1. They have received the present truth;
They are not hypocrites;
They have a high regard for truth;
Take lightly upon sin.
2. They give a peace and safety cry;
Didn’t fall upon the Rock;
They have not learned yet how to trust;
They say, “We’re all the same.”
3. They’re drawn to lovers of the truth;
They advocate the truth;
But in the face of oppression;
Such character is fig leaves.
4. It was midnight when the cry’s heard:
”Behold, the Bridegroom comes!”
They had no oil inside their lamps;
The wise refused to give.
5. Let us now wait, and watch and pray;
Let us keep on asking;
Let’s keep on seeking and knocking;
We’ll meet the coming King.
- based on Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 411
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This song is based on the following paragraphs from the book Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 411-412, chapter 29 “To Meet the Bridegroom”:
The class represented by the foolish virgins are not hypocrites. 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. 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 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; but the class represented 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. 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.” Eze. 33:31. The apostle Paul points out that this will be the special characteristic of those who live just before Christ’s second coming. He says, “In the last days perilous times shall come: for men shall be lovers of their own selves;…lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” 2 Tim. 3:1-5.
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. The grace of God has been freely offered to every soul. The message of the gospel has been heralded, “Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Rev. 22:17. But character is not transferable. No man can believe for another. No man can receive the Spirit for another. No man can impart to another the character which is the fruit of the Spirit’s working. “Though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it [the land], as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.” Eze. 14:20.