Jesus said, “And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves’” (Matt. 25:8-9). By this time, the lamps of the foolish girls were going out. They asked for more oil from the wise girls. However, if the wise girls give the oil, there will be no more oil for all. Without enough oil for all, all their lamps will go out. They will all not be able to meet the groom in the night. So the wise girls told the foolish girls to go and buy from the stores. The stores would be open at night during a wedding celebration.
Jesus added, “And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut” (v. 10) Note Jesus’ words. The groom came. Those who were “ready,” the wise girls, “went in with him.” Those who were ready joined him in the marriage feast. That is what happens when disciples are faithful at His coming. Faithful disciples will join Christ in His kingdom.
The “wedding feast” refers to the kingdom. The kingdom is like a wedding feast. Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son” (Matt. 22:1). The kingdom will be a time of joyful celebration in the Lord.
But only those who are ready for Christ’s coming will join the kingdom. Only those who are prepared will join the banquet. Only faithful disciples will join Christ in the kingdom!
What will happen to those who are unready and unfaithful? “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you’” (v. 11-12).
Earlier, Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7). Today, if you knock at the kingdom, Jesus will open it to you. However, when Jesus comes again to establish His kingdom, He will no longer open it to fake disciples. In the future kingdom, it will be too late to knock and be opened. Instead, Jesus will answer, “Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’”
Jesus applies the same words to unbelievers only.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (Matt. 7:21-23).
Jesus said that calling Him “Lord” will not make you enter the kingdom. Prophesying in His name will not make you enter the kingdom. Casting out demons and working miracles will not make you enter the kingdom. Many so-called prophets, exorcists, and miracle workers will not enter the kingdom someday.
Why? Jesus does not know them. They do not do the Father’s will (Matt. 25:21). They are not born again; and hence not part of the kingdom. Jesus said, “Unless you are born again, you cannot enter the kingdom.” Jesus does not know them because he did not choose them. Jesus said, “I know whom I have chosen” (John 13:18). More, Jesus does not know them because they are “workers of lawlessness.”
That is why I call the foolish girls in the Parable, “fake disciples.” They are fake disciples because they are unsaved unbelievers. They are not born again; they have not entered the kingdom of God. They are not part of the kingdom now. They will not be part of the kingdom later when Jesus comes.
Thus, the foolish girls are not saved people who will lose their salvation. Jesus is not talking about losing salvation. Jesus is talking about not knowing those who will knock on His door. Jesus did not say, “I no longer know you.” (Blomberg) Rather, Jesus said, “I do not know you.”
Jesus has no saving relationship with them; and they, with Jesus. Jesus does not recognize them for they never were Jesus’ disciples. Thus, they are not saved in the first place. Their lack of preparedness shows that they are not true believers.