The Gospels – The Gospel According to Matthew
The Keeping the lamp of the spirit burning
Matthew 25:1-13 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But 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.
10 And 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.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Those who fail to keep the lamps of the spirits alive which is their intuitions have to face the fate that Jesus described here. Again Jesus has used many pictures just like He did earlier in describing the Kingdom of Heaven with so many parables. It is to stress the importance of this event which is the Last Judgment that He spent so much time on it so that His disciples will understand it.
Those who fail in this way and have allowed their intuitions to become dull will not notice when the Son of Man comes. They will be either absent or asleep, whereas those whose lamps of their spirits are alive will recognize the Son of Man when He comes. Those who allowed their lamps to go out will not recognize the Son of Man because one needs the lamp of the intuition to be able to do so.
Without the intuition it becomes impossible to recognize Him. Men of the intellect therefore who have no vibrations of the spirit run the risk of missing this most important event. It is this intellect which dulls all noble spiritual vibrations and will prevent the proper recognition which depends solely on the proper vibration of the intuitive faculty. We have to watch out therefore to make certain that in the meantime while we await the Son of Man we have not allowed our spirits to fall asleep.
It is not the keenness of the intellect that matters. On the contrary, it is just this which is the obstacle. It is impossible to recognize the Word of the Son of Man with the intellect just like it is was impossible then for men of the intellect to recognize the Word of Jesus, Son of God. These are spiritual Words and they do not speak to the intellect. They appeal to the spirit and it is only those who still have some degree of spiritual vibration left that will be able to recognize this new Word.
The foolish virgins allowed the lamps of their intuitions to go off, they therefore relied solely on the intellect. In doing this they missed their opportunity when it came. We should watch out lest we face the same fate.