Saturday, October 2, 2010

Jesus is the treasure

Matthew 13: 44"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
45"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.


At first glance man in his naturally self-centered worldview, would immediately interpret such as a parable as meaning:
Here we are away from God, because of sin (a sort of sickness, something we are victims of) and God discovered US, God saw how VALUABLE we are, how USEFUL we could be to accomplish His purposes (sort of helping God or allowing God to do things on earth) then God "gave His only begotten Son...", God sacrificed everything to get US!
Hmmm? Sound good? The ego says "yes", but that's not at all consistent with scripture, not at all consist with what the bible describes as God's motive for doing all things and certainly not consistent with the Bible's description of man.
The bible declares that none are good, none seek God, that all have sinned, all have strayed & gone our own way, that man continually sins in his thoughts, motives, actions, words, and that if given more freedom/opportunity would sin all the more, the scripture makes clear that men love the world and consequently hate God, that they find pleasure in sin, are enemies of God, that their minds are at enmity with God, that they are dead in sin, enslaved to sin, willing slaves of sin, haters of God, children of wrath, children of disobedience etc
In otherwords the scriptures condemn all men as guilty sin-loving rebels who only deserve eternal hellfire. The scriptures affirm that God has all, needs nothing, and does all things for His own glory, that what He does, He does because He wants to and has every right to (which would be the most frightening thought IF the character of God wasn't unchanging, but thankfully we can know what God desires, what God opposes, what God promises concerning us. The frightening quality of the character of God is reserved for those who continue to resist him).

With that said, the meaning of the parable is this: The treasure is Christ, He is the one which secures the hope of salvation for all who will repent and believe in Him. When a man discovers (and this happens when God convicts him & opens his eyes) that he is a rebel, that his sins are owing to him alone and that they are worthy of damnation, when man sees his need, he then can place value to the cure. It is only when a man knows that he is lost, can he desire to be found. If one doesn't believe that he needs to be rescued then he will not and can not desire a savior. Finding the treasure, the pearl is such an awakening, it is the realization of the problem & the solution in a moment.

When someone truly is saved, salvation (to be with & for Christ) becomes the most important thing in life (& eternity), no cost is too much. Each man upon the discovery of invaluable treasure, SOLD ALL to get it, when a man is truly saved, he will so desperately desire Christ that he would be willing (whether or not he ever has to prove it tangibly) to LOSE everything for Christ and if he lost everything, he would conclude that he lost nothing, because he has Christ!

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