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I do not know you

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I do not know you

  1. 1.  This sermon is based on Matthew 25: 1 – 12; it is about Jesus not acknowledging those who have superficial or shallow profession. As an act of judgment Jesus will pronounce the verdict ―I do not know you‖ to those who are superficial in their Christian experience.
  2. 2.  To explain how the foolish virgins became ―foolish‖.  The sermon is also to explain what the ―delay‖ means.  To clarify the mean of the midnight cry.  To emphasize that to have a superficial or shallow Christian experience is very dangerous.  To clarify why did Jesus say, ―I do not know you‖.
  3. 3.  25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.  25:2 And five of them were wise, and five [were] foolish.  25:3 They that [were] foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:  Foolish (mo-ros') ◦ dull or stupid (as if shut up), that is, heedless, blockhead, absurd (Ridiculous, unreasonable, nonsensical).  When did the foolish actually neglected taking the oil? during the waiting or before coming to meet the groom. 
  4. 4.  25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.   Oil  This represent the Holy Spirit (Zech 4:2,12,6)  Lamp  Psalms 119:105 – The Bible
  5. 5.  25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.   Tarried  chronizō ◦ to take time, to linger: - delay, tarry.   Slumbered ◦ nustazō  to nod, that is, (by implication) to fall asleep; slumber (not paying attention or inactive).  Slept ◦ katheudō  to lie down to rest, to fall asleep
  6. 6.  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.  25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.   Trimmed  kosmeō ◦ to put in proper order, decorate; adorn, garnish, trim.
  7. 7.  25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.  25:9 But the wise answered, saying, [Not so]; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.  25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
  8. 8.  25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.  25:12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.  I do not know you is the ultimate verdict of judgment
  9. 9.  In the summer and autumn of 1844, the proclamation, ―Behold, the Bridegroom cometh,‖ was given. The two classes represented by the wise and foolish virgins were then developed,— one class who looked with joy to the Lord's appearing, and who had been diligently preparing to meet him; another class that, influenced by fear, and acting from impulse, had been satisfied with a theory of the truth, but were destitute of the grace of God. In the parable, when the bridegroom came, ―they that were ready went in with him to the marriage.‖ The coming of the bridegroom, here brought to view, takes place before the marriage. The marriage represents the reception by Christ of his kingdom.…… {GC88 426.2}
  10. 10.  The class represented by the foolish virgins  are not hypocrites (pretender, deceiver, dissembler).  They have a regard for the truth,  they have advocated the truth, they are attracted to those who believe the truth;  but they have not yielded themselves to the Holy Spirit's working.
  11. 11.  They have not fallen upon the Rock, Christ Jesus, and permitted their old nature to be broken up.  This class are represented also by the stony- ground hearers. They receive the word with readiness, but they fail of assimilating (incorporate, take in, absorb; adopt) its principles. Its influence is not abiding. The Spirit works upon man's heart, according to his desire and consent implanting in him a new nature;
  12. 12.  but the class represented by the foolish virgins have been content with a superficial work.  They do not know God.  They have not studied His character;  they have not held communion with Him; therefore they do not know how to trust, how to look and live.
  13. 13.  Their service to God degenerates into a form. "They come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as My people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness." Ezekiel 33:31.  This is the class that in time of peril are found crying, Peace and safety. They lull their hearts into security, and dream not of danger. When startled from their lethargy, they discern their destitution, and entreat others to supply their lack; but in spiritual things no man can make up another's deficiency. {COL 411}
  14. 14.  We are living in an age when almost everything is superficial. There is but little stability and firmness of character, because the training and education of children from their cradle is superficial. Their character is built upon sliding sand. Self-denial and self- control have not been molded into their characters. They have been petted and indulged until they are spoiled for practical life. The love of pleasure controls minds, and children are flattered and indulged to their ruin. {CG 184.5}
  15. 15.  Not one was qualified for the work but those who were daily learning in the school of Christ to be meek and lowly of heart.  Many had fallen into a shallow, superficial way of thinking and working.  There were envies, jealousies, evil surmisings, and evil speaking.  Some were cherishing malice toward one another, and provoking one another by criticism and censure.  They did not have a clear understanding of their individual relation to the work of God and their personal responsibility.  They did not realize their own weakness and inefficiency in the great work for the salvation of souls.  They did not consider that they were only inferior instruments, and that the great efficient Agent was God. The good accomplished was the result of divine power combined with human effort. {20MR 379.1}
  16. 16.  Some who profess to have true religion sadly neglect the Guidebook given by God to point the way to heaven. They may read the Bible, but merely reading God's Word, as one would read words traced by a human pen, will give only a superficial knowledge. Talking of the truth will not sanctify the receivers. They may profess to be working for God, when, were Christ among them, His voice would be heard, saying, "Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God" (Matthew 22:29). Such cannot know what true religion means. {YRP 116.3}
  17. 17.  ……..There are many who make but little progress in the divine life because they are too self-sufficient to occupy the position of learners. They are content with a superficial knowledge of God's word. They do not wish to change their faith or practice and hence make no effort to obtain greater light. {AA 283.2}
  18. 18.  True piety and earnest zeal are greatly lacking. There is too much half-hearted religion. Many are superficial. They confess their sins without realizing the hatefulness of sin in God's sight, and without repenting with brokenness of heart. This is renouncing the world, but not forsaking it. The truth, the sacred, sanctifying truth, does not abide in the heart. {BEcho, February 1, 1886 par. 6}
  19. 19.  Many who profess to believe the truth for these last days, will be found wanting. They have neglected the weightier matters. Their conversion is superficial; not deep, earnest, and thorough. They do not know why they believe the truth, only because others have done so, and they take it for granted it must be so. They can give no intelligent reason why they believe. Many have allowed their minds to be filled with things of minor importance, and their eternal interest is made secondary. Their own souls are dwarfed and crippled in spiritual growth. Others are not enlightened or edified by their experience and the knowledge it was their privilege and duty to obtain. Strength and stability lie with true-hearted professors. Christ and him crucified should become the theme of our thoughts, and stir the deepest emotions of our souls. The true followers of Christ will appreciate the great salvation he has wrought for them; and wherever he leads the way, they will follow. They will consider it a privilege to bear whatever burdens Christ may lay upon them. It is through the cross alone that we can estimate the worth of the human soul. {RH, February 16,
  20. 20.  Long, prosy talks and prayers are out of place anywhere, and especially in the social meeting. Those who are forward and ever ready to speak are allowed to crowd out the testimony of the timid and retiring. Those who are most superficial generally have the most to say. Their prayers are long and mechanical. They weary the angels and the people who listen to them. Our prayers should be short and right to the point. Let the long, tiresome petitions be left for the closet, if any have such to offer. Let the Spirit of God into your hearts, and it will sweep away all dry formality. {CCh 292.2}
  21. 21.  The coming of Christ, as announced by the first angel's message, was understood to be represented by the coming of the bridegroom. The widespread reformation under the proclamation of his soon coming, answered to the going forth of the virgins. In this parable, as in that of Matthew 24, two classes are represented. All had taken their lamps, the Bible, and by its light had gone forth to meet the Bridegroom.
  22. 22.  But while ―they that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them,‖ ―the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.‖ The latter class had received the grace of God, the regenerating, enlightening power of the Holy Spirit, which renders his Word a lamp to the feet and a light to the path. In the fear of God they had studied the Scriptures to learn the truth, and had earnestly sought for purity of heart and life. These had a personal experience, a faith in God and in his Word, which could not be overthrown by disappointment and delay. Others ―took their lamps, and took no oil with them.‖
  23. 23.  They had moved from impulse. Their fears had been excited by the solemn message, but they had depended upon the faith of their brethren, satisfied with the flickering light of good emotions, without a thorough understanding of the truth, or a genuine work of grace in the heart. These had gone forth to meet the Lord, full of hope in the prospect of immediate reward; but they were not prepared for delay and disappointment. When trials came, their faith failed, and their lights burned dim. {GC88 393.3}
  24. 24.  ―While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.‖ By the tarrying of the bridegroom is represented the passing of the time when the Lord was expected, the disappointment, and the seeming delay. In this time of uncertainty, the interest of the superficial and half-hearted soon began to waver, and their efforts to relax; but those whose faith was based on a personal knowledge of the Bible had a rock beneath their feet, which the waves of disappointment could not wash away.
  25. 25.  ―They all slumbered and slept;‖ one class in unconcern and abandonment of their faith, the other class patiently waiting till clearer light should be given. Yet in the night of trial the latter seemed to lose, to some extent, their zeal and devotion. The half-hearted and superficial could no longer lean upon the faith of their brethren. Each must stand or fall for himself. {GC88 394.1}
  26. 26.  The work which the church has failed to do in a time of peace and prosperity, she will have to do in a terrible crisis, under most discouraging, forbidding, circumstances. The warnings that worldly conformity has silenced or withheld, must be given under the fiercest opposition from enemies of the faith. And at that time the superficial, conservative class, whose influence has steadily retarded the progress of the work, will renounce the faith, and take their stand with its avowed enemies, toward whom their sympathies have long been tending….. Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 463. {ChS 158.1} ….  Continued in the next slide
  27. 27.  These apostates will then manifest the most bitter enmity, doing all in their power to oppress and malign their former brethren, and to excite indignation against them. This day is just before us. The members of the church will individually be tested and proved. They will be placed in circumstances where they will be forced to bear witness for the truth. Many will be called to speak before councils and in courts of justice, perhaps separately and alone. The experience which would have helped them in this emergency they have neglected to obtain, and their souls are burdened with remorse for wasted opportunities and neglected privileges.--Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 463. {ChS 158.1}
  28. 28.  I heard those clothed with the armor speak forth the truth with great power. It had effect. . . . I asked what had made this great change. An angel answered, "It is the latter rain, the refreshing from the presence of the Lord, the loud cry of the third angel."--EW 271 (1858). {LDE 186.5}
  29. 29. ―But when the decree shall go forth enforcing the counterfeit Sabbath, and the loud cry of the third angel shall warn men against the worship of the beast and his image, the line will be clearly drawn between the false and the true. Then those who still continue in transgression will receive the mark of the beast.‖
  30. 30.  Revelation14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead (Sunday Law), or in his hand,
  31. 31. When the storm of persecution really breaks upon us, . . . then will the message of the third angel swell to a loud cry, and the whole earth will be lightened with the glory of the Lord.--6T 401 (1900). {LDE 208.2}
  32. 32.  What was the strength of those who in the past have suffered persecution for Christ's sake? It was union with God, union with the Holy Spirit, union with Christ. Reproach and persecution have separated many from earthly friends, but never from the love of Christ. …. {AA 85.1}
  33. 33.  Contributes to Economic Security.--Again and again the Lord has instructed that our people are to take their families away from the cities, into the country, where they can raise their own provisions; for in the future the problem of buying and selling will be a very serious one. We should now begin to heed the instruction given us over and over again: Get out of the cities into rural districts, where the houses are not crowded closely together, and where you will be free from the interference of enemies. {AH 141.4}
  34. 34. Two other references
  35. 35.  7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
  36. 36.  13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:  13:26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.  13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.  13:28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you [yourselves] thrust out.
  37. 37. This judgment will be pronounced upon those superficial people who will receive the Sunday law.

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