Summary: What and Where is Your Treasure

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reading: Matt.13:44+45

When one speaks about treasure, there is often formed in peoples minds romantic pictures of adventures on the high seas, or in the depths of a wilderness, be it jungle or desert. There is the travelling for miles with an old map with the mystical "X",marking the spot. Of course we should not forget the cryptic clues. Our hero passes many dangers, from poisoned darts and arrows, traps of all kinds from falling objects, various pit to nets and ropes that would hold. These have all been set to prevent the stealing of the much treasured valuables, the gems, gold and other items of

values are not to be easily taken.

We should also not forget the heroine, our leading lady who at first finds our hero somewhat detestable, but nevertheless succumbs to this prime example of manhood.

Others talk about treasuring things or time. Some even call their loved one "treasure." The bible often embraces these metaphorical uses and adds to them. Such texts as:

(Matt 6:19) "Do not lay up for yourself treasures on earth."

(Lk 12:21) "...he who lay’s up treasure for not rich toward God."

(Lk 12:34) "Where your treasure is, there your heart is also."

(Prov. 15:6) "In the house of righteousness there is much treasure.

(Prov 21:20) "Precious treasure remains in a wise man’s dwelling, but a foolish man

devours it

They all portray the sense of something of great value. This is one of the senses of the Greek word translated treasure.

Paul in 2 Cor 4:6+7, talks about God commanding:

"Let light shine out of darkness. "Who has shone in Ourhearts to give The Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.

The illumination of the Gospel, the person becoming the very habitation of God, is the vast treasure. It requires an action to produce light. There is an effort required to produce light, energy must be expended to overcome darkness. Darkness is the norm,

where as light is abnormal. If nothing was to happen, darkness would reign. So light is a precious commodity. Now when the bible talks about the "light of the knowledge of the glory of God," we are talking about something that is not to be found in the normal state of affairs. God has acted so that we can know and have this knowledge which is of immeasurable value.

This immeasurable; valuable treasure has been placed within the people of God, in "earthen vessels." It is a fact that most earthen vessels are of little value. They have quite mundane functions. Some we drink out of, some we eat out and off of. Others we fill with earth and put plants into them, others are simple containers. Still more we decorate, glaze and fire.

In Timothy we are told that vessels can be transformed from being only fit for ignoble use, to being cleansed and make fit for noble use. Here Paul is showing that vessels of what the world see’s as only of small value, can be changed by God to:-

(1) Contain the very transforming light and power of Christ.

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