21. The Hidden Treasure
The Importance of the
Gospel of God’s Kingdom
In Our Lives
We have just been looking at how the gospel of God’s Kingdom (the power of God) works in us. This has reviewed 20 of the parables of Jesus, and we’ve seen things from a lot of different perspectives.
Now we’re going to study 6 more parables that talk about the importance of the gospel in our lives. Following this will be Part 3: a dozen parables about How God Relates To Us in his gospel Kingdom. Then will be Part 4: parables about judgment of God. There must be judgment for there to be a conclusion to things on earth, and a new heaven and earth.
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
(Only in Matthew 13:44).
This and the next parable (the lost pearl) are similar. This one is a surprise finding of something wonderful, and next is something searched for.
Here a man finds a treasure in a field and sells everything he owns to buy the field and get it. This is meant to be our attitude toward God’s Kingdom that we are a part of, as well as the gospel that
The United States is defined and described by
its Constitution, which is a great treasure.
Similarly, the Kingdom of God is defined by
the gospel that Jesus came to bring us.
Its blessings are a great treasure to us.
Citizenship in the United States is very important to many people who immigrate here. Many even lose their lives trying to get here it is so very important to them (it is a great treasure to them).
This is the way the Kingdom of God is meant to be to us. It should be of the most prime importance to us. We should be willing to sell or lose everything we have to obtain it.
This gospel is like a medicine that will cure most physical problems we may face. If you are sick, you would be willing to pay any price to obtain it. So it is with the gospel that reveals all aspects of God’s Kingdom that are given to us (Luke 12:32).
Our treasure is where our heart is. The Kingdom of God should be where our heart is (Luke 12:34). Jesus says he is often found by those who weren’t even seeking him at all (Rom 10:20).
Doesn’t this fit the very first words Jesus ever
spoke in ministry? — after he’d just spent 40 days with Satan in the wilderness? He said, “Repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). This would appear to be the greatest treasure Jesus had to give and he wanted to make sure we found it.
Remember: my purpose is not to totally discuss each parable. It is to only
show the gospel in each parable, and how it practically impacts us.