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Summary: To gain His treasure we must give all.

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(1) INTRODUCTION:

"Again the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys the field." Matthew 13:44

What is this hidden treasure and how are we to possess it ?

(2) Let us look at each section of the parable and relate to our spiritual experience...

(a) THE HIDDEN TREASURE = God’s Wisdom (Proverbs 2:4-5).

This true wisdom, true way of living to the full, true riches, is only found IN JESUS CHRIST (Colossians 2:3)

(b) THE FINDING OF IT = By God’s revelation of Jesus (Colossians 1:26-28).

See also Psalm 119:162 and 1 Cor 2:7-10 - There must be a searching, a passionate desire for this true treasure and it will be revealed to us.

(c) THE HIDING OF IT = In Our Hearts (Psalm 119:11, Colossians 3:3)

To prevent this treasure being stolen from us by the enemy there must be a digging deep to hide it in our hearts (See Colossians 3:16)

(d) THE SELLING OF ALL TO GAIN IT = Sacrifice, forsaking all other riches.

See Hebrews 11:26 - This was a big step of faith for the man and must have brought much ridicule from those who knew not of the hidden treasure. But it secured this man’s future possession of this treasure.

IT WAS A CASE OF ALL OR NOTHING (Illustration....

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art. When the Viet Nam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very

courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands. He said, "Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art.

The young man held out his package. "I know this isn’t much. I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this."

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. "Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your

son did for me. It’s a gift."

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection. On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel.


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