22. The Pearl
The Importance of the
Gospel of God’s Kingdom
In Our Lives
The Parable of the Pearl
(Only in Matt 13:45-46).
Like the last parable, the pearl here is of total importance to the person looking for it. But unlike the last parable, he does not discover it by accident. He has been looking high and low for it and has finally found it the most unbelievable pearl.
Again, he sells everything he has to buy it.
We should all do very purposeful searching into the gospel. We should strive to mine everything we can from the gospel and to make it ours. The gospel reveals everything to us about the pearl, that is the Kingdom of God on earth — and later in heaven.
The gospel reveals Jesus came (1) to abolish death, (2) to give us both abundant life on earth,
and (3) eternal life in heaven when we die (II Tim 1:10). Can anything be more valuable?
Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings (meaning us) is to search out a matter.” Paul refers to the gospel as a ‘mystery.’ That means it’s concealed, and must be revealed by God. We are not just trying to find something, but rather Someone.
Jesus is the truth. HE is gospel truth. The message is given birth by the Messenger, and we must believe both the Messenger and his message (John 3:36).
Paul’s focus was ‘whom’ he believed (II Tim 1:12).
We encounter the person of God himself
if we come into gospel revelation.
God is one with his gospel truth and Kingdom reality.
It is the great pearl he gives us.
Many get discouraged seeking truth and never seem to find it. Christian polls say fewer than 10% actually come into any real gospel revelation. They live hard lives. Their faith gets shipwrecked. Some find the gospel and lose it because they’re idealists, expecting everything to be perfect, and it is not.
This life is never meant to be perfect. If it were we’d never have any desire for heaven.
The fact is the gospel, and the Kingdom it tells us about is free. We don’t have to spend a cent to get it. But we do have to give ourselves as a living sacrifice to God (Rom 12:1), which can include sacrificing all of our humanistic expectancies. Jesus made it clear: “My Kingdom is not of this world.” It will be in the future, but it isn’t now.
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.