Matt 13:44                         The Treasure in The Field                            11/25/2007    ßà

 

 

 

 

 #1.      The Treasure Is Hid in The Field (Matt 13:38,44, Heb 3:19, Phil 2:15, Ex 19:4)     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 #2.      Having Found it, He Hides it Again (Matt 13:44, Col 1:12, 25-26)               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 #3.      The Price He Paid (Matt 13:44, Acts 3:18, Lu 18:34, Heb 12:2, Col 1:16, Phil 2:5-8)

 

 

 

 

·        He Bought that Whole Field With Everything in it (2Pet 2:1, Lev 17:11, Col 1:18-23)       

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 13:44 (2X). We have been going systematically through the Gospel of Matthew, one chapter a week, until we arrived at chapter 13. At this point I decided to cover all the eight parables of chapter 13, for these contain important principles of the Gospel of salvation. Today we have arrived at the fifth parable, which is the parable of the treasure in a field. Therefore the title of this sermon is “The Treasure in The Field” (2X). The Lord begins this parable with the usual formula:

We need to understand up front that the kingdom where Christ is King is in the souls of men who have become saved. This is the kingdom that we have in focus when we are studying this parable. Therefore, this parable is about salvation, for Lord Jesus is speaking here about the nature of this kingdom, and how this kingdom comes into existence. We read in Matt 13:44,

Matt 13:44  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

That is all we have.  The whole parable is one verse. And so, we can sense immediately that the most important question in this parable is: Who is this man representing? Could this be representing a man who in the process of becoming saved finds the Gospel of salvation in the Bible? And thus the treasure would be the Gospel and the field would be the Scriptures? And could it be that this man is then willing to give up everything he has for obtaining a true knowledge of the Gospel? Now this sounds so nice, and so lovely. But I wonder then, where is the offense of the Gospel? And if this is the right interpretation, it would mean that this man has a total commitment to the obedience of the Gospel. It would mean then that anyone having less than 100% commitment would not qualify for salvation. Who then can be saved, for we are not capable to serve the Lord our God with all our heart and soul, and mind, and strength, 100%? Moreover, then salvation would become dependent upon the degree of sincerity of our work, for commitment is work. And so, it is not possible that the man in this parable would be a normal human being, for then we will have a salvation plan that is a mixture of grace and work. We realize then that this is an interpretation that is pulled out of thin air. Besides, if this parable means that the hidden treasure is salvation, and that the Kingdom of Heaven demands a total commitment from those who find salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ, then this parable should have been told to the multitude. I do not deny that Christ demands from us a total commitment, but that is not what is in view in this parable. Several times did the Lord Jesus say that we need to take up our cross and follow Him, but He always said this to the multitude. And where was Jesus when He told this parable? He was in the house. We read in Matt 13:36 that the Lord Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house with the disciples. Then He told them in private this fifth parable. And so you see the reason why it is not told to the multitude, but to the disciples only, is because the focus of the parable is not on us.  We cannot buy that field. You realize that this treasure that is hid in this field refers to a spiritual treasure, not a physical treasure. We cannot buy a treasure that brings us into the Kingdom of Heaven.  We cannot buy our salvation! Bankrupt sinners have nothing to sell or to buy. The Bible clearly says that all mankind are bankrupt sinners, for we read in Rom 3:10-12,

Ro 3:10-12  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:    There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.       They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

And so, how could we buy such a spiritual treasure?  We cannot!  We are bankrupt sinners!  You see, the focus of this parable is not on us, but it is entirely on the Lord Jesus Christ, and on Him buying that field.  He is that Man who found this treasure.  And that treasure is a spiritual treasure.  But, when we say He is the Man that found that treasure, it takes a little bit of explaining, because the Lord Jesus Christ is God Himself!  He does not go around poking in a field here and there, and then say:  AHA! I found a treasure!  That is not how He finds the treasure.  He is Almighty God!  He knows the end from the beginning!  There are no surprises for Him!  So, when we read this, and when we apply this parable to the Lord Jesus Christ we find harmony. Let us read it again, Matt 13:44,

Matt 13:44  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like (the kingdom of heaven is the spiritual kingdom where the Lord Jesus Christ is King: it is His territory) is like unto a treasure hid in the field; (and watch the verbs now; this treasure is hidden, in the field) the which when a man hath found (that man is Christ as God the Son, He has found this for His own glory) He hideth (it), and for joy thereof goeth (He goes away) and selleth all that He hath, and buyeth that field. 

What is the Lord Jesus doing? He first hides the treasure, then He goes. Where does He go? He was in Heaven to begin with. He goes, out of Heaven, and comes to earth. And, in doing that, He has to sell all that He has. And when He comes to earth, and humbles Himself as a servant, then He buyeth that field. He has to buy back the field that was lost.  Let us see how we can understand this parable:

 #1.      The Treasure Is Hid in The Field   (Matt 13:38,44, Heb 3:19, Phil 2:15, Ex 19:4)

First of all, the Greek text of Matt 13:44 does not say “in a field”, but it says “in the field”. In other words, there is a particular field that is called “The Field”. There is no other field that could qualify for the field of this parable. There is only one! What is that field? We have to look in the Bible to find that one field. In Matthew 13:38, the Lord Jesus says: The field is the world! But there is a treasure in that field. What is that “treasure”? The field is visible to everyone, (the world is visible to everyone) but the treasure is invisible, it is hidden in that field. The treasure consists of people; no, not everyone in the whole world, but only those who ultimately end up in Heaven. Paraphrased, Jesus said, “there are many who are on this broad way that leads to Hell, and there are few who are on this narrow way that leads to heaven. These few are His “eternal treasure”. They are the reason why He bought this field (the world). As you know, in the OT, God gave us a similar picture of “this field and the treasure”. It was the kingdom of Israel and the Israel of God. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Exodus, Ex 19:4 (2X).  There the nation of Israel, which God redeemed out of Egypt, was wandering in the wilderness.  This nation eventually became the glorious kingdom of Israel under David and Solomon. This kingdom of Israel is comparable to “the field” which is externally visible here in this parable in Matthew 13.  But not everyone in the nation of Israel, or in the kingdom of Israel, was a child of God; in fact only a few.  Of course Moses was a child of God, and so were Joshua and Caleb, and Bezaleel and Aholiab. But most of the nation of Israel in the wilderness died in unbelief: They died unsaved!  And that is a surprise to many people who do not read the Bible. But most of these children of Israel died in unbelief. God says so in Heb 3:19.  But if we look at this external kingdom of Israel, we can see the Israel of God the way that God sees it. For example, David was a child of God, and so was Uriah the Hittite (whom David killed), and Samuel the Prophet, and Nathan the Prophet, and many other Prophets, but most of the people in the kingdom of Israel remained unsaved. They worshipped other gods; because as soon as David died, they flocked to these other gods, whom they began to worship. That is a warning to the church today. The people in those days were not crazy.  Those people were just like people today. They thought that they were going to heaven because they were born into the kingdom of God, or because they were circumcised, and they did all the right things, and so on.  That is how the church today argues that all the people in the external church are going to Heaven. But this is a warning. God gave us this parable of the field and the treasure hidden in it.  And He is giving us the analogy of the kingdom of Israel and the core in that kingdom that is called the Israel of God. The kingdom of Israel was the “external” Israel; it was not the “eternal” Israel.  But those who were truly children of God, who were truly serving God and were worshipping Jehovah God, they alone were His eternal treasure, the invisible treasure. The NT has another name for this group of people: They are called “The Israel of God” because God drew them out of the mass of wicked mankind to belong to His Son, who is also named Israel. And God drew them out of the midst of a crooked and perverse generation. God says in Phil 2:15 that He drew us out of “a crooked and perverse nation”. Here, in Ex 19:4 (2X) God says, “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself”. God says, “I brought you out”. Just like God drew them out of Egypt, as a picture of redemption, even so God draws out everyone, who becomes saved throughout time who ends up to be a child of God.  It is God who is 100% responsible for drawing us to Christ. Moreover, God calls us:

In 1Pet 2:9 God says that we are His “peculiar people”, which actually means that we are His special purchased possession. Listen to what God says in Ex 19:5-6 of those who are truly saved:

Ex 19:5  Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people:  for all the earth is mine:

Ex 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and an holy nation. These are the words which

thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.                  (We recognize here the words of 1Pet 2:9.)

They are God’s peculiar treasure in the field. And we are God’s peculiar treasure in this world. And as He sets us apart He draws us out at a great cost to Himself! Of course, God did not find us accidentally, not by poking in the field. God drew us out of this miserable mess of mankind because, in the first place, He wanted to draw us out as His peculiar treasure. If we look at the nation of Israel we see that when God drew them out, He says to His children, (not to the whole nation but to the ones who belong to Him), that they are His peculiar treasure. What did God do?  Did He put His peculiar treasure on display for all the world to see?  No, not at all. This Treasure remained hidden from most of the rest of the world. Throughout time God has hidden the true believers, the saints, from the rest of the world. And even in the church, He has hidden the saints.  We cannot look at each other’s face and really be sure that the other person is saved. We only see the “external” church, but we cannot see the “eternal” church. It is only God who can. The saints are here, in the church, doing their work as instruments of God the Holy Spirit, doing that which is pleasing in His sight. But the saints are not totally invisible. They are only invisible to the unsaved. God says to US:  “If you are My own peculiar treasure, what are you doing to show that you belong to Me?  I have saved you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage!  I have saved you from sin and Satan!  But, I have not yet taken you out of the “field”, which is the world.  I have left you in here like “a kernel of wheat”.  Now, get busy because, by My might and power, I want you to be My ambassadors, to spread this Gospel into the world.  By My might and power, you are going to be successful in everything you do”.  How would you like a boss like that?  Is that not wonderful!  But that is what God says!  He says, “Get busy, to spread this Gospel in the world, and I am going to work through you and accomplish My goal”. So, we are hidden only in the sense of the salvation of our soul, but we are not hidden as far as spreading the Gospel goes. We are the treasure, but the treasure has been discovered. God says, “You are not dormant anymore, you are discovered, and the Man, who is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, knows where the treasure is”.  He knows everything about US; He knows our going out and our coming in.  Now, let us get back to the parable in Matthew 13, and there we read that:

 #2.      Having Found it, He Hides it Again (Matt 13:44, Col 1:12, 25-26)   

Mt 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in the field; the which (when) a man having found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.           

In other words, the treasure remained hidden until He has purchased the field. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Colossians, Col 1:25 (2X). Here the apostle speaks of the mystery of the Gospel that has now been revealed. First Paul speaks of him being made a minister of the Church, according to God’s plan, for the purpose of bringing the Gospel to the Gentiles.  He says in Col 1:25,

Col 1:25-26  Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God;                 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and

from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

And so, we understand that God spoke in parables all along. He did so in the OT, and the Lord Jesus spoke in parables, and now the apostle Paul says that he understands those dark sayings of old. He says at the end of verse 25, “To fulfill the Word of God, the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations”. Now, what is that “mystery”? The “mystery” is the Gospel in the Word of God. And since the “mystery” refers to the Gospel, the Word of God refers to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Christ is the incarnate Word.  He has been hidden for many generations, throughout the centuries.  And what else was hidden? The Gospel, the Good News!  The Gospel was known only to very few people in the Old Testament. The “mystery” is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The “mystery” is the Good News that there is a way out of this mess that mankind has fallen into, and that way out is through the cross of Christ. What was hidden to most people was that they were on a slippery slide into Hell, because they were in bondage to sin and Satan. What was hidden was that Christ had to come to save them from their sins, and save them from the Law, and save them from Hell. And at the end of Col 1:26, Paul says:  “but now is made manifest to his saints”. Now Christ has come, and has performed what He came to do, and this has been revealed by God the Holy Spirit to His Saints.

What was the treasure that the Man found in the parable of Matt 13:44? His treasure is the body of saints, the body of believers, the temple of God, the eternal church.  And what is the treasure of the saints? We inherit the Lord Jesus Christ! We inherit God Himself! That is what the Bible says. We inherit everything that God has! Is that not something to be thankful for? Listen to what God says in Col 1:12, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light”. Now, these words “made us meet” mean that “He makes us qualified”. We give thanks to the Father for making us qualified to be co-inheritors with all the saints. The next verse explains it: He qualified us by delivering us out of the kingdom of Satan and translating us into the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, how could God do that? By waving His hand? Sure, God could not do this by waving His hand! He is a righteous God, and He must do what He has promised. We first have to be made clean, for all of our sins are stuck on us like leprous sores. That is how the Bible describes our sins, like leprous sores, oozing puss. And these sins we acquire by rolling in the filth of this world. Even though God has promised, “The wages of sin is death”, and even though God has promised, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die”, people ignore God and we liked our sins too much. In no way are we to going to change our way. Only one way will change us, and that is if the Lord Jesus Christ has mercy on us, and He changes us. But He first needs to pay the ransom to take us out of the dark domain of Satan, and clean off all our sins and make us partakers of the inheritors of the saints in light. Let us now continue in Col 1:27. Here is that treasure. Col 1:27, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”. Let us now apply this to ourselves. Have we found “the riches of the glory of this mystery” in our heart?  Has Christ become number one in our life? Do we find an ongoing desire now to live our life as God wants it? Do we find that God has changed us? For the Bible says, “He has taken the stony heart out of your flesh and given you a heart of flesh”. You see, that really has to occur. Only then can we say: “Christ in me, the Hope of Glory”; the hope is that I will be with Him in Glory when He comes again.  When we belong to the treasure of the Lord Jesus Christ, we do not remain in hiding. We become like the apostle Paul; we become fervent witnesses and we don’t want to hide this Gospel of free grace. And so we read in Col 1:28-29,

Col 1:28  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Col 1:29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

You see, the warning must go out; the warning that Christ will come again as the Judge. And who is giving that warning? Well, do not wait for the radio. We have to give that warning! Christ calls US to be His witnesses. Christ calls US to represent Him and teach every man. But what are we to teach? We are to teach that we must not worship another Jesus, only the Jesus from the Bible. And do we see who is really doing the teaching? The Bible says it is Him working “in” us and “through” us. So that ultimately, “It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” (Phil 2:13) But we might worry and say, “What about my past sins? People remember my past sins, and so I cannot be a good witness to them.” God’s answer is: Fear no man, “Your life is hid with Christ in God”. Here is the hiding of the treasure again that we saw in the parable. We read in Col 3:3,

   Col 3:3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 

There we have the whole Gospel in one brief sentence. It is the same Greek word for “hid” as in the parable. Our God is a merciful God. Not only is Christ our stand in, our substitute, taking our penalty that the Law requires for all our sins, but now we also are dead, for we died with Christ, and the life we live is Christ living in us. That is how much we are united with Christ! What a great condescension of Almighty God, to unite Himself to the creature called man. And we are lower than the angels. We are just the worms of the earth. What an incredible condescension of God. So, go and witness to other people. If we fail in their eyes, so be it. But, in God’s sight we are perfect. We are saved by grace, not by the perfection of our works! God says in Rom 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus”. And so, there is no more judgment.  Now that is Good News that is hidden even today. There are many other gospels which claim that we must still be judged for every idle word we have said, and that we all are going to give account thereof before the Judgment seat of Christ, and then we shall receive rewards for the good things we have done while here on earth, and so on, and so on. Don’t believe a word of it. There is not anything good that we have done. Those people have perverted the Gospel of free grace. They do not understand the infinite price that the Lord Jesus Christ paid, and they do not understand the infinite value of life eternal that each one of His saints shall receive. Let us now consider the last half of the parable.

#3.       The Price He Paid (Matt 13:44, Acts 3:18, Lu 18:34, Heb 12:2, Col 1:16, Phil 2:5-8)

Mt 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in the field; the which (when) a man having found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.           

The price that He paid was the atoning work of Christ. Atonement means covering for sin. It means that the Lord Jesus Christ had to suffer in my place and make the payment that the Law of God required for all my sins, and in this way all my sins were covered, or atoned for. In addition He also had to suffer for all the other people He came to save.  And, once those sins have been paid for, they are never going to be paid for again. But what the Lord Jesus had to suffer, that was hidden from the foundation of the world. Not only was the Treasure hidden in the field, not only was it hidden again until the field was paid for, but the price of the payment was also hidden, even to the disciples.  We can see this in Acts 3:18, where we read, “But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled”. Not only was it hidden for most people of the Old Testament; it was hidden until Christ actually paid it. The Lord Jesus Christ clearly told His Disciples on three different occasions that He was going to be crucified, and buried and would rise again from the grave, and they did not understand at all what He was talking about. We read in Luke 18:34, “And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken”. Only after His crucifixion and resurrection had taken place, then they remembered that He said this. And then we read in the parable: “For the joy thereof”. Joy. That is a big word. Do we have joy that the Lord Jesus has saved us? Is that important?  Of course that is important!  We must be grateful that He has saved us, and we look forward to what is coming! Let me quote to you from Heb 12:2, and this is the same Greek word for “joy” that we find in the parable of Matt 13:44, We read in Heb 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”. That is an incredible love that He has for us. And what was this joy that the Lord Jesus had? The Lord Jesus looked forward, with great joy, to the moment that He was going to be united with us. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Colossians, Col 1:16 (2X). From the human perspective I cannot imagine such a great love that God has for us, that He was willing to do everything that was necessary to acquire us as the Bride of Christ, at such a great cost. It cost Him everything, even His life. God the Son, when He was in heaven, was already in perfect glory. He did not need us. He was already perfect in power and in majesty. He could have left us in our sins, which we voluntarily committed. We read, in Col 1:16,

Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created

by him, and for him.

And what does the parable say? God the Son left His throne in heaven.  He gave up everything He had, and all the glory He had, and He came down to this sin cursed earth as a helpless human being. And so, His incarnation in the womb of the Virgin Mary is in view there. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Philippians, Phil 2:5 (2X). The Lord Jesus Christ left heaven and came down to earth as a helpless human being. But that was not all that He had to give up. He also had to give up His life, and more than His life, to buy the field. Let me read to you from Phil 2:5-8,

Php 2:5-8, Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:      Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:       But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:      And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

God the Son changed His constitution for our sake. He took on a human body, He became a man.  He became obedient to the Law of God. He lived a perfect life, and He became obedient to the Law so that He would qualify to be our sinless substitute. He became obedient unto death, which is the second death. Is this how He had to die? What does the parable say? He bought the whole field.

·        He Bought that Whole Field With Everything in it (2Pet 2:1, Lev 17:11, Col 1:18-23)          

But if Christ bought the whole world, did He then also redeem the whole world? No! We need to have a good understanding of the words “to buy” and “to redeem”. We begin with the Greek word “Agora”, which means the market place. Next we want to understand the word “Agorazo”, which means to buy or sell at the market place, or simply “to buy”. This is the word that is used in the parable of Matt 13:44. But “Agorazo” does not mean “to redeem”. Next we want to look at the word “Exagorazo”, which means to buy a slave out of the market place and set him free. That is the word that means “to redeem”, and this word appears in the Bible only four times. When we read that Christ has redeemed us He has paid for all our sins and sets us free. These differences between “Agorazo” and “Exagorazo” are not always consistently translated in the KJ Bible. And thus if we want a good understanding of the verses using these words we must check up on the translators. For example, many people are confused by the words of 2Pet 2:1, where we read,

2Pe 2:1  But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them.

These false prophets and false teachers were bought (Agorazo), because Christ bought the entire church lock stock and barrel, and made the church the outward manifestation of the kingdom of God. But not everyone in the church is redeemed, and certainly false prophets and false teachers are not redeemed. But they belong to the church, and have to answer to Christ for their deceptions.

Please turn again to the Epistle to the Colossians, Col 1:18 (2X). We find in this Epistle to the Colossians much information about how Christ bought the world, and how He redeemed us. And when we read about the blood of Christ we need to remember that God said in Lev 17:11, “The life is in the blood”. Therefore, the blood is the outward evidence that atonement has been made. We read

Col 1:18-20, And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;     And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

When and how did He buy that field?  Verse 20 says “through the blood of His cross”. In other words, when the Lord Jesus Christ died on the Cross, not only did He pay for our sins and bought us out of the slave market of sin and Satan, not only did He buy the church lock stock and barrel, (the church as an organism), but, He also bought the world. He purchased the whole world. Then He has the right to do with this world what He wants. And you know what He is going to do with this world, with this sin cursed earth. He is going to cleanse out of it all that defiles God and His creation, and He will create, in its place, a NH&NE where only righteousness dwells. 

Let us now meditate on the parable of Matt 13:44, and let this news sink in that Christ left the glories of heaven and purchased the world, so that He could have us as His peculiar treasure. When we hear this Gospel, what is our response? Do we keep all this information secret? Do we keep all this insight to ourselves? Let us read what God expects our response to be in Col 1:21-23,

Col 1:21-23  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled           In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:         If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

Was Paul the only one who was called to this ministry? Are we not also called to tell the world about this wonderful Gospel! You see, when the parable of the treasure in the field says that Christ bought that field; He also bought you and me.  He owns us.  We are His servants.  Are we living like servants of Christ?  Now, think about that for a moment.  When we schedule the Sunday service into the schedule of our life, we are giving Christ a little corner of our life.  Is that what we are supposed to do? Is that what is befitting saints?  Of course, the answer is no!  Should we not rather schedule our life around the worship of Christ, so that He is number one, so that He is the King of our life? And is that not more befitting of saints? And I am not saying that this is a requirement for our salvation, but this is an outflow of our salvation, this is a result of our salvation. When God has saved us He also implants in us a fervent desire to do those things that are pleasing in His sight; not just on Sunday, but on every day of the week. The question then I have for each one of us is this: Do we find in our life the presence of this fervent desire? And what is the evidence of it? Pray that we may honestly examine ourselves about this question.                 AMEN.            Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.