Hidden Treasure

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” (Matthew 13:44)

Thus far in our discussion of the Parables in Matthew chapter 13 we have learned the way in which the message of the Kingdom would be received by the people. We saw in the Parable of the Sower that there are four different hearts and only one in the four would grasp the truth. We also observed in the Parable of the Wheat and Tares that Satan will do all in his power to corrupt the truth of the Kingdom. As a word of encouragement Jesus told of the Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Leven which showed that the Kingdom would have humble beginnings and experience tremendous growth throughout the world. We know look at two more Parables the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price. Here Jesus is teaching us of the precious value of the Kingdom of God. First we shall look at the Parable of the Hidden Treasure.

We see that a man has found hidden treasure in a field. The man again hides the treasure and goes off to sell all his possessions in order to buy the field that the treasure is in. In that way the treasure would be rightly his.

In Luke chapter 14 Jesus was teaching His disciple to consider the cost of discipleship with Him. (Luke 14:25-33) In whatever we wish to accomplish we must consider the cost that we are sure to be able to complete that accomplishment. “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?” (Luke 14:28) One commentator, D. A. Carson observes from this Parable that the worth of the Kingdom of Heaven is far greater that the cost of discipleship with Jesus. There is no price that we would bear that would be close to the value of entering into the Kingdom of Heaven. We should gladly sacrifice our all to acquire possession of the Kingdom of Heaven.

William Hendrickson notes that the value of God’s rule over our hearts and life, our present salvation and future salvation, both for the soul and the body, and the privilege of being a blessing to others for the glory of God is worth the cost of surrendering all in service to our Lord and Savior.

An interesting insight to this Parable is that the man found the treasure in the field when his was not particularly looking for it. The man was, as we all do, living in the routine of life when he found the hidden treasure. The man knew the great value of what he had found, that the salvation for our spirits is far greater than all else we could possess, as our spirits are eternal and to lose ones spirit is complete death.

The Apostle Paul is a good example of this truth. On the road to Damascus Paul was not looking for salvation through Jesus Christ. He himself was in opposition to the teachings of Jesus. Paul was going to Damascus to persecute the of the way of Christ, yet Jesus confronted Paul on the road. “Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.” (Acts 9:1-2) Paul was not an evil man but believed that he was doing the right thing in putting down a heresy to the Jewish religion.

The Lord called Paul on his way to Damascus and he accepted this as God’s will for his life and did not delay in obedience to God’s will at any cost. Later Paul testified of this to King Agrippa. “So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision, but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance. “For this reason some Jews seized me in the temple and tried to put me to death. “So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place; that the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.” (Acts 26:19-23)

Paul repented and realized that all he had gained in life was worthless to the value of receiving Jesus as Lord of his life. “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:7-11)

Paul wrote many letters to the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul knew that he had found the treasure of the Kingdom of God. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)

At conversion from worldly living to living for the Kingdom of God the believer in Jesus Christ is transferred from the darkness of this world into light of His Kingdom. “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13) In Jesus we find our refuge from the powers of the god of this world the Prince of the Air Satan. The Christian is no longer under the influence of Satan and trapped in a life of sinful living. If we are not on the narrow path to His Kingdom then we are on the broad road to destruction and are the children of wrath. “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.” (Ephesians 2:1-3)

Mankind must realize their humble position that we are all slaves. Either to the evil spiritual forces in the heavenly places and lost in unrighteous living and in bondage to our sin. Or we can be slaves to righteousness and live according to God’s plan for our lives and find rest in His Kingdom. “But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” (Romans 6:17-18)

The Word of God when received is the power to set men free from the power of the evil one and to truly free us from the bondage of sin. His Word awakens our conscience to the truth of what is right and wrong that our paths may be directed in the way that we should go. “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

God knows what we are able to bear and will not let us to be overcome by the wiles of the devil. God will always provide to us a way of escape from the evil darts that Satan flings at us. “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)

In the world there is constant trial and tribulation and for those outside pf the protection of God there is not peace, there is no joy, and there is no salvation. When one trusts in the truth of God’s Word and follows Jesus in faith through the trials of this world there will be peace, there will be joy, and there is salvation. “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17)

There will be peace because our relationship with God the Father has been restored by reconciliation through Jesus Christ. Our Father in Heaven knows our needs and will provide them for His glory that we need not be anxious for anything or be stressed by the folly of this world. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) As we find victory through the power of His name there will be joy in all the circumstances that life may place in our path. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

The greatest benefit is not only getting out of this world spiritually alive, not only having Jesus leading us through this wilderness of the shadow of death, and not only having a true hope for the future glory of the Kingdom of God, but that twinkling when we are there. A place of love and justice as God intended and panned. A place where we are free from the temptations of the evil one, free from the past that every day he accuses us of, and free from the curse we have lived under since the fall in the Garden of Eden. To rest in the everlasting light of God’s glory in an eternal home of peace and joy. Where there is no more pain, sorrow, and suffering. Where the greatest enemy never rest upon our hearts again, the enemy of death. For we shall be humbled in praise to our God at His throne of grace. His children who He shall care for as a loving Father throughout the never ending day. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” (Revelation 21:1-5)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, November 4, 2016

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