Gospel and Jesus as Treasure
Good day to you all. May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied unto you. I come here with a message, not worldly inspired, but divinely inspired by God. May God open up your ears today as the message is being preached and may your hearts of stone be changed into a heart of flesh. So my major question today is what is something in your life that you value the most? Like it holds so much weight in your life, that if you were to lose it you would be lost. Now, this thing you value the most could be a sport, boyfriend or girlfriend, family member, dogs or cats, money, clothes, food, your reputation, and so on. I mean the list of things or people we could name that have the most value in our lives is crazy when you think about it. Now is it wrong to care about all those things and give them weight in our lives, realistically no! But what you have in that place that holds that much shall be crushed. Now you ask, what should be there then? The answer is Jesus and the Gospel. Now I know it might sound very cliché to say that, but it is true, not just here, but also in light of eternity. I mean, if you believe in God, if you believe that the Bible is the word of God for it says in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness,” then you have to believe everything in the Bible is true and cannot be debated. Now, why are we to believe that what God says is true, for One He spoke everything into existence, He speaks raw materials into existence, the one who wrote the perfect book of books through imperfect people, plus His knowledge is Infinite, and ours is finite. If our earthly minds were ever able to take in all that God is, our brains would explode. Let me show you just how Big and worthy our God is, that there are with an estimate of 1 Septillion stars in the Universe. That’s a 1 with 24 zeros behind it. Now take that into consideration as I read this verse from Psalm 147:4 which says, “He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them.” So think about how creative you have to be to name 1 septillion stars, and He remembers the names. Now, me personally, since I am really bad with names, maybe once I started getting past 50 stars I would run out of names and start just calling them star one, star two, star three, and you know the rest, but God no. He gives them an actual name and remembers. Sometimes I forget how to spell the word apple if I’m being honest.
So what does that tell you about God and His knowledge and how worthy He is.
Now if you have grasped all of that I would like you to turn with me to Matthew 13:44 which says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy, he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field.” The implications of this verse lead us to believe that the gospel itself is a priceless treasure. It says the man went and sold all he had to go buy that field. Jesus was saying the Gospel is worth that much. The reason that the Gospel is so valuable is because of the blood and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus came to the earth as God in the flesh, which He was called the Son of God. Jesus was the greater Adam. The lesser Adam was the one who brought sin into the world through his disobedience. Romans 5:17: “Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.” Folks, this is what makes Jesus Christ and the Gospel the treasure that is hidden in the field. For if we are to go back to Genesis 2:17 which says, “but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.” So if we look at what death really means is to have the basic idea of separation. All these factors could have been the possible deaths meant with the implication such as spiritual separation, physical separation, and eternal separation. In fact, these all through Adam were the factors that actually happened. One, ever since the day of sin coming into the world man and woman have been bent on rebelling against God, doing the very things that God hates. The thing in which God hates is sin. So what is sin? JC Ryle in his book Holiness says, “that ‘a sin’ to speak more particularly, consists in doing saying, thinking, or imagining, anything that is not in perfect conformity with the mind and law of God. ‘Sin’ in short as the scripture saith, is the transgression of the law. (1 John 3:4). John Piper says, “Sinning is any feeling or thought or speech or action that comes from a heart that does not treasure God over all other things.”
So what is the root of all sinning? A heart that desires anything or anyone else above God Himself. To break it down, even more, this is John Piper again and he says, “Sin is: The glory of God not honored. The holiness of God not reverenced. The greatness of God not admired. The power of God not praised. The truth of God not sought. The wisdom of God not esteemed. The beauty of God not treasured. The goodness of God not savored. The faithfulness of God not trusted. The promises of God not believed. The commandments of God not obeyed. The justice of God not respected. The wrath of God not feared. The grace of God not cherished. The presence of God not prized. The person of God not loved.” If I look at each statement there have been times and I still do when I fall short on all of these, and what am I doing then? I am falling short of the law which leaves me condemned before God by myself unless I am in Christ, and Christ is in me. But when does sin seem to enter the world and leave man and woman bound by sin, and guilty before God? If we are to look at the book of Genesis in chapter 3 verses 6, and 7 say, “Then the woman saw that the tree was good for food and delightful to look at and that it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves” Here we see that sin has entered the world and caused Adam and Eve to notice that they are naked. In fact, in the next few verses after, Adam and Eve when they hear God coming to hide themselves from Him because they notice they are naked. God says, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” (Genesis 3:11). God already knew why they knew they were naked. The first sin committed was the disobeying of Adam and Eve to God’s one command. Yet God waited for Adam and Eve to confess what they had done. But if we are to look at the first two chapters of Genesis, then we are to see that everything that God spoke into existence and it was good. So the original standing of man before God without sin was sinless and in right standing, but after the fall it left man utterly consumed with sin. So as we see all throughout the Old Testament that men and women of God are proclaiming the coming of the One who shall bear our sin and shame and be pierced for our transgressions.
In fact, in the book of Isaiah Chapter 53:5-7,10,11 which says, “5But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him. 6We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way, and the Lord punished Him for the iniquity of us all. 7He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, He did not open His mouth. 10Yet the Lord was pleased to crush Him severely. When you make Him a restitution offering, He will see His seed, He will prolong His days, and by His hand, the Lord’s pleasure will be accomplished. 11He will see it out of His anguish, and He will be satisfied with His knowledge. My righteous Servant will justify many, and He will carry their iniquities.” As we see in verse 5 of this chapter, we see a substitute for our sins. We see someone else taking upon the wrath which we deserve. Yet this is the key element that makes the Gospel and Jesus that treasure hidden in the field that a man found and reburied and sold all he had and went and bought that field. Folks, this is the joy of the Gospel and Jesus Christ Himself. Verse 6 then lets us all know that we have all fallen short of the Law, and the Law is given to us by God, saying these are His holy commands that you shall obey. The fact of the matter is folks that God’s first commandment out of the ten is one that condemns us all. It says in Exodus 20:3 “Do not have other gods besides Me.” Friends these things can be anything in our heart and mind that holds more weight than God Himself in your life. So if we can’t even begin to obey the first command, then we already stand condemned before God and the place we deserve to be in is Hell. In fact, in the book of Romans in chapter 6 verse 23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Friends, in this verse we see the last two points of death in this.
Remember the first was spiritual death, but the last two were physical separation and eternal separation. Remember also that death is the idea of separation from something. So it says for the wages of sin is death, and we see physical separation in that because ever since the fall of man in the garden, humans have been cursed to die physically, not just that but also, we see sin makes us guilty before God condemning us to Hell which in turn is eternal separation. But then it goes on to say that the gift of God is eternal life to those in Christ Jesus, which means folks Christ is the one through the substitution in our place on the cross bearing the wrath of God upon Himself that reconciles God to man. This is the sweet joy of the Gospel. Christ is the sacrificial Lamb caught in the thicket that lays down His life. He is the Good Shepherd who was slain for His sheep. Christ says, no one takes my life from me, but I lay it down on my own accord. So folks, like it says in chapter 53 of Isaiah Christ was like a lamb being led to the slaughter by her shearers Yet he didn’t open His mouth. Folks, to know Christ died for the very people that killed Him, knowing He could have called down legions of angels while on the cross to put an end to humanity and He didn’t. Christ’s love for His sheep drove Him to lay down His life and appease the wrath that was directed on the sheep yet fulfilled in His death and resurrection. Now listen to what I am about to say here closely. The cross doesn’t demonstrate how much we are worth, but the cost of the sin we commit. Brothers and sisters, we don’t even deserve to live, but by the grace of God, we do. The cross again is not to show how much we are worth but shows the great price that was upon our heads that Christ took upon Himself because of His love for us. So what is the Gospel? The Gospel is that God had created everything in the beginning, and it was good. But man and woman didn’t listen to God, instead of listening to the serpent ate from the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil, which shamed humanity and bent them on rebelling against God. All throughout history before Jesus people have been trying to fulfill the Ten commandments and fell short every time and made them guilty before God. The only thing that made people righteous before God in the Old Testament was their faith, which was credited to them as righteousness. So the Lord Himself had to provide salvation for sinful man. So he came down from all glory, “who existing in the form of God did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. Instead, He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death- even to death on a cross. (Phil 2:6-8). “But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath.” (Romans 5:8-9). “For this reason, God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow-of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth- and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2:9-11). Now if you confess Christ as Lord of your life, crying out to Him repenting of your ways you will as 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.” “And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.” (2 Cor 5:15).
Jesus said, “He said to them, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment.” ( Matthew 22:37,38). Jesus also said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commands.” (John 14:15). Now that doesn’t mean you will be perfect, in fact, the Apostle Paul says, “So now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is the sin living in me. For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in the flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it.” (Romans 7:17,18). So remember that as long as you have your fleshly bodies you shall have the flesh and the spirit wage war on each other. For try to abstain from fleshly desires and live for Christ. Folks that is what makes the Gospel the treasure hidden in the field, because Christ died in our place, taking upon the full wrath of God, and giving us His Holy Spirit so we may begin to glorify Christ by doing things that honor His name. We can only do it because of the Holy Spirit, so we thank Christ for that, for we know trials and tribulations shall come our way, but don’t waiver dear believer, stand strong in the faith, believing Christ is who He says He is, and He will come back one day and gather His sheep and we shall stand before God righteous, not because of anything we have done, but because of Jesus Christ being our Righteousness. So my two questions today are, Is Jesus and the Gospel the treasured possession of your heart? For it says in Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” My last question is this, are you saved? For Jesus says this in John 10:27,28, “My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish-ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand. So make this your thoughts and questions. Christ is calling you, are you going to cry out to Him and repent of your ways? Be sincere in answering these questions because the last thing I want you to do is to walk from this place believing you are saved and then Christ says depart from Me, I never knew you. May you all begin to treasure the Gospel and the wonderful work Jesus Christ. God bless you all, in Jesus’ name amen.
The above was written by my brother-in-Christ and friend Troy Paylorfrom Christ Marked. You can hear his testimony here, and as always beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.