“And at that day [the second coming], when I shall come in my glory,
shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins.
For they that are wise and have received the truth,
and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide,
and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you,
they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.”
(Doctrine & Covenants 45:56-57)
I love this painting of the parable of the ten virgins because of the bright contrast between light and darkness. I love D&C 45:57 because it sheds additional light on the symbolism of this parable.
What does the oil represent? I think it represents the Holy Ghost. The wise virgins were able to see their way in the dark because of their lamps. The scripture above indicates that they had the Holy Spirit as their guide. So clearly, having oil in our lamps is equivalent to having the Holy Ghost with us. If we live worthy of the gift of the Holy Ghost, we cannot go astray. It will be our constant companion and guide. It will be what cleanses us from our sins and makes us worthy to “abide the day.”
When Christ comes again, we will not be able to borrow this light from others. We will have had to ingrain its influence in our own lives. If we neglected to do so, we will be left without a guide in the dark. But if we have oil in our lamps, we will be able to see clearly and abide the day.