In ancient times men protected their wealth...
Matthew 13.44 NLT
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.
This parable serves to teach us that we may not understand details of the word-picture. Just know the parable well. The Holy Spirit will bring the correct application to us at exactly the right time...
Parables are powerful "word-pictures" that are meant to be engrafted into our thinking...as mental pictures do control our thought-life.
where the "imagination" gets involved. The imagination allows mental exploration of the past,
present, future. It is the ability to see pictures and images in the
"movie theater" of the mind. The imagination is the "workshop" of the
human mind. It is the only thing in the world we have complete control
over. That's why GOD takes great interest of what goes on there, and judges what we allow to grow there - Genesis 6.5
What is the hidden treasure?
The reaction of the man in the parable was decisive. There is a strong case for the treasure being the "wisdom of GOD"
"Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding."
Proverbs 23.23 "Buy the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.
"Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be."
Being plugged into the Tree of Life where GOD's wisdom is available...
I wonder if I understand the difference between nominal Christianity and the Kingdom of GOD?
"For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost." Romans 14.17
"Righteousness" is a legal term. Here is how it operates in the two systems:
We can have criminal intent, harbor revenge, hatred, despise someone - but if we do nothing about it - we are okay.
We can commit lust, run a red light, cheat, lie, steal, - but if we don't get cBut seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto youaught - then it's no big deal...
The world system runs on what we do - our actions. Even great and generous giving can have a lousy, self-serving motive - the world's accolades will be long and strong.
Matthew 6.33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
Psalms 119.11 "I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
James 1.21[various translations]
"So stop all your dirty living. Stop doing so many wrong things. Listen quietly to the word that has been put in your hearts. It is able to save you"
"wherefore having put aside all filthiness and superabundance of evil, in meekness be receiving the engrafted word, that is able to save your souls;"
"So get rid of all uncleanness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls.
"Therefore, with humility, set aside all moral filth and the growth of wickedness, and welcome the word planted deep inside you—the very word that is able to save you."
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