Archive for June, 2019

Banner of Truth

June 27, 2019

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Let His banner of truth shine!Ps 60:4
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Psalm 60:4-5 AMP … You have set up a banner for those who fear You {with awe-inspired reverence and submissive wonder—a banner to shield them from attack} {a rallying point in the face of attack}, A banner that may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
5 That Your beloved ones may be rescued; Save with Your right hand{deliver/give victory by your power} and answer us.

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Song 6:10Who is this that grows{rises} like the dawn{Son rise},
As beautiful as the full moon{white one}, As pure as the sun,
As awesome as an army with banners{stars in procession}?

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Crowned with Loving-Kindness and Compassion!

June 27, 2019

Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not{one of} all His benefits—
… Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion
Ps 103:1-2,4

Rich in mercyEph 2:4-5
Strong and mighty
King of kings
Lord of lords
Rev 19:16
Jesus
King Jesus.

Word of God
Faithful and true
Rev 19:11-13
Slow to anger
Full of compassion
Ps 145:8
He is able – Jesus Eph 3:20
King Jesus!Jn 18:37
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Through the LORD’S mercies{lovingkindnesses} we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new{fresh} every morning; Great is Your faithfulness!Lam 3:22-23
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Word Study
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From Netbible Ps 103:4
Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion

  • crowns[05849] = grant honor, protect, to surround
  • lovingkindness[02617] = goodness, faithfulness, unfailing love, mercy
  • compassion[07356] = tender mercy, the womb
    (as cherishing the fetus), deep affection

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From NetBible Lam 3:22-23
Through the LORD’S mercies{lovingkindnesses} we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new{fresh} every morning; Great is Your faithfulness{your faithfulness is abundant,}!

  • lovingkindness[02617] = goodness, faithfulness, unfailing love, mercy
  • consumed[08552] = destroyed, come to end, cut off
  • compassion[07356] = tender mercy, the womb
    (as cherishing the fetus), deep affection

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Treasure the Seed!

June 26, 2019

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Luke 8:11-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Sower Explained
11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13 But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 14 Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.
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Proverbs 4:20-23 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
22 For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
23 Keep{guard} your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.

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Faith “Sees” with an Understanding Heart

June 20, 2019

Hebrews 11:1 Amplified Bible (AMP)
11 Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].
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Hebrews 11:1 NKJV … Now faith is the *substance[5287] of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

  • substance[5287] = a setting or placing under, firm foundation, confidence, firm trust, assurance
    *from a compound of [5259] = place under
    and [2476] = make to stand, firm, fixed, established on sound foundation
  •  Hebrews 1:3
    The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His nature{substance[5287]}, and upholds all things by the word of His power. …
  •  Hebrews 3:14
    For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance{substance[5287]} firm until the end …

    • partakers[3353] = partners, companions, sharing in work
    • hold fast[2722] = keep secure, keep firm possession of{from going away}, keep (in memory)

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Look how faith in Jesus Christ affects what our “spiritual eyes” see!
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Interesting, looking at Matthew 13 – we see the opposite of faith = hearts that do not “see”. The key seems to be how receptive your heart is to receiving, understanding and applying God’s word. It is also a warning to not devalue God’s word …
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Matthew 13:10-16 Amplified Bible (AMP)
10 Then the disciples came to Him and asked, “Why do You speak to the crowds in parables?” 11 Jesus replied to them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 For whoever has [spiritual wisdom because he is receptive to God’s word], to him more will be given, and he will be richly and abundantly supplied; but whoever does not have [spiritual wisdom because he has devalued God’s word], even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 This is the reason I speak to the crowds in parables: because while [having the power of] seeing they do not see, and while [having the power of] hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand and grasp [spiritual things]. 14 In them the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,

‘You will hear and keep on hearing, but never understand;
And you will look and keep on looking, but never comprehend;
15 For this nation’s heart has grown hard,
And with their ears they hardly hear,
And they have [tightly] closed their eyes,
Otherwise they would see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart, and turn [to Me]
And I would heal them [spiritually].’
16 But blessed [spiritually aware, and favored by God] are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.
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See how all this is linked with walking in obedience.
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1 John 2:5-6 Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 But whoever habitually keeps His word and obeys His precepts [and treasures His message in its entirety], in him the love of God has truly been perfected [it is completed and has reached maturity]. By this we know [for certain] that we are in Him: 6 whoever says he lives in Christ [that is, whoever says he has accepted Him as God and Savior] ought [as a moral obligation] to walk and conduct himself just as He walked and conducted Himself.
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2 Corinthians 5:7 Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—
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Matthew 13:23 Amplified Bible (AMP)
23 And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands and grasps it; he indeed bears fruit and yields, some a hundred times [as much as was sown], some sixty [times as much], and some thirty.”
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Prayer:
Ephesians 1:17-19 Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 [I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son]. 18 And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people), 19 and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength.
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Eat Only “True” Food

June 19, 2019

John 6:32,48,55-58 Amplified Bible (AMP)
32 Then Jesus said to them, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. …
… 48 I am the Bread of Life [the Living Bread which gives and sustains life]. …
… 55 For My flesh is true [spiritual] food, and My blood is true [spiritual] drink. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior] remains in Me, and I [in the same way remain] in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, even so the one who feeds on Me [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior] will also live because of Me. 58 This is the Bread which came down out of heaven. It is not like [the manna that] our fathers ate and they [eventually] died; the one who eats this Bread [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior] will live forever.”

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Eat only what is trueIs 55:2
True food and true drink
The Bread of Life and the Blood of Christ
Jn 6:32,48,55-58
The Living WordMt 4:4;Jn 6:63;He 4:12
=>The Words of the Lord are pure
Untainted by falsehood or deception.
Ps 12:6
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Take heed to what you hear
Spiritual Wisdom comes from being
Receptive{eating/clinging} to God’s Word.
Mk 4:24-25
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Eating only what is true
{Spiritual Wisdom,”good” leaven, Bread of Life}
=> results in eternal life!
Pro 3:18
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Eating a “mixture”
{Falsehood, deception, “bad” leaven}
Pro 14:12;Mt 7:13-14
=> results in loss of hearing/ seeing = spiritual death.

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The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took & worked into three measures of flour until all of it was leavened. -Mt 13:33
=> ONLY 2 kinds of leaven True&Pure leading to eternal life or Untrue&Impure leading to death
=>Narrow is the WAY!

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Matthew 13:10-13 Amplified Bible (AMP)
10 Then the disciples came to Him and asked, “Why do You speak to the crowds in parables?” 11 Jesus replied to them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 For whoever has [spiritual wisdom because he is receptive to God’s word], to him more will be given, and he will be richly and abundantly supplied; but whoever does not have [spiritual wisdom because he has devalued God’s word], even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 This is the reason I speak to the crowds in parables: because while [having the power of] seeing they do not see, and while [having the power of] hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand and grasp [spiritual things].
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Matthew 13:33 Amplified Bible (AMP)
The Leaven
33 He told them another parable, “The kingdom of heaven is like [a]leaven, which a woman took and worked into three [b]measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

**Footnotes:
a. Matthew 13:33 This is the first time leaven is mentioned in the New Testament. See Ex 12:15 for the first mention of leaven in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word (seor) refers specifically to the leavening agent (as opposed to dough containing it), which today is thought of as yeast, a type of fungi. In Jewish thinking, leaven was symbolic of impurity and corruption. Jesus used it as a symbol for the corrupt and hypocritical teachings of the Pharisees and Sadducees (see especially Luke 12:1; cf Matt 16:11; Mark 8:15), but He also used leaven’s ability to permeate a mass of dough many times its own size as an illustration of the spread of the kingdom of heaven as here and in Luke 13:21.
b. Matthew 13:33 A measure was about a peck and a half, which would be enough bread to feed a hundred people.
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Mark 4:24-25 Amplified Bible (AMP)
24 Then He said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear. By your own standard of measurement [that is, to the extent that you study spiritual truth and apply godly wisdom] it will be measured to you [and you will be given even greater ability to respond]—and more will be given to you besides. 25 For [a]whoever has [a teachable heart], to him more [understanding] will be given; and whoever does not have [a yearning for truth], even what he has will be taken away from him.”

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a. Mark 4:25 The person “who has” is one who is receptive to God’s word, while the one “who does not have” is the person who is blind to and has rejected the spiritual truth and godly wisdom already given to him. As a result, even what little he had previously understood about Jesus will no longer be clear to him.

Treasure in your Heart

June 18, 2019

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Treasure in your heart!

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Matthew 6:21Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
From NetBible Mt 6:21

  • treasure[2344] = storehouse, place where treasures are collected-treasury

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Psalm 119:11Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!
From NetBible Ps 119:11

  • hidden[06845] = treasure or store up, protect

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Proverbs 2:1-5 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
1 My son, if you will receive my words and treasure up[06845my commandments within you,
2 Making your ear attentive to skillful and godly Wisdom and inclining and directing your heart and mind to understanding [applying all your powers to the quest for it];
3 Yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,
4 If you seek [Wisdom] as for silver and search for skillful and godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures,
5 Then you will understand the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of [our omniscient] God.

Mustard Seed – Small Beginning

June 15, 2019

Matthew 13:31-32 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
31 Another story by way of comparison He set forth before them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. 32 Of all the seeds it is the smallest, but when it has grown it is the largest of the garden herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and find shelter in its branches.
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Mark 4:30-32 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
30 And He said, With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use to illustrate and explain it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all seeds upon the earth; 32 Yet after it is sown, it grows up and becomes the greatest of all garden herbs and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air are able to make nests and dwell in its shade.
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Luke 13:18-19 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
18 This led Him to say, What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his own garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the wild birds found shelter and roosted and nested in its branches.
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Mustard seedMt 13:31-32;Mk 4:30-32; Lk 13:18-19
Mustard seedMt 17:20;Lk 17:1-6
The kingdom at hand
Repent and believe in the gospel!Mk 1:15
Small beginning faith. Zec 4:10
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Mustard seed
Mustard seed

Let your roots grow deep Col 2:6-7
Not by might nor by power, but by His SpiritZec 4:6
Growing, ever growing 2Pe 1:5-9
Becoming a tree
Refined finished faith
He 12:2
More precious than gold
1Pe 1:6-9
Mustard tree
Providing refuge and rest
Mk 4:32
Tree of life
An eternal home.Pro 3:18; Pro 11:30; Jn 17:3
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1 Peter 1:6-9 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
6 [You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, 7 So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed. 8 Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy. 9 [At the same time] you receive the result (outcome, consummation) of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
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What is this “mustard seed”? This small seed of faith?
=>Faith in the gospel!
What is the “finished” result of this ever growing faith?
=>salvation = eternal life = an eternal home = tree of life = mustard tree!

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Word Study
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From NetBible Mt 13:32

  • becomes[1096] a tree = to be made, finished
  • *The point of the parable seems to be that while the kingdom of God may appear to have insignificant and unnoticeable beginnings (i.e., in the ministry of Jesus), it will someday (i.e., at the second advent) be great and quite expansive. The kingdom, however, is not to be equated with the church, but rather the church is an expression of the kingdom. Also, there is important OT background in the image of the mustard seed that grew and became a tree: Ezek 17:22-24 pictures the reemergence of the Davidic house where people can find calm and shelter. Like the mustard seed, it would start out small but grow to significant size.

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Kingdom of Heaven like Treasure

June 8, 2019

Matthew 13:44 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Hidden Treasure
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a [very precious] treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid again; then in his joy he goes and sells all he has and buys that field [securing the treasure for himself].
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Luke 8:9-11,15 Amplified Bible (AMP)
9 Now His disciples began asking Him what this parable{Sower} meant. 10 And He said, “To you [who have been chosen] it has been granted to know and recognize the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that though seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. 11 “Now [the meaning of] the parable is this: The seed is the word of God [concerning eternal salvation]. …
… 15 But as for that seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word with a good and noble heart, and hold on to it tightly, and bear fruit with patience.

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=> only those who find God’s word, bury it in their hearts{soil in a field} and bear good fruit know Christ and the kingdom of heaven!

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Look how the treasure hid in a field{good soil hearts} is related to treasure in “jars of clay”!
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Ephesians 2:6-7 Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 And He raised us up together with Him [when we believed], and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, [because we are] in Christ Jesus, 7 [and He did this] so that in the ages to come He might [clearly] show the immeasurable and unsurpassed riches of His grace in [His] kindness toward us in Christ Jesus [by providing for our redemption].
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2 Corinthians 4:6-7 Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give us the Light of the knowledge of the glory and majesty of God [clearly revealed] in the face of Christ.
7 But we have this precious treasure [the good news about salvation] in [unworthy] earthen vessels [of human frailty], so that the grandeur and surpassing greatness of the power will be [shown to be] from God [His sufficiency] and not from ourselves.

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Luke 17:20-21 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
20 Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying, The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display, 21 Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you].
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Tweets:
The kingdom of heaven like treasure hid in a field=>God’s word hidden in hearts{good soil in field} bears good fruit-They know Christ & the kingdom of heaven=>Treasure in “jars of clay”! -2Cor 4:6-7;Mt 13
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Our Daily Bread @ourdailybread Jun 5 …
Through “the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus”, God offers us treasure beyond imagination.
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Matthew 13 Parables – Summary

June 5, 2019

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Matthew 13 Parables – Summary

  • To the crowd:
    • The parable of the sower and the seedMt 13:1-9
      *1 sower – 1 seed{God’s word} – 4 soils
    • Explanation of the sower and seed –Mt 13:10-23
      => only the good seed in the good soil represents those in the kingdom of heaven
    • The parable of the weeds{tares}Mt 13:24-30
      *The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field
      *2 sowers – 2 seeds – 1 field
      => wheat{good seed} and tares{bad seed} separated at harvest
    • The parable of the mustard seedMt 13:31-32
      *The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field
      =>kingdom heaven = good seed{1 seed} = mustard seed
      =>small mustard seed faith in gospel{Lk 17:5-6;Mt 17:20;Mk 1:15} grows into tree of life = eternal life{2 Peter 1:5-8;Rom 1:16-17;Pro 11:30;Jn 17:3}
    • The parable of the leavenMt 13:33
      *The kingdom of heaven is like leaven
      =>kingdom heaven = good seed{1 seed} = leaven
      =>small leaven transforms 3 measures of flour{wheat-good seed} into enough bread to feed 100 people!
      =>spiritual wisdom transforms wheat into true food = bread of life = tree of life = eternal life{Pro 3:18;Jn 6:35,54-55;Jn 17:3}
  • To the disciples:
    • Explanation of the parable of the weeds –Mt 13:36-43
      * Son of man sows good seed in field = children of the kingdom; Field=world{not church}; Weeds{tares} = bad seed = children of evil one sown by devil
      =>Harvest{separation} at end of age; Reapers are angels directed by Son of man
      => good seed = wheat = children of kingdom enter kingdom of heaven
      => bad seed = weeds{tares} = children of evil one enter hell
    • Parables on the Kingdom of Heaven:
      • The parable of the hidden treasure and the pearl  –Mt 13:44-46
        *The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field … Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls who found one of great price
        =>The treasure is similar to one pearl of great price, both are worth more than anything else possessed
        => Similar to rich young man {Mt 19:16-30;Mk 10:17-30;Lk18:18-30}
        *Here the treasure in heaven was eternal life
        => Both the treasure and the pearl are knowing Christ and eternal life {Jn 17:3;Mt 19:16,21,29;Pro 3:15,18;Col 2:2-3}
      • The parable of the drag net cast into the sea  –Mt 13:47-50
        *The kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, gathering fish of every kind
        => similar to sower  *seed{God’s word} scattered offered to all the field=world BUT only seed in good soil enter heaven; The dragnet = gospel/God’s word offered to all where it is cast = the sea{humanity Rev 17:15} BUT only the good fish – those who believe the gospel enter heaven; the bad – this who do not believe enter hell {Jn 3:16-18}
        => drag net cast into sea = judgement of humanity *none will escape {similar to separation of sheep & goats =>At the end of age the Son of man – the righteous judge{2Tim 4:8} directs the separation Mt 25:31-46}
      • The parable of the new and old treasure  –Mt 13:51-52
        *TBD
    • Jesus – prophet no honor in his own country because of unbelief –Mt 13:53-58
      =>unbelief prevents one from entering kingdom of heaven and eternal life {Jn 3:16-18}

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Pearl of Greatest Price

June 5, 2019

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Matthew 13:44-46 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Hidden Treasure
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a [very precious] treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid again; then in his joy he goes and sells all he has and buys that field [securing the treasure for himself].
A Costly Pearl
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 and upon finding a single pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

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Job 28:18 Amplified Bible (AMP)
18 “No mention of coral and crystal can be made;
For the possession of wisdom is even above [that of] rubies or pearls.

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Kingdom of heaven –Lk 17:21
Treasure hidden in a field –Mt 13:44
Pearl of greatest price –Mt 13:45-46;Job 28:18
A living sacrifice –1Pe 1:18-19;Heb 10:10
Nothing compares
To knowing Christ –Phil 3:8
Wisdom divine
A tree of life –Pro 3:15,18
Buried in each believers heart –Mt 6:21
Who hears and understands –Mt 13:23;Pro 11:30
Mysteries of the kingdom
Treasures hidden in Christ –Col 2:2-3
Revealed to those who in faith –Mt 6:33;Heb 11:6
Diligently seek –Mk 4:24-25
The treasure beyond compare –Pro 2:1-5
Knowing Christ –Jn 17:3
Eternal Life. –Mt 19:16,21,29
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John 6:47-48, 68 Amplified Bible (AMP)
47 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, he who believes [in Me as Savior—whoever adheres to, trusts in, relies on, and has faith in Me—already] has eternal life [that is, now possesses it]. 48 I am the Bread of Life [the Living Bread which gives and sustains life]. …
… 68 Simon Peter answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You [alone] have the words of eternal life [you are our only hope].

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Colossians 2:2-3 Amplified Bible (AMP)
2 [For my hope is] that their hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in [unselfish] love, so that they may have all the riches that come from the full assurance of understanding [the joy of salvation], resulting in a true [and more intimate] knowledge of the mystery of God, that is, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge [regarding the word and purposes of God].
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Mark 4:24-25 Amplified Bible (AMP)
24 Then He[Jesus] said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear. By your own standard of measurement [that is, to the extent that you study spiritual truth and apply godly wisdom] it will be measured to you [and you will be given even greater ability to respond]—and more will be given to you besides. 25 For whoever has [a teachable heart], to him more [understanding] will be given; and whoever does not have [a yearning for truth], even what he has will be taken away from him.”