New Testament
Lesson 22
“Inherit the Kingdom Prepared for You”


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us prepare ourselves for the Second Coming through living righteously, developing our talents, and serving others.

Scripture references for study:  Matthew 25
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Lesson 22 Handout (PDF format)


Parable Of The Ten Virgins

The parables in this lesson continue the Olivet Discourse which began in Matthew 24.

READ MATTHEW 25:1-13. Parable of the Ten Virgins.

WHAT DOES THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS TEACH ABOUT PREPARING FOR THE SECOND COMING?

"Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh" (v13).

WHY WERE THE FIVE WISE VIRGINS NOT DECEIVED?

If I am to be prepared for a future power outage, I need to have my oil lamp filled in advance though I know not the time of such an event. It is difficult and dangerous to perform this task once the event has arrived.


Parable Of The Talents

READ MATTHEW 25:14-30. The parable of the Talents.

WHAT DID THE FIRST TWO SERVANTS DO WITH THEIR TALENTS? WHAT WAS THEIR REWARD?

WHAT DID THE THIRD SERVANT DO WITH HIS TALENT? WHAT WAS HIS REWARD?

WHAT IS THE MASTER TEACHING US?

HOW CAN WE DETERMINE WHAT GIFTS THE LORD HAS GIVEN US?

WHY DO MANY OF US HIDE THE GIFTS WE RECEIVE FROM THE LORD?


Parable Of The Sheep And The Goats

READ MATTHEW 25:31-46. Parable of the sheep and goats.

WHAT MUST WE DO TO PREPARE FOR THE SECOND COMING AND THE DAY OF JUDGMENT?

We add oil to our lamps by the service we give.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

The Savior's Second Coming is near at hand. Though we do not know the day or the time, it is imperative that we do not procrastinate our preparation. We must be diligent in keeping our lamps filled by keeping the commandments, developing our talents, and giving service to others.

Record your thoughts on the parables of Jesus as discussed in this lesson. What did you do this week to add oil to your lamp? What are some of the things you will do in the coming week to add oil? What gifts and talents have you received from the Lord? What can you do in the next few weeks to more fully utilize those gifts and give service to others?


Resources Used In This Lesson

Aesop's Fables.

Answers to Gospel Questions, Volume 2, by Joseph Fielding Smith.

Church News.

Conference Reports (CR).

Ensign.

Faith Precedes the Miracle by Spencer W. Kimball.

The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, Volume 3, by Bruce R. McConkie.


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