TEXT OF DISCOURSE: MATTHEW 25: 1 – END.
1: Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2: And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3: They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5: While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6: And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.7: Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8: And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 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. 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. 11: Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12: But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13: Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. 14: For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15: And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16: Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17: And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18: But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19: After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20: And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21: His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22: He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23: His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24: Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26: His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28: Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29: For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30: And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 31: When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34: Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 37: Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38: When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 39: Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 40: And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 41: Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44: Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45: Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46: And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
There is one major lesson which this chapter delivers, and the thrust of this discussion is in Matthew 25: 46 where it is stated as follows; “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal”.
2. From the above excerpt, only one way leads to eternal life. Aside from this path, all other roads lead to perdition.
3. The Bible Class is organised twice a week to expose you to the teachings of Christ. And anyone who fails to practise the teachings imparted to him is heading for perdition.
4. We are enjoined to follow the narrow way instead of the broadway because the narrow way leads to eternal life, while the broad one leads to perdition.
5. Not too many people are on this narrow path which leads to eternal life, and some of those who are aware of this road misuse the opportunity. The fundamental principle is that, all those who would be saved must abide and practise the teachings imparted to them by The Father, and no matter how numerous those who shun the teachings are, they will all be destroyed.
6. Do not think of how numerous the inhabitants of this world are or how few those who practise God’s teachings are. Rather, note that no matter how few the righteous people are, and irrespective of how large the number of sinners could be, the righteous will be saved and the sinners will be destroyed accordingly.
7. This is because the condition for salvation is sacrosanct, and it is only those who practise the word of God that will be saved. Neither your power nor your knowledge will be able to save you.
8. Destruction is the end of your evil deeds, while eternal life is the reward for your righteous deeds. This explains why Christ has openly pronounced thus: “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.” John 17: 12.
9. If anyone tells you that the unrighteous would be saved, do not believe him for such a person is a liar. A person who is unrighteous but decides to write the inscription O. O. O. all over his body cannot be saved, rather, he would perish with the inscription on him. The scriptures in John 17: 10-12 says, “And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.”
10. No matter what happens, no sinner would be saved. The word of God is preached to you daily and ceaselessly, therefore, your failure to imbibe and practice them will lead you to destruction.
11. The theme of this lecture is that the unrighteous ones will be destroyed. Remember the ten maidens said to have gone with their lamps to meet the bridegroom; five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The foolish ones took no oil along with their lamps, but the wise ones took flasks of oil with their lamps.
12. Think of it, are these five foolish maidens not those destined for perdition while the five wise maidens are those slated for salvation?
13. The illustration above depicts the fact that it is the unprepared people who will be destroyed at the end of time. What we have been discussing thus far, has to do with judgement. That is what will happen to those who shun the teachings of Christ. The Book of Matthew 25: 40 records as follows; “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”.
14. What The Father has been doing all along is what is in the biblical excerpt. You cannot see God physically, and so, the excerpt above enjoins you thus: `As you did it to one of the least of these brethren, you did it to me’.
15. And this could be likened to a situation where a creditor enjoins his debtor to redeem his debt to someone else, say, his representative. And if you pay such debt to the person (representative), it then means that you have settled your debt.
16. But your failure to pay the debt to that representative means that you have contravened the instruction of your creditor, as such, you are bound to have problems.
17. Beloved, the shortest way to your salvation is what you have just heard, as recorded in verse forty of our text of discourse. The text in Matthew 25: 40 reads: “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”.
Also, read Matthew 25: 45: “Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
18. Beloved, have you seen the difference between verse forty and forty-five of the chapter? The difference here is that, while verse forty constitutes salvation, verse forty-five constitutes destruction or perdition.
19. Verse forty-five is a broad path, which most people follow, and unfortunately, this path leads to perdition. Verse forty, on the other hand, is the narrow path, which very few people tread, but it leads to salvation and eternal life.
20. The scripture enjoins you to sell all that you have and give the proceeds to the poor; the question is, how many people have been able to practise this injunction?
21. Whatever a man does to a fellow man or any other creature, he is doing the same to God. And this constitutes the narrow path.
22. The works that God can do through you are equally the kind of works that God can do through the birds, fishes, trees, animals, and the like. But the question is, did you know this fact before?
ILLUSTRATION – ONE GOOD TURN
23. Once upon a time, there lived a king who wished to marry a wife. The woman who the king intended to marry was so beautiful that many people also sought her hand in marriage. However, all efforts proved abortive because she did not seem to find anyone worthy of her hand. Because of the woman’s behaviour, the king was always in sorrow.
24. There was a young man in the domain whose name was Charming. When Charming saw how sorrowful the king was because of the lady’s behaviour, Charming told the king not to worry for he would influence the situation.
25. Charming promised to talk to the woman to accept the king’s love, and left for the dainty woman’s house, along with his dog.
26. On his way to the woman’s place, he felt like defecating, and as such, he got inside the bush to ease the tension. While he was in the bush, he saw a trapped owl, and since the owl was still alive, he (Charming) had to rescue it by freeing it from the trap and setting it free.
27. While Charming was still on his way to the beautiful woman’s house, he became thirsty and went to drink some water from the nearby stream. At the stream, he saw a big fish trying to prey on a small fish; he rescued the smaller fish by scaring away the bigger one. After setting free the smaller fish, he continued on his journey.
28. He did not know what all these things meant. That is why a local adage has it that, one who urinates into the river does not know that if the relations from the mother’s side do not drink from the river, the relation from The Father’s side will drink from it.
29. Charming was not related to the king in any way, but he decided to undertake such an assignment. When Charming got to the woman’s place, she was on her throne.
30. The princess was informed about the presence of Charming, and she asked him to be brought to her. When Charming was taken to her, he informed her and others in the palace that the king of his city wished to marry her and as such, the king sent him to her.
31. The princess, in response, told Charming that she had a problem which was about a ghost in a village that was constantly tormenting and killing the inhabitants of the village. She proposed a compromise to Charming that if he could get rid of the ghost from that village, she would accept the marriage proposal of the king in reciprocation.
32. The princess was not ready to marry anyone as at then, which was why she gave all sorts of excuses to her suitors and sent them on impossible tasks.
33. She knew that the ghost was daring, powerful, and undefeatable. Besides, she also knew that the ghost was a formidable creature with twenty heads and that Charming could not conquer it. Rather, she believed that the ghost would kill him.
34. But Charming accepted the challenge and went to the village to fight this grotesque figure with his dog. He decided to take this risk so that the princess would marry the king, and the king would be happy.
35. Immediately Charming got to the ghost’s territory, it raised an alarm that an enemy was around. While there, the owl he rescued from the trap saw and approached him, it reminded him of the time he rescued it from a trap in the bush and, as such, pledged its readiness to assist Charming in his mission.
36. As the grotesque figure moved towards Charming to harm him, the owl flew to the ghost and plucked out one of its eyes. The owl repeated his attack on the ghost the second time and left the ghost useless by removing the remaining eyeball.
37. Thereafter, Charming and his dog in sync with the owl attacked the ghost, and at the end of the fierce attack, the ghost was killed.
38. Before then, the princess was at home and already rejoicing that the ghost had killed Charming, oblivious of the fact that the reverse was the case. After Charming had killed the ghost, he took home the head of the ghost and handed it over to the princess.
39. When the princess saw this, she was sorrowful because all her plans did not yield the desired result. Consequently, Charming requested her to follow him home as agreed, but the woman refused and again set another task before Charming to accomplish if he truly wished to take her home.
40. The second task was for Charming to go to a certain waterfall and fetch her some water before she gives her consent to marry the king.
41. The waterfall was demarcated by a very thick forest, which had all types of wild animals. Charming and his dog, however, did not mind the risk involved, and determinedly, they set out to fetch the water.
42. As they waded through the forest, they were confronted by several wild animals, but fortunately, they (Charming and his dog) were not harmed.
43. On arriving at the stream, the owl that helped him to kill the ghost reappeared from the forest and decided to fetch the water from the stream for him.
44. The water was a special one as it conferred youthfulness on anyone who bathed with it. To help Charming, the owl collected the pot from Charming, flew to the waterfall, and fetched the water.
45. Charming took the water to the princess and asked her to get prepared to leave with him for his city. But the woman disagreed strongly, and again set another task for Charming.
46. This time, she asked Charming to go to a certain river to collect a ring for her. The river was very deep and again she believed that he would not be able to accomplish the task. But after the discussion, Charming took off with his dog to the bank of the river.
47. On arrival, he met with the fish he had saved. The fish was surprised but happy to see him and decided to use that opportunity to reciprocate what Charming did for it. The fish then dived deep into the river and retrieved the ring that the queen was searching for and gave it to Charming.
48. Note that this was the fish which Charming had saved from being eaten by a bigger fish on his way to the queen’s place. Having given the controversial ring to the queen, she was exceedingly glad and had no alternative than to follow Charming to their land with all her belongings. And finally, the marriage was officially contracted between the king and the queen.
A MAN REAPS WHAT HE SOWS
49. This king was very popular and rich. After the marriage ceremonies, they settled down for marriage but after a while, the king started to be sceptical about certain things and gestures he was observing.
50. The king observed that whenever a meal was prepared for Charming, if he was not there to eat, the queen would not eat. The king was suspicious and worried about this development, and so he queried the action of the queen.
51. He concluded that there must be something fishy going on between the queen and Charming, but this was far from the truth. The queen merely loved Charming for the role he played in her marriage to the king.
52. Not pleased with the extent of cordiality existing between Charming and the queen, the king ordered that Charming be bundled into the lion’s den, alleging that Charming had committed adultery with his wife.
53. By the king’s command, he was dumped into the lion’s den. While in the dungeon, the queen continued to send food through people to him because she acknowledged Charming’s contribution towards her marriage to the king; she could not forget the risk he took, the patience and courage he exhibited.
54. As if the king was not satisfied with the punishment he meted to Charming, he poisoned the only water available for the queen to drink, so that when the queen drinks of it, she would die.
55. But as The Father would have it, the king himself unconsciously drank the poisoned water and died. After the death of the king, the queen ordered the release of Charming from detention.
56. Automatically, Charming became the queen’s husband, and by this status, he became the legal owner of all the king’s property.
57. This goes to confirm the saying that the reward for God lingers on till it is received. You should realise that it is not fair for one to be tired of doing good.
58. Charming had no intention of marrying the queen or even having an affair with her. But as God would have it, even though Charming did not think of marrying the queen and could not dream about such a thing, considering his status, his goodness placed him above every other person in the heart of the queen. The situation had willed him to be so.
59. This confirms the truth that whatsoever a man sows that also shall he reap. (Read) Ephesians 6: 5-8. “Servants, be obedient to him that is your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eye service, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.”
THE LAW OF KARMA
60. If you have not started believing the word of God, start now. No goodness is lost, and God has a way of rewarding those that show goodness to God and even their fellow men.
61. Do not do good things in the hope of being rewarded and whatsoever evil you do to another, the same, and even in greater measure, will be returned to you. This is what is referred to as the law of Karma.
62. Do not be afraid of doing good, notwithstanding your position on earth, whether a servant or master. Whatsoever you want to do, try to do it heartily as to the Lord and not unto man.
63. Note that you will receive the reward from the Lord. This is affirmed in the scriptures as recorded in Colossians 3: 22-25 as follows: “Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men-pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”
64. No material wealth can bail you out of the reward of evil deeds. If you take delight in evil practices, you must receive the reward. And nothing can deprive you of the reward for good works if you take delight in doing good.
65. I keep warning you that you should not take delight in gifts that you have not suffered for. Make sure that whatever you have is what you laboured for. After all, the goodness and evil of man live after him.
66. Notwithstanding the risk involved in doing good, continue doing it; rest assured that God will surely reward you for doing so. This is the will of God. If you do this, you prove that you love God.
67. The world teaches you selfishness, strife, and lust. Shun the world and its useless lust but hold fast to the love of God for it is a guarantee for everlasting life. As stated in 1 John 2: 15-17. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of The Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of The Father but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever”.
68. If you start now to practise true love as demanded by God, you will not have problems any longer. Begin now to love and wish everyone well, for hate attracts problems into your lives.
69. Charming, of our story earlier, loved God and had his due reward but the king, on the contrary, hated God and received his due reward too. If you love man, it means you love God; similarly, if you hate man your fellow man, you hate God.
70. Whatever you do to God’s creation, you are doing the same to God. The gospel in Matthew 10: 40-42 emphasizes this; “He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward”.
71. Don’t believe that until you build a mansion for God, you will not be regarded as one who loves God.
72. All God’s creations are God’s representatives; therefore one good gesture done to them is invariably done to God. It serves no useful purpose sinning, rather, whosoever indulges in sin is enslaved to it and cannot have eternal life. Read the following texts;
John 8: 34-35. “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committed sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house forever: but the Son abideth ever”.
Revelation 11: 18. “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth”.
1 John 4: 20-21. “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also”.
73. Did you know that by hating man you have hated God? Are you aware that you cannot have eternal life if you hate your fellow man? If you hate, you have condemned yourself.
74. The only way out of this impending trouble is for you to repent now and plead for forgiveness, else, you will lose your soul to eternal destruction.
75. Love is a guarantee to eternal life. Christ’s illustration attests to the fact that any good thing done to another person, is invariably done to God. (Read) Matthew 25: 34-40. “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye cloth me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee and hungred, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave the drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and cloth thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye has done it unto one of the least of those my brethren, ye have done it unto me”.
76. For the reward of hatred and selfishness read Matthew 25: 41-46. “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger and ye took me not in: naked, and ye cloth me not: sick, and in prison and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”.
77. You should now realise that there is a commensurate reward of punishment for anything one does. Take particular note of the lesson derivable from the word of the scriptures recorded in 1 Peter 2: 17. “Honour all men. Love the Brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king”.
78. You are in danger if you give yourself up to be misled by the evil one to go contrary to this divine injunction. God does not punish you, neither do I, rather, God had set aside punishment for all those you go contrary to His teachings, and eternal life as the reward for those that obey Him.
79. You cannot get the true teachings of Christ elsewhere, except in the Brotherhood of the Cross and Star. And so, practise what you are taught for they qualify you for everlasting life. (Read) Matthew 5: 39-42. “But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away”.
80. Sequel to the excerpt above, God has never enjoined us to indulge in any sinful act. If we indulge in sin, we are subjected to punishment. In fact, once one commits sins, one perishes.
81. In the same vein, anyone who curses or says a bad word against a fellow man is in hell. The content of the above biblical excerpt is what you are taught. Therefore if you indulge in cursing and hating a fellow man because you consider yourself a child of Olumba Obu, you have yourself to blame for going contrary to the injunction of God.
82. Because no matter who you are, so long as you are a sinner or evil-doer, you will be punished accordingly by God. It is the sin you commit that is responsible for your problems in life.
83. No matter how minute your sin is, you are bound to be punished accordingly. (Read) 2 Timothy 2: 22. “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart”.
Let My peace and blessings rest and abide with the entire world, now and forevermore. Amen.
Thank You Good Teacher.