In the parable of the ten virgins in Matter 25, the Bridegroom is delayed in coming and therefore the oil the virgins started with was not enough to last the duration of the night. Jesus uses this parable to teach on the importance of our individual preparation for the Bridegroom’s coming, and in particular that we should have extra oil so that our lamps do not run out before He returns. Now because there is only one Bride, which is the collective body of believers who are ready when Jesus returns, and Jesus is addressing our individual responsibility to be ready, the characters used is that of ten virgins and not of one bride, so that the difference between wisdom and foolishness can be illustrated on a personal level. So individually, none of the virgins were the Bride, but the five wise virgins corporately together were. Because the Bride doesn’t feature specifically in this parable, some argue that the virgins are therefore not the Bride, but remember that Paul uses the term virgin explicitly referring to the Bride in 2 Cor 11:2 where he writes “For I am jealous [for] you with a godly jealousy, because I promised you [in marriage] to one husband, to present [you] [as] a pure virgin to Christ.”
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