If the oil is your spiritual preparation, how is it brought/sold?

Parable of the Ten Virgins

Matthew 25:9

ESV - 9 But the wise answered, saying, 'Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, the buying of the oil represents living a life that is consistent with, or bears a visible witness to, one's professed faith. By the time the bridegroom comes, there is no longer an opportunity for such a witness -- that is, to "let your light shine before men" (Matthew 5:16) -- and no one indivdual's witness can suffice, supplement, or substitute for another (that is, no one can "sell" their own "oil" to another). It is in the absence of such a witness that the bridegroom tells the foolish virgins that he does not know them.

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