If our passport into the wedding banquet depends upon us having extra oil so that we can keep our lamps lit, then the question we might ask is whether this extra oil is more of what we already have or is it different in some way. Well to answer that question lets continue with our symbology in the parable of the ten virgins. A central part of this parable are the lamps which required oil to be lit. Why should it matter whether the virgins had lamps or not? Well, what does a lamp do? It gives off light so that the holder can see where they are or where they need to go, and as it was customary for the Bridegroom to come at night it was necessary for the Bridal company to have lamps that were lit so they could find their way in the night. The psalmist writes “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” Ps 119:105. Isn’t this so true, that it has been the Word of God, that has shown us the way, has given direction in our life, and revealed things we couldn’t see before, yet it was only because the Holy Spirit brought the revelation of what we read and heard in the Word. Yes, it is the Holy Spirit who illuminates the Word so that we are quickened by the living Word in our hearts. Now just before Jesus went to the Cross, He told His disciples in John 16:12-13 (LEB) “I still have many [things] to say to you, but you are not able to bear [them] now. 13 But when he—the Spirit of truth—comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak on His own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will proclaim to you the things to come.” This is an interesting verse. It says there were things that Jesus didn’t share with His disciples, and not even in the period of forty days before His ascension where He taught them many things about the Kingdom, He still didn’t tell them everything, because the verse says that when the Holy Spirit comes, He will guide them into all truth. And even more specifically about the things to come. The revelation of the Word illuminated by the Holy Spirit has helped us to arrive at where we are today. But where we are today is not yet our final destination. The Holy Spirit wants to take us on a journey and is bringing fresh revelation of the Word, to help us see what we haven’t seen before. There is extra oil for the Bride, the oil is the same Holy Spirit but the revelation is different, and it’s this new light that will help the Bride go further and deeper than she has ever been before, from Salvation to Marriage, from Covenant to Consummation.
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