Are You Ready?

September 12, 2021

Parable of 10 bridemaids.

  • Matthew 25:1-11 – “Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’ “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’
  • Matthew 24, the birthing pains
  • Bridegroom is Jesus, bride is the Church/Ecclesia
  • Oil is the Holy Spirit. Being ready has everything to do with the Holy Spirit.
  • Ephesians 2:8-10a

False grace comes in two flavors

  • 5 equals grace – cheap grace (5 want-a-be’s) and the real thing
  • 2 Timothy 3:5– having a form of godliness but denying its power.
  • Two flavors are cheap grace and self-righteous grace – the want-to-be’s grace
  • Not suppose to look at everyone else

But there is a true oil, the Holy Spirit

  • 5 represents grace – a lot of 5’s in tabernacle
  • 5 ingredients to make anointing oil – Exodus 30:23-25
  • 1 John 2:27– But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit(really the anointing, Charisma, smeared on) teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.
  • The oil represents not just the Holy Spirit but anointing of the Holy Spirit
  • This is when we properly apply grace- Real grace allows us to fulfill the mission – not just one time thing
  • Galatians 5gives of what the fruit should look like
  • 1 Corinthians 12tells us about the gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Unless you receive the gift, your gift, for the most part, remains wrapped.

True grace is the sweet spot – but it’s a choice

  • Romans 8:4– He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow (are led by)our sinful nature but instead follow (are led by)the Spirit
  • Who u feeding, what nature, what Kingdom

       John 6

  • 50 Anyone who eats the bread from heaven, however, will never die.
  • 56 Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.
  • 66 At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him.
  • Hungry for righteousness, true righteousness – Matthew 5:6

Not in the trying, but in the surrender

  • Ephesians 2:8-10a– For by grace (charis) you have been saved through faith (pistis/believing), and that not of yourselves; it isthe gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. walk in it)…
  • How? – Salvation is free but real relationship is going to cost – true faith causes trust to follow
  • It’s in the surrender, always has been – Genesis 15:6– And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.