Prophetic Witness - July 2013

Prophetic Witness - July 2013The Parable Of The
Pearl Of Great Price

Martin Oliver

WHO OR WHAT IS THE PEARL?

The parables of the treasure in the field (See previous article) and the pearl of great price are two aspects of the work of the cross. Pearls are highly valued, though not apparently by the Jews. As we showed in the last article, Jesus in His first advent came for His treasure, 'the lost sheep of the house of Israel,' (See Matthew 15:24). But He also came for 'other sheep have I, which are not of this fold,' (See John 10: 16). It is a commonly held view that the pearl represents Christ and that to win Christ, we must purchase Him with a great price. Surely it is the other way round. He has purchased us at the cost of His precious blood shed on the cross of Calvary. What can we possibly have that would enable us to buy Christ? However, others believe that the pearl represents the Church and that it is Christ who has paid the supreme price of His blood to buy her, (See 1 Corinthians 6:20). The merchant must surely be Christ who went looking for pearls and found one of great value. Ever since Pentecost, He has been looking for His Church, which is precious to Him, (See 1 Peter 2:4). 1 Peter 2:7, reminds us that just as Christ is precious to God, so the Church is precious to Him. The literal translation of 1 Peter 2:7 is 'to you who believe is the preciousness.'

 

 

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In this edition of Prophetic Witness
  • Powerpoint - Alfred Knights
  • The Parable of The Pearl of Great Price
  • In Touch
  • The New Anti-Semitism
  • From Our Israel Desk
  • Israel and the Messianic Kingdom
  • I Believe in the Holy Ghost
  • Statement Of Belief
  • Signs Of The Times
  • And Now For The Good News
  • Governments - Blown Off Course
  • Echoes of the Past
  • What In The World Is Happening?
  • What's On