Parable of the Pearl (2 of 2)

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(Continued from yesterday)

Yesterday we examined the Scriptural evidence that equates the pearl to Christ. Today we continue with other circumstantial evidence. Some believe pearls are unique among gems because they are organic, or the only gem derived from the sea. Technically that’s not true, as both amber (fossilized resin) and ammolite (fossilized ammonites) are organic, and the latter is also marine. However, the following attributes are instructive:

• Pearls are formed by grains of sand getting inside the pearl oyster, which cause irritation. The oyster secrets nacre to cover up the rough foreign particle, and over a period of time the secretion forms a round pearl. A pearl therefore consists of organic over inorganic matter and has two natures, just as the Lord Jesus is fully divine (Jn 1:1) and fully human (Jn 1:14).
• It is born out of the oyster’s pain and suffering. Heb 2:10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what He suffered. Heb 5:8-9 Son though He was, He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him.
• Most pearls are round, which speak of perfection Heb 2:10, 5:9
• Most are also white, which speak of purity Heb 7:26 Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 1 Jn 3:3 All who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure.
• Pearls have a radiance, symbolic of glory. Heb 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.

While some of these qualities can be spoken of the Church, the bride of Christ e.g.
2 Co 11:2 I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him.
• Eph 5:27 and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
they are far more descriptive of the bridegroom Jesus Christ Himself.

Based on all available evidence, my conclusion is that the pearl of great value is none other than the Lord Himself. He alone is worth our giving up everything we have to win Him. Php 3:8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ. The problem is our sense of value is warped by conforming to this world, and we are unwilling to count the cost to follow Jesus. No wonder we are so powerless and accomplish so little for Christ. Lord help our unbelief.

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