The Parables of Matthew 13 (Part 3)

The Hid Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price

What is a treasure?  A treasure is anything that is precious to that person.It may not have any value, but to those that cherish it, it is a treasure.

What is the treasure that this parable speaks of? Some say it is the nation of Israel. Others say it is the Church. Both Israel and the Church are precious and are treasures, but these are not the treasures that this parable is speaking of. In this parable and other parts of the Scripture, the treasure refers to the Word of God; the Gospel of God. Contained in this treasure is the knowledge of Christ, the gospel, the mysteries, etc. This is the wealth of God and it is the Word of God.

Israel is precious, but Israel is not the treasure. The Church is precious, but the Church is not the treasure. Faith, love, hope, power, gifts, joy and everything and anything that is good is precious, but they are not THE TREASURE. They are parts of the treasure, and they are the pearls of the treasure. But what is revealed to me is my treasure. It is the revelation of the Word of God which is the treasure. In this parable, it is the Word of God and, in particular, it is the Gospel of God, that opens the door to the wealth of God.

The wealth of God is the knowledge of Christ Jesus being revealed to us by His Holy Spirit. Christ is the treasure and Christ is the Pearl of Great Price.Christ in his death is my treasure and when I enter into this treasure, into this wealth of deposit, I find the Pearl of Great Price, Christ in Resurrection.

Christ is the revelation of God. God is revealing Himself to us by His Son, Jesus Christ. Christ is called the Word of God. Everything is in the Word of God, everything is in His Son, Christ Jesus.

Keeping your eyes on Jesus means to keep your mind and your heart
on the Word of God, and letting the Word of God rule in your mind and in your heart. Trusting in God means to trust in Jesus Christ, and trusting in Jesus Christ means to trust in the Word of God. Spending time with God means to spend time with Jesus Christ, and to spend time with Jesus Christ means to spend time in His Word, the Scriptures, the Bible.

I cannot know God except through His Son Jesus Christ, and I cannot know Christ, except someone preaches the Word of God to me or I spend time in His Word.

Now let’s look at the word treasure as used in scripture.

2Cor. 4:3-7:
(3) But if our gospel be hid, it is hidden to them that are lost,  (4) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  (5) For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  (6) For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  (7) But we have this treasure “thesaurus” in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

2Cor. 4:10-11:
(10) Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.  (11) For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus (the Pearl of Great Price, Jesus in Resurrection) might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

And again in the following verse:

Col. 2:3:
(3) In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

The word treasure in the New Testament comes from the Greek word thesauros (a deposit, i.e. wealth). A treasure is a deposit. It contains things
precious and valuable.  In the Bible, the treasure refers to the Word of God.

The revelations of what it contains becomes valuable to the one to whom it is revealed. It refers to the Word of God, the mysteries, the gospel, and the knowledge. The knowledge that God has revealed to us becomes a treasure to us.

The wealth that is the revelation of the Kingdom of Heavens, is the Word of God that is given to us by the revelation of the Holy Spirit.

It is the glorious Gospel of God, the dying of the Lord Jesus Christ that the life of our Lord may shine forth to others.

The treasure is all the preciousness contained in the Word of God and the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Pearl of Great Price.

The Cross of Christ is the key that opened the door to the wealth of God,
and the Pearl of Great Price is Christ in resurrection, revealed in Glory:

To the Christian, the treasure is the Word of God which is hidden in God.
(Eph. 3:9; Col. 2:2-3).

The treasure that was given to the unbelievers, in the Parable of the Hid Treasure is the Gospel of God, the good news that Christ died for our sins.

But this is a parable of the unbeliever. The treasure in this parable, is a treasure hidden in the world.

Before a friend of mine became a Christian, he was a Buddhist by birth. He believed that there was a God, but he did not know Him. He was introduced to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and accepted Him as the way of salvation.

The Gospel was always there among the religion of the world, hidden to him but in due time, he found it or I should say, God found him.

He accepted the Gospel of Christ as the only true way to salvation and did not hide it again among the religions of the world.

In the parable, the man buyeth the field (world). The world’s religions are based on a system of works. To buy the world with the gospel hidden in it is to mix grace with works.

Rather, he took it out from the world from other religious teachings and made it his by hiding it in his heart. He knew this gospel was different, and made it my own. The gospel became his treasure.

Now the gospel is the key that opens the door to God’s treasure,
and there I see a lot of precious things (pearls).

But when I see the Pearl of Great Price, I realize everything is in Him and He is most precious.

Now the treasure, or the gospel that was hid in his heart, will shine forth that others may see the resurrected Christ in his life, which shines forth as the Pearl of Great Price.

Had he rejected the gospel and said it is the same as Buddhism, he would have hid the gospel again in the world.

He would have bought the world with the gospel and all the other religions in it together.

By doing this,  He would have been bought by the world’s gospel
which is based on works, or what “he must do”.

The MAN that found the hidden treasure and hid it again, is like the man in the Parable of the Talents who was given a talent, and dug in the earth and hid it.

He was labeled wicked and he was cast into outer darkness, awaiting the final judgment. (Mat. 25:25-26, 30).

This MAN, who found the treasure, hideth it, and for joy goeth. He is also like to the man in the Parable of the Sower, who heard the Word,
and immediately with joy received it. However, he had no root and withered away. (Mat. 13:20).

If this man who found the treasure (The Gospel of God) accepted the death of the Cross, and made it his own, he would have been saved.

Hiding it in the world and buying the field (world) means he added the teachings of other religions of the world by adding works to the Gospel of God.

The word “selling” comes from the Greek word “poleo”, which means to trade, barter. This is what the world’s religion does. The religions of this world negotiate salvation by works of doing certain rituals.

Had this man not hid the Gospel of God, he would have become the merchant man in the next parable and seek for fine pearls which are the wonderful things of God.

When one finds the Pearl of Great Price, the Christian realizes that all the wonderful things of God, are all in Christ Himself.

As young Christians, we seek for gifts such as power, holiness, grace, wisdom, mercy, love, etc. The Christians at Corinth did not know this truth as they were seeking worldly wisdom. The Apostle wrote to them that wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption are in Christ.
(1Co. 1:30)

You are a merchant man when you become a Christian for not only did you buy, (to be bought by Christ), but now can sell (to dispose of all and be bondslave of Christ) to obtain the Pearl of Great Price.

The word “sell” in the Parable of the Hid Treasure is “poleo”, which means to barter or negotiate. The word “sold” in the Parable of the Merchant Man is “pripasko”,which means to dispose into slavery.

The unbelievers negotiate salvation by adding works because they think that must do their part.

The Merchant Man sold or gave everything, to know more of the deeper things of the treasure, and found that it is all in Christ, who is the Pearl of Great Price.

When we know Christ in resurrection as the Pearl of Great Price (polutimos; extremely valuable), then we will be a master of our own household, and able to bring forth things out of our treasure both new and old.

The man in the Parable of the Treasure accepted all the religions and the Gospel as the same. That is why he is an unbeliever.

The Merchant Man who sought and found the Pearl, not only believes that Christ died on the Cross, but that He rose from the dead, and is the Pearl of Great Price in Resurrection. He is seeking Him and not things (goodly pearls).

Salvation by the Gospel of God, is based on what Jesus did on the Cross for us, and his resurrection from the dead. 

When you add works to what Christ had done on the Cross, then we are teaching that salvation is grace + works and it becomes like other religions of the world.

This is what many churches are preaching today. Other religions of the world have their own way of salvation and it is based on what one must do.

This is what the woman in the Parable of the Leaven did. She mixed leaven (works) with the flour, the basic ingredients of bread.

He is our Bread of life through the Gospel. When this truth is hidden in the religions of the world, the unbeliever cannot be saved.

In the parable, the woman is teaching the doctrines of the Pharisees.

The man that found the treasure was hidden in the world because he hid it again.

He left it there among the religions of the world, then buys the field or the world’s religion.

He is seeking to be redeemed by the religion of the world and is not a believer.

Like many of the other parables, the main theme is salvation.

It is the GOSPEL, the WORD OF GOD, or THE WORK OF CHRIST ON THE CROSS that is often the theme of the parables.

Understanding the Word of God and its meaning is precious to me and becomes a treasure to me.

All the Word of God is a treasure or a deposit of wealth, but to me, it is those things that I understand that is precious, and is added to my treasure.

If I misunderstand the meaning of the Word of God, I may have lots of knowledge of facts of the Word of God, but I cannot bring out things both new and old from the treasure, from the Word of God.

I cannot share with others the precious things from the Word of God to add to their treasure.