The meaning of the Parable of the 10 Virgins and the 5, the 2 and the 1 talent.

Matthew 25

 1Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
 3They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
 4But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
 5While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
 6And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
 7Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
 8And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
 9But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
 10And 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.
 11Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
 12But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
 13Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
 14For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
 15And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
 16Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
 17And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
 18But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
 19After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
 20And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
 21His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
 22He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
 23His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
 24Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
 25And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
 26His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
 27Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
 28Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
 29For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.


            It isn’t lost on me that these two parables are back to back so let’s start with the first one. The oil spoken of in this parable is the oil of anointing. And the wise women were the ones that were active in their gifting; Their flow of anointing was continuous.

           They are wise because it is the flow of anointing that is the River Of Living Waters that Jesus speaks of. And we have to be connected to the branch, (Jesus through The Holy Spirit), to receive it.  This is important because it is the flow of anointing that erodes the foundations of stronghold and reaches into the places where will and word can’t reach, to cleanse and refresh those places dried and dead in our heart. It is directed to those places by the working of The Holy Spirit, creating a partnership between us and Him and is the basis of people’s relationship to Him and therefore Jesus and through Jesus to the Father. This is how we become one as “Me and You are one,” (Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.)  Now this is how we are to work our anointing.

            Everyone reborn into the Kingdom receives two things. A measure of faith and a Gift. The faith is simple faith not to be confused with The Gift of Faith. This faith is to be taken and grown, exercised like any muscle until it becomes strong. We grow our faith by believing in Jesus and enduring things that we don’t understand. Which mostly come in the form of hardships. Facing the very same things we faced as nonbelievers, we now accept that the Lord is working for our good and we stop worrying and fretting and allow Him to work in our lives. We allow Him to work the ways and means to His discretion. When anything comes against us we are to purposely and actively settle our hearts and continue walking in faith that He is working it out; Praying and leaving the matter to Him. No matter how it looks or what the other or other people say to you. Jesus allowed hardship from the other to occur to Job because he was a Pharisee convinced of his own worth. And through it his wife was nagging him to deny God before he killed him. He refused and this refusal saved his live. Job was persistent in his belief in God and was rewarded for enduring the trials.  Jesus later translated this unto grace as “The patience of Job.” We are to stay in His rest and stand firm in our belief that He loves us and is working on our behalf. We are to rest because when the other can get us to start running around and worrying we cannot hear the Holy Spirit speak to us and we miss opportunities He has created for us. Growing this faith is a key to getting into Heaven.

            The second part is What Paul calls "But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.. "(1 Cor 12:31) ; The Gift that is given every believer upon their rebirth. Gifts are used for other people, not ourselves.  The first are the Ephesian gifts of Government and administration, given to operate the church. And I will direly warn against standing in some of these offices without the anointing. It’s a matter of life and death. The next are the Corinthian gifts; given, first and foremost, for the coherence of the Body. These gifts also edify and mature the Body so that it may be a more perfect representation of The Trinity and an image of the operations of Heaven. The lat set are the Roman Gifts. Given to the Body for non believers, as the testimony by The Holy Spirit to the truth of the words of Jesus.

            The Holy Spirit can activate the anointing of any gift at anytime in anyone for a particular situation as a testimony to the receiver. The Holy Spirit also assigns gifts to each person. Some more than one. And He also gives the anointing for use that gift. We are to seek that gift(s) out and employ them toward their intended purpose.  

            Above all, do not be afraid. He has sent the Counselor to help us and guide us through this. He is not there to condemn but to teach and guide us through the works of the spirit. Our purpose is to bless people, not try to "straighten them out." The blessing will be a "sign and a wonder" to them.

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