The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. -- Matthew 13:44
Jesus likens the kingdom of heaven, or the gospel dispensation, to a treasure hidden in a field. Christ may have been referring to people who were in the habit of burying their valuable in the ground, fearing invasion. Or he could have been referring to fields containing precious ore. The parable carries the same meaning, either way.
Consider the gospel as a hidden treasure, found by a penitent believer who, in joy, was willing to sacrifice everything in order to have it for his own.
The gospel as a treasure
- A treasure of knowledge and truth
- A treasure of precious promises
- A treasure of distinguished blessings
- Eternal life
- Crown of life
The gospel as hidden
- In the ancient types and sacrifices
- All contain the seeds of the gospel truths
- Referred to the Messiah
- Promises of salvation
- In the Old Testament prophecies
- Testified of Christ
- To the prejudiced and the worldly
- When Christ revealed the character of his kingdom to the Jews, they were so prejudiced that they could not discern in him their anticipated Messiah.
- The worldly see nothing in the gospel message worthy of their attention.
The gospel as found by the penitent believer
- The gospel is calculated to produce a penitent state of mind
- The gospel is promised only to those who are penitent