom to take us home, we will face opposition and temptations from the enemy. We will be tempted to become lazy in the waiting. We will be tempted to embrace this life here on earth as the sole point and purpose of our existence.

Matthew 24:9-10

• You must have an intimate, ongoing relationship with Holy Spirit!

Revelation 3:15-17

Romans 8:5-6

Every step I take must be with Holy Spirit in mind.

John 14:26

Luke 12:35-38

Every step I take must be with Holy Spirit in mind.

Romans 8:26

Matthew 25:31-40

• There are a lot of “followers” out there who aren’t following Holy Spirit – there trying to lead Him and they don’t even realize it!

Bill Johnson ~
“It is possible for us to engage with the Person of The Holy Spirit so that we can be used in ministry, instead of engaging Holy Spirit because we want deep relationship. If you engage with Holy Spirit because you merely want to be effective in ministry, then you’re developing professional intimacy… And what do we call people who are intimate as a profession? We must have personal intimacy with God, not professional intimacy.”

Matthew 7:21-23

Romans 14:17