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Jesus Shuts the Door on Religion
by Clifford Tate 
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Matthew 25:10 But while they were going away to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were prepared went in with Him to the marriage feast; and THE DOOR WAS SHUT.” QAB

Religion is defined by human beings as an institution to express belief in a divine power. The premise of that definition sounds very good and appears to convey the very heart desire or intention of humanity. The problem with the religion in Jerusalem at the time our Lord walked there and today also is not in most cases the individuals seeking to meet the true God, but it was then and is now the institutions that have become rigid, politically correct, greedy for gain, ritualistic, and power hungry. The Jews had corrupted pure worship during the time of the Scribes and Pharisees.

Today many religious institutions have corrupted the simple proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of the large historical religious institutions have turned from the faith as we saw in our Lord’s words from Matthew Chapter 24 warning of the skandalizo to come and it is now here. Many of these institutions deny the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His miracles, and even many deny He is coming again in great power and glory and yet these institutions with their people still believe they will go to Heaven. Someone made a statement that says, “Religion is what man tries to do to get to God”, but Jesus Christ’s birth, sinless life, shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection from the dead is what God has done for man and his sin.

This parable of the wise and foolish virgins our Lord spoke is a continuation from the end of Matthew Chapter 24 where He is painting pictures to show a distinction between those who are regenerated and born again and those who merely have religion. In Matthew Chapter 25:1 the passage says that all ten of the virgins “took their lamps.” The taking of the lamps illustrate that all ten had made a verbal profession of faith in Jesus Christ at some point in time in their lives when they were young or older by walking an aisle, signing a card, being baptized and joining a Church.

Matthew 25:3 says the foolish virgins took no oil in their lamps. Oil in many instances in the Old Testament is a picture of God the Holy Spirit. King David said in Psalms 23:5, “You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.” The taking of no oil by the foolish virgins represents them not having God the Holy Spirit which makes them merely religious. They knew something dynamic was missing in their daily walk, but they instead counted on their Church membership and Church work to count for them in the end, even though they knew they were void of the power of God daily and were unsure if they had been baptized into Christ mystical body by the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus Christ was never real to them.

Back in Matthew Chapter 23 we witness our Lord cut down the religious Jews with 8 woe’s against their multitude of religious activity void of a real and true relationship with YAHWEH. Unlike King David who was a man after God’s own heart these religious Jews were more concerned with dotting every ritual I and crossing every ritual T and as our Lord said to them, “You have neglected the weightier matters of the law: judgment and mercy and faith.” The following expounds these three words: Judgment meaning justice (specifically Divine Law) and mercy meaning active human or Divine compassion and faith meaning moral conviction or the truthfulness of God.

In Matthew 25:6 the Lord Jesus arrives and all ten virgins were to go out to meet Him. In Matthew 25:7 they all “trimmed their lamps” which represent them putting things in order and examining themselves and in so doing in Matthew 25:8 the foolish virgins realize they lack the reality of personal relationship that the wise virgins manifested. The wise virgins who brought oil illustrates their receiving the gift of God the Holy Spirit and were always prepared to meet their God for He had not left them as orphans but instead manifested Himself to them and made His home with them daily. Therefore, the foolish virgins tried to receive from the wise some special prayer or laying on of hands so that the truth and sincerity of their worship and devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ might be exported or transferred to them somehow, but it can only be individually received through repentance and faith and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.

In Matthew Chapter 25:9 the wise virgins say to them go and pray to God perhaps He will be merciful in this late hour and grant you the gift of the Holy Spirit that you may then be ready to meet the Lord Jesus Christ. All of those who will be like the foolish virgins void of the same nature and character of the Lord Jesus Christ through regeneration and new birth as death is near will surely know it and be anxious and desperate at that time hurrying here and there trying to get some last minute miracle to ease, sooth, and quiet their conscience seeking peace in the end when they spent much of their days of strength running after the health, wealth, and prosperity pimps who never purpose then to do them any good and now are nowhere around. Our Lord receives His own and immediately shuts the door behind Him exactly as He did when Noah went into the Ark.

Genesis 7:16 And they that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded [Noah]; and the Lord shut him in {and} closed [the door] round about him. QAB

In Matthew 25:11-12 we see the foolish virgins bringing their religious works, the miracles they supposed they had done, and the many Prophetic revelations they assumed they received from God to the door and knocking seeking to gain entrance and even calling Jesus Lord, Lord but their access is denied. Why He denied them entrance is simple He said to them, “I do not know you.” He is God He knows everyone down to the number of hairs upon their heads so what does He mean when He says, “I do not know you.” He means you are not a partaker of My Divine Nature through regeneration and new birth and those are the only souls I know the ones that have My Nature. You are they who followed Me when your bellies were full, but never took up your cross daily and desired to be My disciple, but instead you loved your sin and never knew or loved Me.

Psalm 1:6 For the Lord knows {and} is fully acquainted with the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly [those living outside God's will] shall perish (end in ruin and come to nought). QAB

2 Timothy 2:19 But the firm foundation of (laid by) God stands, sure {and} unshaken, bearing this seal (inscription): The Lord knows those who are His, and, Let everyone who names [himself by] the name of the Lord give up all iniquity {and} stand aloof from it. QAB

The door of grace remains wide open right now for anyone desiring to have their sin taken away to come and drink of the water of life freely and turn from false spirituality, the miracle chasing, and the supposing that somehow gain is godliness, and receive Jesus Christ for who He is Lord, Master, and Savior and make Him the King of your heart (see the article entitled “The King of Hearts”, http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=85059). However, there is coming a day, an hour, a minute, and finally the last second for everyone on this earth before death takes place and the real you (your soul) leaves your body to enter eternity and at that moment the door of grace will be shut forever.

Revelation 22:14-15 Blessed (happy and to be envied) are those who cleanse their garments, that they may have the authority {and} right to [approach] the tree of life and to enter through the gates into the city. [But] without are the dogs and those who practice sorceries (magic arts) and impurity [the lewd, adulterers] and the murderers and idolaters and everyone who loves and deals in falsehood (untruth, error, deception, cheating). QAB

“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.” Charles Spurgeon 1834-1892

“So many, when they shall see him coming, at death or the judgment, will begin, like the foolish virgins, to be active, and to prepare to die; but it will be too late. They that are ready will enter in, and Heaven will be closed forever against all others.” Albert Barnes 1798-1870

“Those that disobey the commandments of God do so foolishly for themselves. Sin is folly, and sinners are the greatest fools.” “The day is coming, when carnal hypocrites would gladly be found in the condition of true Christians. Those who now hate the strictness of Christianity, will, at death and judgment, wish for the solid comforts of it. Those who care not to live the life, yet would die the death, of the righteous.” Matthew Henry 1662-1714

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...

Sincerely in Christ,

Clifford D. Tate, Sr.

Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…


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