September 1, 2017

First Thessalonians  4: 1- 8

4:1 Therefore, concerning other things, brothers, we ask and beg you, in the Lord Jesus, that, just as you have received from us the way in which you ought to walk and to please God, so also may you walk, in order that you may abound all the more.
4:2 For you know what precepts I have given to you through the Lord Jesus.
4:3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from fornication,
4:4 that each one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor,
4:5 not in passions of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God,
4:6 and that no one should overwhelm or circumvent his brother in business. For the Lord is the vindicator of all these things, just as we have preached and testified to you.
4:7 For God has not called us to impurity, but to sanctification.
4:8 And so, whoever despises these teachings, does not despise man, but God, who has even provided his Holy Spirit within us.

Matthew 25: 1- 13

25:1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be like ten virgins, who, taking their lamps, went out to meet the groom and the bride.
25:2 But five of them were foolish, and five were prudent.
25:3 For the five foolish, having brought their lamps, did not take oil with them.
25:4 Yet truly, the prudent ones brought the oil, in their containers, with the lamps.
25:5 Since the bridegroom was delayed, they all fell asleep, and they were sleeping.
25:6 But in the middle of the night, a cry went out: ‘Behold, the groom is arriving. Go out to meet him.’
25:7 Then all those virgins rose up and trimmed their lamps.
25:8 But the foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give to us from your oil, for our lamps are being extinguished.’
25:9 The prudent responded by saying, ‘Lest perhaps there may not be enough for us and for you, it would be better for you to go to the vendors and buy some for yourselves.’
25:10 But while they were going to buy it, the groom arrived. And those who were prepared entered with him to the wedding, and the door was closed.
25:11 Yet truly, at the very end, the remaining virgins also arrived, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us.’
25:12 But he responded by saying, ‘Amen I say to you, I do not know you.’
25:13 And so you must be vigilant, because you do not know the day or the hour.