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  1. Matthew 13:44 - Eschatological Parables

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    Matthew 13:44 "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

    Do you see this as the man buying the field as "Christ/God" or as "you."
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    "Man fell, standing by himself; but the Godhead now stably supports him, and leads him by God to God. And because of this union with an infinite essence, the actions and passions of the manhood so united are of an infinite value. They are able to satisfy for an infinite number of sinners and sins. They are able to satisfy an infinite justice, and procure an infinite love." ​Francis Rous, The Art of Happiness

    "When God is served in holiness, then shall he be enjoyed in happiness." Francis Rous, The Art of Happiness

    “I desire that we consider the increase of Arminianism and Error that makes the grace of God look after the will of men. [It] makes the sheep to keep the shepherd, and makes a mortal seed an immortal God. I desire that we may look into the belly and bowels of this Trojan Horse to see if there is any man in it, ready to open the gate of Romish tyranny, and Spanish monarchy. For Arminianism is the span of a papist, and if there comes the warmth of favor, you shall see him turn into one of those frogs that arise out of the bottomless pit. And if you mark it well, you shall see an Arminian reaching one hand to a papist, a papist to a Jesuit, a Jesuit to the Pope, and the other to the King of Spain. And these men having kindled fire in our neighbor-countries, now they brought some of it over here, to set on flame this kingdom also. Yes, let us consider and search whether these are not the men that break in on the goods, and liberties of the Commonwealth. For by this means they may make way for the taking away of our Religion, (A Religious and Worthy Speech Spoken by Mr. Francis Rous in Parliament (London, 1641)).

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    Me.

    I see this treasure as something that I invest my life into. I need to be willing to sell all that I have for it. That is, whatever is of this world I should be willing to sacrifice for the next world, for it will not go with me to the next world. This is not just material things, but also goes into my inner being; namely, my desires, my intellect, my aspirations and ambitions, and even the things I believe in.

    Probably the word that makes me think it's myself rather than God is the word "found." It gives me the idea of stumbling onto something of great value.
    JohnV

    John Vandervliet
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    The kingdom of God is like:

    A net, a man, a mustard seed, leaven, a treasure, a merchant man, a certain king, a householder, ten virgins, a man traveling.......
    Scott Bushey
    Husband to Tina, father to Nicole, Danielle and Zoe





    Matt 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

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    Quick question, is this speaking of enter the kingdom through law or Gospel?, I have a theory that it might be the same truth that he shared with the rich young ruler Matt 19:16-26, although I haven't finished studying it yet. any thoughts??

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    [quote:03d7649ada="VanVos"]Quick question, is this speaking of enter the kingdom through law or Gospel[/quote:03d7649ada]
    I don't think the parable is that specific. The point is that the kingdom is so valuable that the wise man does everything he can do in order to gain that kingdom.
    John Stevenson
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    Ordained Teaching Elder with St Andrews PCA, Hollywood, FL

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    Jonathan,
    Men have never entered the kingdom through the law........
    Scott Bushey
    Husband to Tina, father to Nicole, Danielle and Zoe





    Matt 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

    Seminary attempt @ The North American Reformed Seminary

    Attending Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church


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    [quote:a2556e5206="Scott Bushey"]Jonathan,
    Men have never entered the kingdom through the law........[/quote:a2556e5206]

    Did you honestly think that I was suggesting that, surely that would make me the biggest heretic on this board if was to believe that. Although I think that I could have explainned myself a little better, sorry about that.

    I believe that this parable could be speaking of christian obeying the law as a result of regeneration as a doer of the Word James 1:22

    Or Could this be the Cov of works way of entering the kingdom, and Christ fulfills it on our behalf, like the sermon on the Mount.

    Trust me when I say this, salvation is 100% of God, regardless of how one might interpret this parable. Sola Gratia.

    VanVos
    Rev Jonathan James Goundry
    *Calvinist @ Heart
    Missionary with International Christian Institute www.iciministry.org
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    Jonathan,
    My question was sort of tongue in cheek. I knew you didn't mean that literally.
    Scott Bushey
    Husband to Tina, father to Nicole, Danielle and Zoe





    Matt 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

    Seminary attempt @ The North American Reformed Seminary

    Attending Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church


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    Yeah I guess I deserved that some-what. I should have explained myself more.

    VanVos

    P.S. Let's pray that we don't have to evacuate this weekend
    Rev Jonathan James Goundry
    *Calvinist @ Heart
    Missionary with International Christian Institute www.iciministry.org
    www.fide-o.com
    www.vanvos.blogspot.com
    www.unchainedradio.com

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    ***Do you see this as the man buying the field as "Christ/God" or as "you."***

    I see Him as Christ.He "emptied" Himself to establish His kingdom.
    andreas.
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