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Explain Parable Of The Pearl

Please explain the parable of the pearl in Matthew 13:45,46. What is the pearl? Who is the merchant?

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The parables interpret themselves. These parables concern the visible kingdom, not church. Parable: 1, subjects of this kingdom. 2, how they came to be. 3 the abberant growth. 4, pervasion of false doctrines within. 5, origin and scattering of the first kingdom subjects among men...Abraham's seed in Egypt unto A.D.70. 6, to the spread of this kingdom among gentiles unto the time of Christ's 2nd coming. (This is called Christendom.) And then this kingdom reaches its final stage with 7,the purification of those false subjects. It is great error to interpret the sower, the man, or the merchant as being anyone other than Christ. It is also inconsistent to interpret the parables in such a way as to make the kingdom and the church synonymous.
---Craig on 1/22/10

Explaining Pearl of Great Price.

Jesus Christ is The Pearl of Great Price.
Asking Him to come into your life and giving up everything you are for everything He wants you to accomplish for His Kingdoms sake is what the parable is about.

God comes to earth in the form of man. God the Father gives His Greatest gift as a sacrifice and all He has for us to be His bride to be joint heirs with Christ, which is also another Pearl of Great Price.

There are two parables in one here.

One is God giving all He has to be with us and us giving up our selfish lives in His service to be with Him This is what a covenant relationship is all about.
---Carl_Berard on 5/18/09

Ryan.Let me explain it further.The Parables of the hidden treasure and the peral teach two truths: 1). The kingdom is a priceless treasure that is to be desired above all else. 2) The kingdom is to be acquired by giving up everything that would prevent our being part of it.

Selling all means that we must transfer our whole heart from other interests to the one supreme interest, Christ (Rom 12:1).
---Ramon on 9/5/08

There are two interpretations of this parable. Both could be equally true.

1. Christ is the priceless pearl (or treasure hidden in a field) that believers give up all to obtain.

2. WE (the Church) are the priceless pearl, the hidden treasure, that Christ gave up His heavenly glory in the Incarnation to seek and find.
---Jack on 11/18/07

The merchant man is the seeker of the truth of God. The Pearl of Great price is the Word of God.
---jana on 9/16/06

The BEST book on parables is R. C. Trench's "Notes On The Parables Of Our Lord"

See if you can get it in paperback.

He outlines the hermenuticsl interpertation of parables, and the book is entertaining reading.

It is a great addition to any one's library. I bought my copy years ago.
---John_T on 8/2/06

Debbie-Amen sister! I appreciate your response.
---Ryan on 8/2/06

Ryan, Truth has to be sought after and there is an never ending supply of it. It goes much farther than is discussed here. It is difficult to discuss truths in depth because there is such a hang up on the basic principles that we can't seem to get to the deeper stuff.
---Debbie on 8/1/06

Debbie-I love to see another Christian that has done extensive study into these parables. It is rare today that Christians seek the truth of these teachings. You are a sister after the heart of God and I love and rejoice in seeing that. You and I appear to be of like mind. I ask these questions to see who has truth.
---Ryan on 8/1/06

#11 Israel will have her place as the treasure in the world; we need not envy her; we have the better part, as the Pearl of great price, which like Mary's part, shall not be taken away from us.
---Debbie on 8/1/06

#10 She will be taken away by the Seeker of pearls before the pearls of lesser value are taken. In the day of rewards, when all the Churches have been gathered home, the beauty of the Bride will be manifested as greater than that of others. She will have a more heavenly sheen upon her, because she let the Bridegroom beautify her. She will be like Him and in His beauty will shine. The sun-glory will be upon her. The Pearl of great price will outshine the pearls.
---Debbie on 8/1/06

#9 Several of these companies mentioned remain unto the coming of the Lord. There is Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. Each company of these is a pearl. They have been gathered out of the sea (Gentiles), but they differ in beauty and worth. One of these pearls is the Pearl of great price - Philadelphia. (Smyrna saints will be part of that company, being of the same worth). Her worth cannot be computed in figures. She is the most precious part of the Church, the Choice One of the Merchant Man.
---Debbie on 8/1/06

#8 The majority of teachers of these seven parables of Matthew 13, apply the Pearl to the whole Church - but I believe differently. Observe that the Merchantman went down into the sea "seeking goodly pearls," not one pearl alone. Christ is that Man in question, the seeker of the beautiful gems. Did He with His eagle eye find only one Pearl? No, He found "many pearls." We read in Revelation 2 and 3 of "seven churches."
---Debbie on 8/1/06

#7 Therefore to read the parable aright, we learn that the Church is dependent upon the living Christ for her beauty. He will apply grace after grace upon each part of that body as each allows Him to have His way until finally the beauty of each is indescribable. He will adorn all in the Church with His own comeliness as each one yields to Him.But now let us notice some points that are generally overlooked.
---Debbie on 8/1/06

#6 A hint of the completely rounded character which God desires and must have in His Church, but more especially in the Bride. She is the one Pearl of great price that is found among the many pearls which He gathers from the sea. The Gentiles in Scripture are often figured by the sea.
The beauty of a pearl is entirely dependent upon the coatings which the oyster puts upon it, not at all upon the size or shape of the piece of sand.
---Debbie on 8/1/06

#5 They become clothed with beauty, put upon them by the one that they hurt; even as the Church composed of many members, the choice ones, objects of divine favor, are clothed with the comeliness of Him whom they crucified. The beauty of Christ is put over upon the very least of these. There are degrees of beauty and grades of worth among pearls as well as saints. The most rare ones are those that are perfectly spherical, with no roughness anywhere.
---Debbie on 8/1/06

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#4 It is a foreign substance to the organism; therefore because it cannot get rid of the grain of sand, it begins to coat it over with the same substance,nacre, or mother of pearl, which lines the interior of the shell. It continues with this work until the substance ceases to annoy, because the irritation vanishes. It becomes even as the living organism. Thus, what appeared to be injury to the oyster, results finally in the formation of beautiful gems,sought for in deep waters thru-out the world.
---Debbie on 8/1/06

#3 They are taken out of the element or condition in which they are found and translated to another. Furthermore pearls are found in shells, a hard rough exterior, which must be put off,before their beauty can be seen. Pearls are the only jewels known that are the work of a living
organism, a fact of wonderful significance. A grain of sand enters the side of the oyster which causes discomfort and annoyance.
---Debbie on 8/1/06

#2 He was the Merchantman, seeking goodly pearls.Therefore He came down into the sea, where He found one pearl of great price which He drew out of the sea - the old creation( the old sinful nature we were all born with.)Notice in this parable that the sea is not bought to get the pearls as the field was bought to get the treasure, because the Church and the Bride are heavenly jewels. Their inheritance is in heaven.
---Debbie on 8/1/06

#1 This parable emphasizes the fact that it was for the sake of the Bride (for she is the Pearl), that He stooped to the death of the cross. It is written of Christ - "the waves and billows" of God's wrath were poured out upon Him. Like Jonah, of whom He was the antitype in this respect, He cried,"The waters compassed me about even to the soul; the depth closed round about; the weeds were wrapped about my head."
---Debbie on 8/1/06

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His saved is a pearl of great price. If you study the pearl, it starts with a grain of sand and a pearl is eventually molded and the process causes pain. Isn't that how we are when Christ molds us. We go thru valleys and pain and when we get to heaven, we will be perfect.
---shira on 8/1/06

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