From Grit to Glory
Now, find Matthew chapter thirteen and I want us to look first of all in verses ten and eleven and then verse forty three. Matthew chapter thirteen, and verse ten. ''And the disciples came, and said unto him, why speakest thou unto them in parables? And he answered and said unto them because it is given unto to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. And now, begin reading if you please in verse forty five. ''Again the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man seeking goodly pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price went and sold all that he had and bought it.''
We've been talking, for many Sundays now about the strange mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. And what a blessing they've been to us because they've uncovered truths and revealed to us things that we need to know to live in these last days. Jesus called these truths the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven and the title for this series, the strange mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. And in this day of anarchy in the streets, in this day of apostasy in the church, in this day of apathy in the hearts and lives of many of God's children it is so good that we can come back and review what we call the strange mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, because it is really the mystery of history and God is telling us in spite of all of the outward appearances of failure that He is going to fulfill his plan, he is going to fulfill his purpose with Israel and with the church. And today we're dealing with this parable lie parable of the pearl of great price and the title of our message is FROM GRIT TO GLORY and you'll see why I've used such a strange title in just a moment. From Grit to Glory as we think about this parable of the pearl of great price.
Now, the story is relatively simple. Here's a merchant man, a merchant and he's on a journey and he has but one purpose, he's seeking fine pearls, goodly pearls. ...
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