Message 31 - By Jerry D. Green

The Key to the Treasure


This was originally a half page Mini-Tract message, written in the interest of making a more compact tract. It has been edited for the web and is slightly longer than the original version. Our hope is that it will bless the reader with a greater spiritual understanding of the gospel. JDG


The Key to the Treasure

Imagine with me if you will, that you have a rich benefactor who has just given you a fortune in all manner of gold, silver, precious stones, and more money than you could possibly spend in your lifetime. Wouldn’t that be wonderful beyond your wildest fantasy? The only problem is that all this wealth is locked safely away in a treasure house and the only possible way to access it is that you have the key. Even though these treasures have been freely given to you and they are legally yours, without the key, you cannot access them. This little story is an allegory, much like that which God has provided for us spiritually. For in and through His Son Jesus Christ, God has prepared for all mankind, that which the carnal mind of man can by no means grasp. There is no possible way for the natural man to comprehend the glory of that which God has prepared for those who love Him (I Corinthians 2:9). Nevertheless, it’s right there waiting for those who will hear, and believe the true gospel message.

The first thing that must happen before a person can partake of God’s treasure, is to hear that there IS a treasure (hear the true gospel of Jesus Christ) which He (God) has prepared for US, BY and IN His Son. And having heard this good and wonderful news of that which has been prepared for us, we must then apply the key which unlocks this treasure. And the key is faith IN, the Lord, Jesus Christ, AND, the true gospel of Him (Hebrews 4:2).

Paul says the “…riches of Christ” are “…unsearchable…” (Ephesians 3:8), and that the rationality of man (the carnal mind) cannot comprehend the glory of this great treasure which God has provided for us, BY and IN His Son, Jesus Christ, and the glorious gospel of Him (Romans; 1:16; I Corinthians 2:9). There are many great treasures in God’s treasure house, every one of which were “…wrought (FOR US,) IN Christ, when He (God, the Father) raised Him (Jesus Christ) from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:20): The complete and finished work of Calvary. Our “old man of sin” (the sin nature) WAS and IS “…crucified WITH Him…” (Romans 6:6; “…wrought IN Christ…”). Our “old man of sin” WAS and IS “…buried WITH Him…” (Romans 6:3-4; “…wrought IN Christ…”), and IN His resurrection, we all were and are, “…begotten, (born) …again (or anew) unto a lively hope (The confident expectation of everlasting, abundant LIFE; NOT just eternal existence.) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (I Peter 1:3). Yes, we were and are “…Raised… together (with Him, “…in newness of life…” [Romans 6:4]; “…wrought IN Christ…”), and (we all, in His ascension, were and are) made …” to “…sit together in heavenly places IN Christ Jesus” (restored to fellowship with God; “…wrought IN Christ…”; Ephesians 2:6). Everyone of these were and are, “…wrought IN Christ…” FOR each and every individual who has ever been, or ever will be born on this planet. But even though all of these are a complete, finished work, they are only effectual to those who use the key (We must believe the gospel [the good news] of this which God has “…wrought [for us] IN Christ”). “For (Paul says that) unto us (the Jew of his day) was THE GOSPEL preached, as well as unto them (their forefathers who came out of Egypt): but the word preached (unto their forefathers) did NOT PROFIT THEM, NOT being MIXED WITH FAITH in them that heard it” (Hebrews 4:2). Neither will “…the gospel…” message profit us today (work its work of righteousness within us) if we do not hear IT and believe IT FROM the heart. Only then, can or will it profit US.

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul attempts to reveal some of the “…unsearchable riches of Christ.” He proceeds to tell them that, Since I heard of your “…FAITH in the Lord Jesus, and (your) love unto all saints, (I) Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of WISDOM and REVELATION in THE KNOWLEDGE of… (Jesus Christ and His gospel; Please read message 29.): The eyes of your (spiritual) understanding (your heart) being enlightened; that… (you) …may KNOW what IS the hope of… (God’s) …calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints (the children of God, IS), And what IS the exceeding greatness of… (God’s) …POWER TO USWARD (toward or to us) WHO BELIEVE (‘…the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation…’; Ephesians 1:13; Romans 1:16), according to the working of… (God’s) …mighty power, Which He WROUGHT IN CHRIST, when HE RAISED Him from the dead, and set Him at His (God’s) own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all (of those) things (which he has just mentioned) under His (Christ’s) feet, and gave Him (Christ) to be the head (the administrator) over all (of those) things (he has just mentioned,) to the church, Which is His body, the fulness of Him (Jesus Christ) that filleth all in all” (Ephesians 1:15-23).

In II Corinthians 12:1-7, Paul speaks of the abundance of revelations which God had given him in visions. “How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard UNSPEAKABLE WORDS, which… is not LAWFUL for a man to utter.” I often wondered why God would not allow Paul to share those “…unspeakable words…” with us, not understanding at the time that Paul had spent the rest of his life preaching and teaching those inexpressible things which he had heard, with all his might. He did this in the face of terrible persecution by those who held to the religious laws of man (In his case, the law [or laws] of Moses; These were the ones who the preaching of the true gospel of Jesus Christ was unlawful to). Yet, in the face of continuous persecution, he prayed that utterance be given him, that he might be able to convey the glory of that gospel (that good news) which had been revealed both unto and in him (Galatians 1:11-17).

If a person can ever hear and see the glorious riches in God’s treasure house, that person will never again be satisfied with the status quo of their life and/or experience. For whether they have been enslaved by sin, religion, or both, they will gladly sell all and “…count it but dung…, that they may win Christ, God’s great treasure house, and all of the riches thereof. And all that a person must do to partake of the riches of God’s treasure house is to repent (hate sin and its wages, death), desire righteousness (the riches of Christ, which is life), hear the glorious gospel (the good news of those riches), and (use the key) believe it from the heart. Amen!

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