Living by Grace

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New Treasures as Well as Old


Jesus said to them, “Have you understood all these things?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”  Matthew 13:51-52


This statement of Jesus is at the end of a long series of parables. By the word “treasure,” Jesus is surely speaking of treasures of spiritual truths. Because all of God’s children should have treasures of spiritual truth, we can assume that each one of us is to bring from our storehouse of treasures things new and old.


Because the message of salvation has been taught so often and over a period of centuries, we can think of it as an old tresure we hold in our hearts.


Unfortunately, some Christians seem to think that if they just know how to be saved that is all the treasure of truth they need. However, it is the plan of God for His children to always be adding new truths from Scripture to their tresures of truth.  


 The sad thing for those of us who are teaching this “new”—2000 years old—treasure of the life of grace with a response of rejection. This, though, may not be a waste of time. A seminary student shared this “new” message with a fellow student from South Africa who did not appreciate it. However, several years later, the student received a call from the South African student who wanted to talk about the message.


 On the other hand, there are those God has already prepared to receive this “new”—two thousand years old—message. On these occasions, the one hearing the message will soon sexperience dramatic changes in his life.


It is a joy to share from our truth treasures things old and new.