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Last year I attended a Bible study on the parables taught by a Baptist seminary student. One of the parables covered was this parable. The coming of the bridegroom is the day of our death, when we meet the Lord. Perhaps we will be raptured, but most of us will not. Falling asleep means dying. The prepared virgins who fell asleep and had a supply of oil were ...


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Are there any denominations that teach in a concrete and practical way "how to keep one's lamp full of oil" (verses 3-4) and "how to be known by the Lord" (verse 12)? The parable of the Bridegroom is a major part of the Holy Week services in the Eastern Orthodox church. On the Holy Tuesday services: On Holy Tuesday the Church calls to ...


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There is a difference in terminology between the 4 accounts of our Lord and the Pauline epistles concerning both salvation and his return. The so-called "4 gospels" concern Israel, the Circumcision, who must remain faithful "to the end" to be saved (Matthew 24:13). The parable of the 10 virgins teaches this to the Circumcision. Jesus ...


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A couple years ago, I read "The epistula apostolorum" which contained some information which adds something to consider deeply - And we said unto him: Lord, who are the wise and who are the foolish? He said unto us: Five wise and five foolish; for these are they of whom the prophet hath spoken: Sons of God are they. Hear now their names. But we ...


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How do Christians apply the Parable of the Ten Virgins to their lives? The use of oil in Biblical Times was fundamental to their existence in several aspects. It was used in cooking, baking, light source and healing to say the least. It was not a commodity that was hard to to find. Olive oil, in the time of Jesus was readily available at all the local ...


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The problem here is misunderstanding what the grace of God is. I will not go into any Pentecostal/Charismatic views of that but confine myself to what may fairly be viewed as representing, or agreeing with Reformed theology regarding grace: “This Life [of Christ] has to be received and then lived out. Once we get up-and-running and begin to mature in this ...


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The dietary restrictions God gave to the nation of Israel included prohibitions against eating pork, shrimp, shellfish and many types of seafood, most insects, scavenger birds, and various other animals. The dietary rules were never intended to apply to anyone other than the Israelites. The purpose of the food laws was to make the Israelites distinct from ...


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