A Final Example

When people read what is known as Jesus’ “Olivet Discourse,” found in Matthew 24-25, some wrongly think He was speaking to unsaved people, and thus wrongly conclude that what He said has no application to them. They read the Parable of the Unfaithful Servant and the Parable of the Ten Virgins as if they were addressed to unbelievers. But as I’ve already said, both were addressed to some of Jesus’ closest disciples (see Matt. 24:3; Mark 13:3). Thus, if Peter, James, John and Andrew needed to be warned of the possibility of not being ready when Jesus returned, so do we. Jesus’ warnings in the Olivet Discourse are thus applicable to every believer, even those who don’t think so because of their failure to note who was being addressed by Jesus.