The Cost of the Kingdom

The Cripplegate | 9/23/2019 | Staff
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But then comes the prayer which reveals their true desires. Emily prays that she will marry the one who truly loves her. Palamon prays that he will marry her. Arcite prays for victory in the tournament.

All three prayers are answered when Arcite wins the tournament, but then he falls off his horse and dies, so Palamon, who truly loves Emily, gets to marry her.

Story - Desires - Matthew

This story shows what happens when true desires are exposed, which is what we see in Matthew 13.

In Matthew 13:44-46 we see two short parables about the Kingdom.

Kingdom - Heaven - Treasure - Field - Man

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Notice that neither man inherits his treasure. It didn’t come to them automatically. Each one had to make a personal transaction to appropriate it.

Audience - Jews - Salvation - Virtue - Jewish

This was important to the audience because many Jews believed that they could expect salvation by virtue of being born Jewish. Many people today believe that their heritage will save them: “I was born in a Christian home, went to a Christian school and college, and have been a member of this church for as long as I can remember… what do you mean I need to convert and become a Christian?”

Listen to what Peter pronounces to the crowd at Pentecost in Acts 2: 38-39 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the...
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