The Pearl Of Great Price (Mt 13:45-46)
45* “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,
46* and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
In “The Parable Of The Hidden Treasure”, I suggested… That Jesus was depicting the “value” of the kingdom to one who accidentally finds it
Jesus followed His parable with another short parable… Commonly called “The Parable Of The Pearl Of Great Price” – Mt 13:45-46
Its similarity to the previous parable is obvious, and yet there is a difference
First lets consider – THE DETAILS OF THE PARABLE…
1. A merchant is seeking beautiful pearls
2. He finds one pearl of great price
3. Undeterred by its price, he sells all that he has and buys it!
The use of the word “Again” ties this parable to the preceding one ……Where the value and preciousness of the kingdom was being described
Where we saw the value to one who accidentally finds it
But in this parable, the person is on a mission to find that which is of great value
a. He believes there is something out there worth looking for, or he would not be seeking it
b. When he finds it, he immediately recognizes its value and is willing to sell all to obtain it
3. Neither this parable (nor the previous one) is suggesting we can “buy” or otherwise “earn” our salvation
a. For salvation is a gift – cf. Ro 6:23
b. We can “buy” salvation only in the sense of gaining rightful possession of it
1) Which we do by grace through faith – cf. Ep 2:8-9
2) When we submit to the working of God and the renewing the Holy Spirit which takes place as we are baptized into Christ – cf. Co 2:11-13; Ti 3:4-7
This parable, then, describes how some people react to the kingdom of heaven, when they know there must be something out there worthy of great value and have been searching for it.