Bible Truth Restored

Bible Truth Restored

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.           1 Peter 4:11

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“To be loved” of the Lord is worth far more than all the money in the world. It was Jesus himself who said, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for a man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.” And he followed this up by telling the story of the rich man who had everything, yet had nothing, because he was “not rich toward God.” The wisdom of God in the Proverbs emphasizes the same truth many times. The knowledge of God, we are told, is true riches, and it alone is worth striving for:

“Yea, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasure; then you shall understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God (2:3-5).

Again we hear echoes of these words in the teaching of Jesus, who spoke of “treasure hid in a field” for which a man went and sold all that he had to possess it. We notice here that wisdom has to be sought for “as hid treasure.” It is not found by the casual or the indifferent. It is a case of “agonizing” to enter in at the straight gate, for that is the word translated “strive” in Luke 13:24. Many will “seek” to enter in but “shall not be able,” because it is not found just by a casual looking; it requires diligent searching, as if you were desperately digging for nuggets of gold.

“And when it has been acquired,” says the wise man, “wisdom bestows more true wealth than money can buy.” How different from the story of those winners of large fortunes! The riches of God are spiritual, and immeasurably more satisfying than earthly riches. Surely this is what Jesus meant when he declared that every one who gave up anything in this world for his sake would receive “a hundred fold more in this life, and also in the world to come eternal life.”

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