M A T T H E W.
This chapter continues and concludes our Saviour's
discourse, which began in the foregoing chapter, concerning his
second coming and the end of the world. This was his farewell
sermon of caution, as that, John
xiv. 15, 16, was of comfort to his disciples; and they
had need of both in a world of so much temptation and trouble as
this is. The application of that discourse, was, Watch therefore,
and be ye also ready. Now, in prosecution of these serious
awakening cautions, in this chapter we have three parables, the
scope of which is the same—to quicken us all with the utmost care
and diligence to get ready for Christ's second coming, which, in
all his farewells to his church, mention was made of, as in that
before he died (John xiv.
2), in that at his ascension (Acts i. 11), and in that at the shutting up of
the canon of the scriptures, Rev.
xxii. 20. Now it concerns us to prepare for Christ's
coming; I. That we may then be ready to attend upon him; and this
is shown in the parable of the ten virgins, ver. 1-13. II. That we may then be ready to
give u our account to him; and this is shown in the parable of the
three servants, ver.
14-30. III. That we may then be ready to receive from
him our final sentence, and that it may be to eternal life; and
this is shown in a more plain description of the process of the
last judgment, ver.
31-46. These are things of awful consideration, because
of everlasting concern to every one of us.