It is a fearful thing to teach God’s Word. For in His Word He shares, Rom. 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
Or, But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Tim. 3:16-17
When God’s Word is taught by any teacher, the teacher must consider with awesome,
reverential fear when imparting the truths found in His Scripture. When Moses went up on Mount Sinai he was instructed to take off his sandals for he stood on Holy Ground.
And what we teach must come into conformity with what the Truths of God’s Word teach
wholly. When I say wholly, I refer to the Whole Counsel of God will confirm a text of
We know that God is Immutable, another words, UNCHANGING. God does not speak out of both sides of His mouth. He is consistent, not contradictory in His Word. Paul addressed this with the church in Galatia as the Judaizers attempted to put the followers of Christ back under the Law or back under achievement ideology.
The Galatians reproved for departing from the great doctrine of justification alone, through faith in Christ. (1-5) This doctrine established from the example of Abraham. (6-9) From the tenor of the law and the severity of its curse. (10-14) From the covenant of promises, which the law could not disannul. (15-18) The law was a school master to lead them to Christ. (19-25) Under the gospel state true believers are all one in Christ. (26-29) (Matthew Henry Commentary)
So, let us understand that first and foremost we have no part in Salvation. It is all of God. It is all a gift imparted to us. Even the gift of belief or faith is indeed God’s gift to us. It is HIS GRACE, the Earnest of our Inheritance.
To attempt to merit Eternal life’s requirement is to Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Mat. 5:48
Because of Adam, sin entered into our human makeup. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8, 10
Because of who we are in Adam, God gave us the tutorial, THE LAW, a Schoolmaster.
It showed us that we are indeed in need of that perfect Sacrifice, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, past, present and future. No longer would the animal sacrifices be needed monthly or annually. Christ is our all in all salvation, for there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mankind
where we must be saved.
And Christ’ sacrifice is are all in all. Once we have been born from above, we have the Holy Spirit, God, dwelling within us. We have been given eternal life, from the old to the new. We are a new Man. (Woman included).
There is nothing that can sever our relationship with Christ. NO ONE CAN SNATCH US OUT OF HIS HAND!! See Romans 8:35-39. Ephesians says we are SEALED UNTO THE DAY OF REDEMPTION.
God poured out HIS WRATH, HIS JUDGMENT of our sin on Jesus upon the Christ. Why then would corrupt our salvation that IS FINISHED, by going back under GOD’S WRATH once again? What works would we have to do merit salvation once again??
If we have truly been born from above, not by human hands, but by God??
If it were so that there is a final “work” then the Cross was not sufficient for all the sins of mankind and have made it of no value whatsoever and is a mockery. But as so much of Scripture, God’s Word to us states, IT IS FINISHED and no other human work or law needed to be performed, why then do we put on ourselves a “WORKS” endeavor that would never get us to Heaven in the first place? This would become “ANOTHER GOSPEL” not preached by the Apostles. The Law pointed out man’s inability to maintain perfection. It pointed out our need of God’s unmerited favor, Grace.
Gal 1:2-9 And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: Grace [be] to you and peace from God the Father, and [from] our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Gal 2:16-21 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, [is] therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness [come] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Eph 1:3-12 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
Eph 1:13-14 In whom ye also [trusted], after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Eph 2:1-7 And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus (for a purpose and that purpose is this) unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Rom 3:22-24 Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Rom 3:25-28 Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus Where [is] boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: (NO) but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Rom 5:6-10 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
Rom 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? [shall] tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jhn 3:3-7 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, (be born from above: See Alfred Edersheim, The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah) he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Jhn 14:1-4 In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
How is it that the Body of Christ be severed?? How is it that only maybe the eye and the hand can go up in the Rapture while the rest of the behind? The Holy Spirit, God, places each of us in Christ’s body. It is clear that we cannot function without one another. We are not whole. And if Christ is the Head of the Body, He has fashioned it to be whole.
I Corinthians Chapter 12 beginning with verse 12. Subject is the Body of Christ.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
Jhn 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
1) to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel
a) to become known
2) to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of
a) to understand
b) to know
3) Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman
4) to become acquainted with, to know
The differences between ginosko (No. 1) and oida demand consideration: (a) ginosko, frequently suggests inception or progress in "knowledge," while oida suggests fullness of "knowledge," e.g., John 8:55, "ye have not known Him" (ginosko), i.e., begun to "know," "but I know Him" (oida), i.e., "know Him perfectly;" John 13:7, "What I do thou knowest not now," i.e. Peter did not yet perceive (oida) its significance, "but thou shalt understand," i.e., "get to know (ginosko), hereafter;" John 14:7, "If ye had known Me" (ginosko), i.e., "had definitely come to know Me," "ye would have known My Father also" (oida), i.e., "would have had perception of:" "from henceforth ye know Him" (ginosko), i.e., having unconsciously been coming to the Father, as the One who was in Him, they would now consciously be in the constant and progressive experience of "knowing" Him; in Mark 4:13, "Know ye not (oida) this parable? and how shall ye know (ginosko) all the parables?" (RV), i.e., "Do ye not understand this parable? How shall ye come to perceive all ..." the intimation being that the first parable is a leading and testing one; (b) while ginosko frequently implies an active relation between the one who "knows" and the person or thing "known" (see No. 1, above), oida expresses the fact that the object has simply come within the scope of the "knower's" perception; thus in Matt. 7:23 "I never knew you" (ginosko) suggests "I have never been in approving connection with you," whereas in Matt. 25:12, "I know you not" (oida) suggests "you stand in no relation to Me."
Matt. 25:12 But he answered, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know, (GRK, OIDA) you.'
Addressing the 5 foolish virgins, The Lord said “you stand in no relation to Me.”
My sheep hear my voice and know my voice. God knows us in intimately or thoroughly.
In this passage we must consider that it is a continuation of Jesus’ dialogue with his disciples when they passed by the Temple. He continued to explain what would happen Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered ……and concluded Mat 26:1. He was responding to the Temple destruction, when it would happen, His Coming ( on the Mount of Olives as they understood then) and the end of the World. He was instructing about Jacob’s trouble to which they knew about for the Church had not been birthed yet nor the idea of a “catching up.” He addressed the concerns about what would happen to Israel, to the Jewish people.
The Five Foolish Virgins, had they truly been born from above would be known by our Lord and belonging to the Body of Christ and would be welcomed in as we understand from the other passages of Texts that Christians are SEALED UNTO THE DAY OF REDEMPTION. The Lord would not be able to say He did NOT KNOW them.
Therefore we would have to surmise that this text has intended a meaning not to those for whom Christ died. And what could this text refer to? The Virgins have yet to establish an eternal relationship with the Lord, one that is lasting. They were foolish, lacking wisdom and preparation. They may be portraying as having a relationship that would have enabled them to enter in, albeit late. For remember in Christ’s parable of those who came late in working were still equally paid as if they worked a full day’s worth of pay?
Matthew Henry Commentary:
Matthew, surnamed Levi, before his conversion was a publican, or tax-gatherer under the Romans at Capernaum. He is generally allowed to have written his Gospel before any other of the evangelists. The contents of this Gospel, and the evidence of ancient writers, show that it was written primarily for the use of the Jewish nation. The fulfilment of prophecy was regarded by the Jews as strong evidence, therefore this is especially dwelt upon by St. Matthew. Here are particularly selected such parts of our Saviour's history and discourses as were best suited to awaken the Jewish nation to a sense of their sins; to remove their erroneous expectations of an earthly kingdom; to abate their pride and self-conceit; to teach them the spiritual nature and extent of the gospel; and to prepare them for the admission of the Gentiles into the church.
In conclusion, if Christ paid for all of our sins, then our judgment in Christ is concluded at the Bema Seat where we are judged by what we have done for Him. Included in this is
the Crown of Righteousness given for Watching for Him. We will either be able to lay at His feet many Crowns earned or have our works burned up as hay, wood and stubble.
Since His Work on the Cross is FINISHED, no longer does the Believer, bought and paid for, born from above, to face again God’s wrath poured out.