Five Were Foolish (Part 2)

“The Door Was Shut

Another perspective of the ancient wedding feast was the fact that those who were not present when the bridegroom arrived were not invited to participate in the feast. The parable accurately reflects the custom of that day. It was no accident that Jesus climaxed the parable with “and the door was shut,” for He also made a significant point concerning God’s view of our life. This earth is not our ultimate home, but a pilgrimage, merely a temporary place of abode. The Bible speaks often of our “hope of eternal life,” Titus 1:2, John 6:68, 1 Peter 1:4, but even this hope must be understood in light of these words of Jesus, “the door was shut.” Some day that door will be shut and it will be too late to prepare for Jesus’ return. There will be no warning, for “the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night,” 2 Peter 3:10.

Some may have their hope in the belief that God will ultimately relent and save everyone, even those who for years have ignored their responsibility to Him and to others. But “the Lord sees not as man sees,” 1 Samuel 16:7, and God “cannot lie,” Titus 1:2. For God to ignore the mandates written by His inspired writers would be the ultimate injustice, yet God is the essence of justice, Deuteronomy 32:4. No, God is not going to relent and just “save everybody” out of His grace, but all will be “judged every man according to their works,” Revelation 20:13.

Others are waiting for a “convenient season,” Acts 24:25, saying “I don’t have any room in my life for that,” or “I’m not good enough to be a Christian.” When we wait for a more convenient time we waste valuable hours that can never be restored. Felix, a Roman governor, heard Paul “reason of righteousness, self control and the judgment to come.” Hearing those words he trembled, but his heart would not allow the seed of the gospel to take root. He said, “Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee,” Acts 24:25. Unfortunately, there is no record anywhere that Felix ever found a “convenient season.” “The door was shut!” His time ran out!

Right now, the door between you and God stands open to your honest submission to Him. However, you must not forget that this life is “but a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away,” James 4:14. One day that door will be shut forever. Will you be ready when He comes?

Carl B. Garner

Copied from http://www.ds-churchofchrist.org/weekly_articles.html (Dripping Springs church of Christ)

 

 

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