Contrary to the teachings of the organized churches, the secrets of God are hidden from the masses that walk on the face of the earth. The mysteries of His plan and purpose and kingdom are concealed from the vast majority and revealed to only but a few that He has chosen. And God has hidden many of these secrets and mysteries in a handful of parables that the Great Teacher and our Savior Jesus (Yahshua) shared with us. The elect’s ears will perk up at this knowledge, but most will think it is all foolishness.
Referring to the multitudes that followed them, the disciples asked Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
And He replied, “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them [the masses] it is not given.” In essence He was saying, So I can freely speak and reveal those secrets to you whom I have chosen and the rest will not understand. They can hear the words, but it will not make any sense to them; they will not understand what I am saying. It is because their hearts are hardened through unbelief. I am revealing the secrets to you the elect first, thus enabling you to be the first fruits unto the Father. Then you will go and share with them those very secrets of My kingdom, and they will then respond. “To every thing there is season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Mt. 13: 10-15; Eccl. 3: 1).
The Parable of the Hid Treasure
One of those parables containing the secrets of God is The Treasure Hid in a Field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matt. 13: 44).
I had always thought that a Christian was the one searching for the treasure hidden in the field. We know that “the field” is “the world” from verse 38. So I had us Christians searching for the truth during our sojourn here on earth.
We, the children of God, are the treasure hidden in this old world. The treasure is the elect, us, the sons and daughters of God, whose identity is hidden in this world. We now have the Spirit; “we have this treasure in earthen vessels.” He refers to His chosen people as His “peculiar treasure.” “For the LORD (YAH, [H3050 in Strong’s] has chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure” (Psm. 135: 4). God promises the children of Jacob/Israel that if they obey His voice and keep His covenant, then they will be His “peculiar treasure unto me of all people” (Ex. 19: 5). Those that fear God are that special treasure, His “jewels” [same word in Hebrew] that He will spare, “as a man spares his own son that serves him” (Mal. 3: 17). Malachi speaks, of course, to the end time just before Christ returns to set up His kingdom, which all goes hand in hand with the parables.
And His people are hidden in this world. We have a new life in Christ where all the “old things are passed away.” We are now “dead and our life is hid with Christ in God” (Col. 3: 3). His children are His secret treasure in the world.
Christ is “the man” in the parable who finds us. We were lost, and now we have been found. Christ said, “I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the House of Israel”—sent to seek and save that which was lost. And He for now “hides us” spiritually for a season.
The “field” is the world. We “are in the world, but not of the world.”
We find in the parable of the tares and wheat, that the elect are in and among the tares (imposters), the children of the wicked one. Both are growing together at present. The tares, the counterfeit “people of God” look very much like the true children of God.
In this parable the man, Christ, when He finds the treasure (us), then He “sells all that He has.” 2,000 years ago here on earth He had glory and honor and prestige, striding the earth doing miracles. But He did not restore the Kingdom at that time. He gave up all earthly glory, and in fact, renounced it. He humbled Himself and suffered a brutal death so that He could “buy” the world, or save it. He redeemed us and saved the whole world, using His blood as payment. Now He wants us to “bear about in the (our) body” His dying. Now in us He “shows forth His death” by our self-denial. We, in turn, then “sell all that we have” in our petty natural earthly existence and, along with Him within us, buy the world.
[Kenneth Wayne Hancock, from a dream back in May 2008]