Matthew 25:8
The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.'
Dying LampsAlexander MaclarenMatthew 25:8
Ancient LampsVan Lennep.Matthew 25:1-13
Character Revealed by CrisisW. M. Taylor, D. D.Matthew 25:1-13
Christ the Only Grace-GiverT. Manton.Matthew 25:1-13
Christ's Knowing His OwnBenj. Keach.Matthew 25:1-13
Christ's LoveT. Shepard.Matthew 25:1-13
Faith is a Lamp; and Yet Faith May not SavePaxton Hood.Matthew 25:1-13
Figure of Christians as VirginsBenj. Keach.Matthew 25:1-13
Formalism EasyT. Manton.Matthew 25:1-13
Half the Virgins LostT. Manton.Matthew 25:1-13
History of a ConversionMatthew 25:1-13
How the Soul Comes to be Espoused to the Lord JesusT. Shepard.Matthew 25:1-13
Knowledge an Oilless LampPaxton Hood.Matthew 25:1-13
Lost OpportunitiesW. M. Taylor, D. D.Matthew 25:1-13
No Grace to SpareDr. Talmage.Matthew 25:1-13
Oil Both in Lamps and VesselsT. Manton.Matthew 25:1-13
Parable of the Ten VirginsMarcus Dods Matthew 25:1-13
Points of Likeness and Unlikeness in the Ten VirginsH. Bonar, D. D.Matthew 25:1-13
Preparation for HeavenHelps for the PulpitMatthew 25:1-13
ReadinessS. Lavington.Matthew 25:1-13
Reserve of FaithR. Collyer, D. D.Matthew 25:1-13
Reserve Power Helpful to AchievementR. Collyer, D. D.Matthew 25:1-13
Reserve Power Revealed in EmergencyR. Collyer, D. D.Matthew 25:1-13
Reserve Power the Outcome of Daily DisciplineW. M. Taylor, D. D.Matthew 25:1-13
ReservesR. Collyer, D. D.Matthew 25:1-13
Righteousness Cannot be SharedT. Manton.Matthew 25:1-13
Saving Grace Likened to OilBenj. Keach.Matthew 25:1-13
Scope of the ParableT. Manton.Matthew 25:1-13
Slumbering SaintsBenj. Keach.Matthew 25:1-13
Temporary GraceT. Manton.Matthew 25:1-13
The Believer's Readiness for the Heavenly MarriageH. Allen, M. A.Matthew 25:1-13
The Certainty of Christ's ComingT. Manton.Matthew 25:1-13
The Coming of the Eastern BridegroomNarrative of a Mission of Inquiry to the Jews.Matthew 25:1-13
The Coming of the Lord JesusBenj. Keach.Matthew 25:1-13
The Desirableness of Preparation for Christ's ComingE. Hull.Matthew 25:1-13
The Folly and Danger of Resting Satisfied with the Outward Form of GodlinessJ. Mark.Matthew 25:1-13
The Folly of the FoolishBenj. Keach.Matthew 25:1-13
The Gifts of Grace are Chiefly to be Exercised in Order to an Actual Preparation for the Coming of Christ by Death and JudgmentW. Hook.Matthew 25:1-13
The Gospel a Moveable LightDr. Talmage.Matthew 25:1-13
The Gospel the Only True Soul TorchDr. Talmage.Matthew 25:1-13
The Kingdom of Heaven on EarthT. Shepard.Matthew 25:1-13
The Misery of Dying UnpreparedT. Henderson, D. D.Matthew 25:1-13
The Mistake of a Little ReligionT. Manton.Matthew 25:1-13
The Reserve of OilSelected.Matthew 25:1-13
The Spirit as OilT. Manton.Matthew 25:1-13
The Ten VirginsW. M. Taylor, D. D.Matthew 25:1-13
The Ten VirginsExpository OutlinesMatthew 25:1-13
The Ten VirginsJ. C. Gray.Matthew 25:1-13
The Ten VirginsJ. Burns, LL. D.Matthew 25:1-13
The Ten VirginsJ. Burns, LL. D. Matthew 25:1-13
The Ten VirginsW.F. Adeney Matthew 25:1-13
The Trimming of the LampsPaxton Hood.Matthew 25:1-13
The Unconverted in Danger of Mistaking Natural Emotions for True ReligionB. W. Noel, M. A.Matthew 25:1-13
The Use of Divine DelayingsT. Manton.Matthew 25:1-13
The VirginsJ.A. Macdonald Matthew 25:1-13
The Visible Church is the Kingdom of HeavenBenj. Keach.Matthew 25:1-13
The Wise and Foolish VirginsR. WatsonMatthew 25:1-13
Too LateDr. Talmage.Matthew 25:1-13
Torches LightedDr. Talmage.Matthew 25:1-13
Trimming the LampsBenj. Keach.Matthew 25:1-13
Two Kinds of ParablesT. MantonMatthew 25:1-13
Unreal ReligionJohn Trapp.Matthew 25:1-13
Wisdom and FollyT. Manton.Matthew 25:1-13
Works of SupererogationJohn Billingsley.Matthew 25:1-13
The wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. Some think that torches of tow, steeped in oil, and fastened to the end of sticks, may be meant. Wetstein quotes the following from Rabbi Solomo: "It was the custom in the land of Ishmael to bring the bride from the house of her father to that of her husband in the night time; and there were about tea staffs; upon the top of each was a brazen dish, containing rags, oil, and pitch, and this being kindled formed blazing torches, which were carried before the bride." The lights were intended to make brightness and joyousness for the marriage procession, and the possession of a lighted lamp was a sort of guarantee, a sort of ticket, of admission to the feast. Oil from the store vessel poured into the dish would revive the flame when the cry of the "bridegroom coming" was heard. "Oil in the vessel" was the virgins' provision against all contingency. Whatever happened, with oil in the vessel with the lamp they could keep the light alive. The foolish virgins went carelessly on their journey, satisfied with this - their lamps were burning, and not troubling themselves to think how long they would burn, and what they would do when the flame began to flicker. It is not enough to have oil in the lamp.

I. THE "OIL OF DIVINE GRACE" IS THE PROVISION WE NEED. That figure of speech gathers up several things.

1. A personal experience of dealing with God.

2. Cultivated habits of communion with God.

3. A cherished sense of dependence on God.

4. Well-established views of Divine truth.

5. Gathered stores of Divine promises and comfortings.

All such things at belong to the personal and private life of godliness. But this is only the one side. There is another and even more important side. The "oil of grace" really represents the indwelling Spirit, who is ready to inspire us to every good word and work. That Spirit is wish all who are in earnest and. dependent. When his grace seems exhausted, he "giveth more grace," and so our lamp is ever supplied, and the light ever kept brightly burning.

II. THE "OIL OF GRACE" CAN BE OBTAINED. In times of emergency we can use means - attend services, etc., and in a way, buy and obtain. The difficulty is that we cannot often get the grace in time for the emergency.

III. THE "OIL OF GRACE" SHOULD BE A CONSTANT POSSESSION; a store ever being replenished. See Zechariah's figure of the living olive branches ever dropping fresh oil into the bowl. - R.T.

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment.
Outlines of Sermons., J. Blackburn.
There is a state of happiness which the spirits of just men enter into immediately after their separation from the body, But after the resurrection and the general judgment, then the righteous shall go into life eternal.

I. The state of happiness itself. That good men shall enjoy a state of happiness in the world to come is evident.

1. From the light of nature and reason. General notion among the wiser heathens. Universal desire in mankind. The unequal distribution of things in the present state.

2. From Divine revelation.

II. The eternity of this happiness. Testimony of Scripture.

(Outlines of Sermons.)



1. Positive infliction.

2. Incited passions.

3. Bitter reflection.

4. Painful associations.

5. Mutual recognition.


1. Necessary.

2. Just.

3. Certain.

(J. Blackburn.)

Your opinion about "for ever" can have no manner of effect upon the reality of that "for ever." A party of boatmen on the Niagara river may have a very strong opinion when they are caught by the rapids, that it is very pleasant rowing; but neither their shouts nor their merriment will alter the fact: that the world's cataract is close at hand. You have a strong opinion that hell-fire is a delusion; that they are superstitious, and cruel, and ignorant who ask you to pause, and awake, and prepare for this coming, this continued retribution; but your opinions will not have the slightest, the remotest, the minutest influence on the tremendous fact.


I. The everlasting state of the righteous. It will consist of:

(1)Perfect knowledge;

(2)Perfect love;

(3)Perfect purity;

(4)Perfect felicity.

II. The eternal state of the wicked. Includes:

1. The privation of infinite good.

(1)They have lost heaven and all its blessedness at once.

(2)They are strangers to the endearments and consolations of friendship.

(3)Nor is there any, the smallest, rest from pain.

2. The infliction of infinite evil. Tormentors in hell:




(4)The sufferer will be his own tormentor;



(T. Raffles.)

The following four particulars are necessary to entitle us to the denomination and character of righteous men.

I. The establishment within us of good principles, and acting from them.

II. The superior efficacy of such principles within us to the efficacy of all other principles.

III. The manifestation of their superiority by avoiding all habitual guilt, and practicing all known duties; and

IV. A constant endeavour to grow better.

(Richard Price.)

I. Eternal life, what it is.

1. It is life in the most perfect existence.

2. It is life in its fullest enjoyment. The intellect in its highest flights, the will in its most entire subjugation, and the affections, shall be fully enjoyed there.

3. It is life in its eternal duration.

II. The persons who are to enjoy eternal life — "the righteous." They have been stripped of their own righteousness, and are clad in the righteousness of Christ.

(J. H. Evans, M. A.)108

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