Hidden Treasure

When we remember that “the kingdom of heaven” is another term for eternal life, and that eternal life is to know the only true God, and Jesus Christ His Son (John 17:3), we see why Jesus calls it a hidden treasure. It is hidden, because you can’t easily see the coming of God’s kingdom in this present age. People of Jesus’ day could discern its effects – healings, liberation from demons, transforming truth taught in public, and Jesus’ own spotless life. But few could forget their previous notion that the kingdom of God would come as political liberation and deliverance from poverty and oppression. Jesus told parables to teach that this kingdom was already at work, changing individuals who would then influence society (Matthew 13:31-33). With their minds set on the things that are seen, however, most folk were blind to the presence of the kingdom. The same is true today. We seek a job, a house, a car, better health, an attractive mate, a happy marriage, pleasures of all sorts, and political freedom. Deep inside, we really believe these things will make us happy. When God doesn’t provide what we want, we complain, as if He had not kept His promises. But Jesus’ parables were meant to direct our attention to the hidden presence of God in our time. In fact, having Jesus, we possess “every spiritual blessing” (Ephesians 1:3). Yes, the life of the believer is “hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). Only the eye of faith penetrates the fog of this world to perceive the value of knowing God and joyfully forsakes all to gain a relationship with Him through faith in Christ.