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Discipleship series # 14: Our Humble Saviour

The previous article in this series was “Crowns or Stripes”.  You will need the background of that article to understand this one.  The truths we shared in that article dealing with faithful and unfaithful Christians sheds light on what follows in this article. In a sense, this is a sequel to that article. 

Sometime following the rapture of the saints, we will experience the joy of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.  The parable of the Ten Virgins, found in Matthew 25:1-13,  is  associated  with this event.

The Bride of Christ

Ephesians 5 is the primary New Testament passage on the topic of Marriage. In that chapter the spiritual union of Christ and His Church, described as His bride. is likened to  marriage between a husband and wife.  All of us who have been redeemed by Christ’s blood are His bride.  This is not a sexual union as is the marriage of a man and woman; rather, it is an intimate union far surpassing the intimacy of a husband and wife.  Virginity speaks of purity.  We, His redeemed bride, are likened to pure virgins.  I believe the Parable of the Ten Virgins is a parable about the complete  Bride of Christ.  All ten of these virgins are pure through the righteousness of Christ imputed to them.  See my article on Justification in the SALVATION series for more on this.  

All ten of these  virgins are looking for the return of Christ. All ten of these virgins have lighted  lamps which speak of their testimonies for Christ.  Oil throughout Scripture is a type of the Holy Spirit.   The problem is that five of these virgins who do not have their vessels filled with oil.  Their oil runs out and the lamps of their testimonies are extinguished and as a result their service for Christ is worthless.  It is described in I Corinthians 3:11-15 as wood, hay and stubble to be burned up when Christ returns.

Is Your Vessel Filled With Oil?

In Ephesians 5:18 every Christian is commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  That simply involves being surrendered to Christ as Lord and allowing His Spirit to fill and control our lives.  The results are seen in Ephesians 5:19-21  and Galatians 5:22-25. This filling has nothing to do with seeking an emotional experience or attempting to speak in tongues.  The modern day “speaking in tongues” by the Charismatics has nothing to do with the experience of the early Christians at Pentecost, described in Acts 2. The early Christians were given the supernatural ability to speak in foreign languages they had never learned so that the foreigners present could understand the wonderful works of God that were taking place.  

The Total Bride of Christ is Ready

In Revelation 19 we see the total Bride of Christ, composed of raptured saints and the martyred saints of the Tribulation joined together in Heaven. ( See, I told you that you would need to read the previous article, before this one would make sense.)  The wife has made herself ready.  She is clothed in fine, beautiful spotless white linen.  This purity is an outworking of the righteousness of Christ that had been imputed to us at the moment of our salvation.

The Humility of Christ

There’s  an amazing truth about Jesus and His Bride hidden away in Luke 12:37. At the wedding Feast in Heaven, Jesus is going to seat us, His holy, beloved Bride, at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and HE IS GOING TO SERVE US!!! Does this surprise us?  It shouldn’t.  Humility is as much an attribute of Christ as His holiness, or His grace or His love.   Jesus’ character never changes.  He is the same yesterday, today and forever, as Hebrews 13:8 tells us.  He was the humble servant of God prophesied in Isaiah 42:1-4.  He is the humble, suffering servant of Isaiah 53. He is the babe of
Bethlehem, born in humble circumstances.   He is the humble teacher who welcomed sinners and who paid special attention to little children and to needy people. He is the humble servant who at the Last Supper, just hours before His crucifixion, took a basin of water and a towel and washed the feet of His disciples.  

Our humble Saviour teaches us, His followers, to have a servant heart.  Do you want to be great in Christ’s Kingdom?  Be a servant now to those around you. 

There Are No Big Shots in the Church

This includes preachers, elders, deacons or women who have leadership positions in the church. There are only those who think they are big shots when in reality they are nothing!  The true leaders in a church do not lord it over others, but serve humbly with no expectation of thanks or appreciation.  These are the ones who are going to shine in the Kingdom.

Are You Ready for Christ’s Return?

In Luke 12:35-40 we are warned to be ready for Christ’s return.  Are you ready? Are you a Christian?  Have you put your faith in Christ’s sacrifice for your sins?  Christian, are you ready for Christ’s imminent return. Are your loins girt about with truth?  That is, are you wrapping you mind and heart in God’s Word?  Are you guarding your testimony, making sure the light of Christ shines brightly?  Do others see Christ living in you?  Are others drawn to Christ because of your testimony?  Are you waiting and watching and longing for His imminent return?  If so, one day you and I will sit down together at Christ’s Marriage Supper and have the awesome experience of being served by Christ Himself.

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August 26, 2006 - Posted by | Discipleship

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