In Matthew 13: 44-58, the kingdom of heaven is likened to treasure,
discovered by a man. He covers it up again, and goes and sells everything he has in order to buy the field, so that the treasure will be his. Or the kingdom is like a pearl dealer looking for fine pearls. When he finds one of
great value, he goes away and sells everything he owns in order to buy that pearl. Is Jesus the ultimate treasure for you? Or just someone of passing interest among many others? What have you sold or given away in order to lay hold of God’s kingdom? Is it the ultimate pearl for you?
For Paul (Romans 8: 26-39) God’s kingdom and the Lord Jesus were treasure
for which he had given away all his material and social capital. The Old
Testament had been treasure in that it awoke him to his need, but the
Messiah in the person of Jesus was the greatest treasure, because he brought
God’s kingdom in a way that didn’t have to be earned by perfection. There is
‘no condemnation’ now for those who accept Jesus as Messiah, and nothing can
separate us from the love of God, not even the greatest disaster that can
befall us while we’re living in this world (Paul had experienced many of
This passage in Romans 8 contains many of the Christian treasures: the
verses (26-7) about the Holy Spirit interceding for us, even when we are
just groaning because we don’t know what to pray; or the one (28) about God
working for the good of those who love him in all things; and finally the
sublime assurance that absolutely nothing will be able to separate us from
the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This passage in itself is part of the treasure of our Christian inheritance,
for which we are invited to make an active response: to do whatever it takes
to make it our own.