Tuesday, April 23, 2019

THE STRONG DELUSION OF ISLAM




By pastor Mike Taylor


20 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:20-21)


For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24)


There is an overwhelming desire among this nation, and those around the world, to replace what is good and wholesome that is supported in the Bible, and replace it with the concepts that seem right in the unrepentant spirit of mankind. It has spread to all forms of morality such as homosexuality, idolatry, and all forms of sexual sin and lust of the flesh. This flows into a common stream that Jesus said that it would be as in the days of Noah and the days of Lot, so it is with this day.


This same idolatry comes from religions that are pagan, or ones that proclaim another gospel, or from the lack of any moral underpinnings that convict mortal man to do what is right in the sight of God. Satan uses them to attempt to confuse the minds of men and women in these last days, as he has done since time began.


There are many false religions in this world, and the wise and redeemed individual finds and attends the denomination that fulfills and supports what the Bible teaches. One of the most perverse religions, if you can call it that, which I would like to speak of in this message, is the “religion” of Islam.
I had a member on a Christian forum I administer that proclaimed that Islam is in accordance with Christianity and that Jesus is a highly revered person in their Quran. But is that true, and is the lady who proposed such a belief deceived and willfully ignorant or is Islam a religion of peace as she proposed? Let us look at the history of Islam briefly and its modern theology that is found in the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS to name but two that embrace this hateful ideology as it is not truly a religion, but a concept of war, conquest, and destruction.


ISLAM, FROM THE MIND OF THE DERANGED.


If you start with its so called “prophet” it is revealed the man, Muhammad was most likely mentally, or demonically disturbed. “In 610 CE, Muhammad began receiving what Muslims consider to be divine revelations. Muhammad's message won over a handful of followers and was met with increasing opposition from notables of Mecca. In 618, after he lost protection with the death of his influential uncle Abu Talib, Muhammad took flight to the city of Yathrib (Medina). With Muhammad's death in 632, disagreement broke out over who would succeed him as leader of the Muslim community which was eventually resurrected leading to the First Fitna. The dispute would intensify greatly after the Battle of Karbala, in which Muhammad's grandson Hussein ibn Aliwas killed by the ruling Umayyad Caliph Yazid I, and the outcry for revenge divided the early Islamic community. Hence, we have fighting Shiite and Sunni Muslims.
By the 8th century, the Islamic empire extended from Iberia in the west to the Indus River in the east. Polities such as those ruled by the Umayyad (in the Middle East and later in Iberia), Abbasids, Fatimids, and Mamluks were among the most influential powers in the world.
In the early 13th century, the Delhi Sultante took over northern parts of Indian subcontinent. In the 13th and 14th centuries, destructive Mongol invasions from the East, along with the loss of population in the Black Death, greatly weakened the traditional centers of the Islamic world, stretching from Persia to Egypt, but in the Early Modern period, the Ottomans, the Safavids, and the Mughals were able to create new world powers again. During the 19th and early 20th centuries most parts of the Muslim world fell under the influence or direct control of European Great Powers. Their efforts to win independence and build modern nation states over the course of the last two centuries continue to reverberate to the present day.”(Wikipedia quick history of Islam.)

Islam began as a doctrine of destruction with the slaughter of Jews in Medina that would not agree with Muhammad's twisting of Holy Scripture, and ran him to Mecca until this false prophet became stronger and killed all Jews who had mocked him, and proceeded to spread Islam using the sword, conquest, murder, rape and pillaging of caravans and the people surrounding his area of mayhem. Not to mention, Muhammad was a pedophile who married a 6 year old little girl, but waited until she was 9 years old to consummate their “marriage”. And this historical rabid purveyor of sin and debauchery is the source of those who believe in Islam as an alternative to Christianity, or even Judaism? Only Satan could lie this well.



THE OBVIOUS DIFFERENCES IN THE TWO RELIGIONS



What are the biggest differences between Christianity and the Islamic beliefs? Does Islam believe in a Son of God, Jesus the Christ? I recall a statement made by the deceived member who proclaimed that Islam embraces Jesus by stating the following:
People of the Book, go not beyond the bounds in your religion, and say not as to God but the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only the Messenger of God, and His Word that He committed to Mary, and a Spirit from Him. So believe in God and His Messengers, and say not, 'Three.' Refrain; better is it for you. God is only One God. Glory be to Him -- That He should have a son! To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and in the earth; God suffices for a guardian. S. 4:171 Arberry

By confessing that Christ is God’s Word and Spirit, which God gave to Mary, Muhammad didn’t realize that he was essentially bearing witness to Jesus’ divine prehuman existence. After all, God’s Word is uncreated, and for Jesus to be his Word means that he is uncreated as well.:”

This was from a woman who claimed to now be a Christian and had come out of Islam as a belief system, but has she? Again, is she deceived?
In reading this fantasy from Muhammad, it is clear that he/they deny that Jesus was anything but a Messenger, not the Son of God as God is but One, and they deny that God has a Son. Islam doesn't use the name of Jesus as we do, but gives the Son of God the name Isa. Who is Isa?



JESUS VS. THE ISLAMIC JESUS, ISA

The main focus of Christianity is Jesus Christ, while in Islam the main focus is “allah' and the revelation given by Muhammad, their holy book, the Quran.  Though Jesus, called Isa is part of the Qu'ran, his role, is one of being just a prophet, not the Son of God, as he is one of many messengers or apostles. Muhammad is the “seal of the prophets”. The Jesus of the Bible and Jesus of Islam are two distinct persons, though they seem similar.  For some this might sound like an odd statement, but lets examine why its not. Since, both Islam and Christianity accept Jesus as an actual person who lived, the person Jesus would have distinct aspects of his life. Since there was only one Jesus, contradictions between the Jesus of Islam and the Jesus of the Bible cannot be reconciled, since some of these contradictions are diametrically opposed to each other. As I note in the following list:
-Jesus is God in Christianity, but Isa is nothing but a man/prophet
-In Islam, Jesus did not die on a cross, but a phantom was in His place.
-we believe in Christianity that Jesus did die for the sins of the world and was raised to life three days later and lives forevermore.
-Jesus came to deliver the message of the prophets, who were before him. Mohammad like Jesus came to give the same message of Islam. Surah 2:136, Surah 3:84, Surah 42:13, Surah 5:46
-in the truth of Christianity, Jesus came to die for the sins of the world, as the way of salvation. His death paid for the sins of the world.
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18 )
-the Islamic Jesus, or Isa will come back with the Mahdi and proclaim Islam as the true religion of the world and destroy all infidels who do not embrace Islam.
-the True God of the Bible, Jesus will come to set up His Kingdom for a thousand years, and destroy all rebellion on earth that rejects God and His atonement found in this same Jesus.
Since the Jesus of the Bible, and this Islamic Jesus of the Quran cannot be reconciled, they are obviously two different persons and not the same. Jesus of the Holy Bible and God in the flesh, the express image of the Father in Heaven. While the Jesus of Islam is but a mere man, that proclaimed allah, which is nothing but a reinvention of a pagan God in Arabia that was a Moon Goddess, obviously since the name allah is a masculine gender, then this god is in drag. Not desiring to offend those who actually believe in this imposter, but that is where Muhammad got the idea of one god after destroying all pagan gods beside this one god of theirs, to offset the true God of the Bible and of the Jewish beliefs in Yahweh.


QU'RAN AND THE BOOK OF WAR VERSES OF DEATH


Islam as spoken of by Muhammad, who didn't even write the Qu'ran,(as it was written several hundred years into the future after his death), speaks poetically in the early chapters, but makes a decided shift in the later chapters called “War Verses”. The Qu'ran contains at least 109 verses that speak of war with nonbelievers, usually on the basis of their status as non-Muslims. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called 'hypocrites' and warned that “allah” will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.


Even though the bible speaks of war that Israel fought against her enemies, the Qu'ran's war verses are open ended and have a present historical context of never ending life known only in Islam.  They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of “allah”, and just as relevant or subject to interpretation as anything else in the Qu'ran. They are called to a “holy war” or Jihad against the “infidels” that do not believe in allah, or Islam, which is nothing more than a covenant with death which “allah” is the god of death and destruction.
In stark contrast is the God of the Bible, who offers a gift of eternal life through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. God is a God of love, mercy and grace, and desires that none should perish. The God of the bible is concerned about life, not death. Jesus came to die for the sins of the world, and Isa is promoted as a messenger for Islam, not a savior of anyone.
9” The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2nd Peter 3:9)



The Bible is God's love letter to the world that through Jesus would all sins be forgiven for those who by faith believe in God's grace and mercy confined to Jesus alone, would have eternal life. Isa forgives nothing. As Jesus proclaimed to His disciples:


“Jesus saith unto him, I am the waythe truthandthe life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

Jesus came to give life and life more abundantly:
7 “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:10)


Conversely, the god of Islam makes no such promises, save to offer sexual gratification in the “so called Paradise with virgins to fulfill their every desire..
In Islam, the concept of 72 virgins (houri) refers to an aspect of Jannah (Paradise). This concept is grounded in Qur'anic text which describe a sensual Paradise where believing men are rewarded by being wed to virgins with "full grown", "swelling" or "pears-shaped" breasts. Conversely, women will be provided with only one man, and they "will be satisfied with him".


Many wonder what will become of Islam in the future. Will she continue her rampage of conquest and destruction? Many believe that she will be involved in the final religion that will be destroyed by the coming Anti-Christ so to receive worship for himself, being indwelt by Satan. I have written about in the past, that Islam just may be a part of the One World Religion that will be advanced by the false prophet.


Even now, the Pope in Rome seeks to brings all religions back to the “mother church”, and it includes even Islam. Anyone who watches the news reports, sees this pope wooing the religions of this world to unite with the religion of Catholicism. The pope is most attentive to the religion of Islam by many appearances even in their mosque, as her numbers rival that of Catholicism. And what will she be called?


CHRISLAM, THE ONE WORLD RELIGION.


Will Islam be absorbed by Catholicism in the coming New World Order that is being constructed even as I type? Here in America, the word is that all religions point to the God in Heaven. I have read many statement by the Pope and Evangelical ministers that propose a Prosperity Gospel, that we must unite as a common religion. Words cannot fully describe the intent of this apostate religion that seeks to bring men and women who do not have Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives, into one common religion, as a video that proves what we say is truth. This short video will support that fact.



In this video, the words of this pope will make any Christian's hair stand on end, as we hear that all avenues lead to God, and that Jesus Christ is not necessary, as the words of the pontiff has so blasphemously spoken to those who wish to have their ears tickled.
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”(2nd Timothy 4:1-4)


THE ANTI-CHRIST IS ALIVE AND WAITING TO TAKE OVER


All who will believe the lies of this coming NWO and the concept of uniting all religions as one, will be like this lady at the beginning of this message, who believes that Islam is a religion of peace. They will be deceived and believe a lie. Islam and Christianity, as noted are not compatible by any stretch of the imagination, or of those who try and convince you otherwise. I warn all who would be wooed by this false prophet, that speaks of uniting all religions to not follow any religion, but to follow Jesus Christ and His written Word.
The world is growing ripe for a coming New World Order and the indoctrination of a coming One World Religion. If we look around us, we can see the forces of evil growing stronger by the day, and the pieces of this puzzle being put into place
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I SOUND THE WARNING


Why do I warn of this coming deception? We are not looking for the Anti-Christ, but his soon appearance heralds the coming of our Lord Jesus even sooner than anyone even thinks who will appear for His Church in what I have been speaking of for years. The HARPAZO or the snatching away of the Church is close at hand. Time is running out for those who see apostasy being fulfilled, and have but a short time to choose who they will serve. Will they believe and serve the Lord of Glory, Jesus the Son of God, or will they fall for the lies that have been spoken of by this new false prophet?
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:1-4)


We are in the middle of the Great Apostasy, and the man of sin is about to be revealed, but that Day will come, when the Lord Jesus will come for His Church, and the man will then be revealed.
7, 'For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
 8,And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
 9, Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” (2nd Thessalonians 2:7-9)
Those who are deceived and believe the lie that is coming, will be susceptible to believing the lie of Chrislam and worship a “false christ' who leads the world into destruction.


As scripture clearly points out that when the man of sin is revealed, then all who live on this planet, who have not been taken by Jesus as His Holy Bride, will experience strong delusions that will damn many of them to a devil's hell.
10 “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”( 2nd Thessalonians 2:10-12)




If you miss the coming of our Lord Jesus for His church, your ability to be saved went down exponentially, as all who on earth that have pleasure in unrighteousness will abound in that horrific time known as Jacob's Trouble, or the Tribulation and the Great Tribulation, both 3.5 years each.
But if you are some of those who are actually saved during this time, your existence will be full of sorrow and having to stay one step ahead of the murdering hit-men and soldiers of the Anti-Christ army, who will destroy all who will not take the mark of the Beast. To take this mark will be those who are eternally doomed to the Lake of Fire.
9 “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” (Revelation 14:9—11)


As we move to the end of this age, the Age of Grace also called the Church Age, do not be confused that all roads lead to God. No denomination can guarantee you the promise of glory that will be found in us. Only through Jesus Christ will a man or woman be able to stand before our Lord and God our Father.
28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Romans 8:28-30)

CONCLUSION OF THE COMPARISON

More to the point of this message, don't be confused when comparing true Biblical Christianity with the cults of this world. Islam is what I warn all who will have ears to listen. Islam claims that their god, “allah”, is the same as the True God of the Bible, Jehovah or Yahweh. One is a god of war, murder, pillaging and pedophilia, while the True God is a God of love, grace and mercy, not willing that any should perish.
I pray for this confused young lady who thinks that Islam has anything in common with the worship of the Living God found in your Bible. I pray for all who may be led astray with the unity of religions into one and coming back to the “mother church” . Stay true to the God of the Bible and if you don't know Him, let me introduce you to my Lord Jesus, my soon coming King of kings, and Lord of lords.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
” (John 3:16-18)


Believe in your heart and soul who Jesus really is and by believing confess to God and others your belief in the Son of God. God will honor that confession and come into your heart and life by that confession and repenting of your sinful nature.


But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:8-13)


Be reconciled to God the Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord, or be subject to the delusions that will deceive many into the fires of hell, and ultimately the Lake of Fire. Time is growing short to make that decision for Jesus Christ. Today is the day that God is calling to you.


We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2nd Corinthians 6:1-2)


This is Pastor Mike Taylor, praying you make that decision for Christ right now. If you need prayer, counseling, or just a listening ear then email me at pastormiketaylor@yahoo.com, or visit me online at www.pastormiketaylor.blogsport.com. God bless you all.


TILL WE MEET AT JESUS FEET





Wednesday, April 17, 2019

JESUS CAME TO SEEK AND TO SAVE



BY Pastor Mike Taylor


44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” (Matthew 13:44-46.)

Many within God’s church read the parables spoken by Jesus in this chapter, which are parables pertaining to the Kingdom of God.  In this chapter of Matthew, Jesus gives several examples pertaining to this coming Kingdom. The two parables speak about a man who finds treasure in a field hidden or a pearl of great price:


The traditional view of most believing Christians is that Jesus is speaking of the newly converted Christian, that when he believes in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, that he gives up all that he has to obtain salvation from the Lord Jesus….Understandably, we who are chosen by God, give up much of the life we were living to become new creatures in Christ Jesus and are commanded to turn away from the evil of this world and follow Jesus Christ, taking up our cross daily and following Him. But is that what Jesus was talking about when He was talking about the treasure in the field, or the pearl of great price? Let’s see.
8 “ For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians2:8-9)

We  know that it is not anything that we have done, or could have done that deserves forgiveness of sin. No amount of tithing, church attendance, charity to the poor, or any other good works we can think of can rid us of the stain of human sin. Only Jesus can do that.


3:4 “ But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,3:5  Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit;3:6  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;3:7  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4-7)

Jesus taught in parables and to a lot of folks they are hard to understand. Parables are an analogy. They are in story form, and they illustrate a truth drawn from the natural, material world to testify of a spiritual and eternal truth. It can teach eternal truth only because a unity exists between the material and spiritual. If the material had no similarities with the spiritual, it could not convey truth about the spiritual realities. Remember, "parable" suggests a side-by-side comparison. An earthly truth is the similitude of a heavenly one. Biblical parables thus show that the external, visible material world is a mirror through which we may understand the eternal, invisible spiritual realm.

Many times, the disciples came to Jesus to ask for the interpretation of the meaning of the parables He had just spoken to the people
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“And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" He answered and said to them,"Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand."(Matthew 13:10-13)


But do we, as Christians understand what Jesus was talking about? Only the Holy Spirit can reveal truths to you, not the traditions of men, as traditions can, even in good intentions, lead a person to believe in something that is not true. Like good works can save the sinner…not so, my reader. Remember what Jesus told the Pharisees.
9 “And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” (Mark 7:9-13)


We as Christians must look to the deeper meaning of Jesus was talking about in the parables He spoke of….This is an example of the traditions of men concerning the hidden treasure in the field and the Pearl of Great Price and not discerning what the Lord was driving at.
6  “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.7  And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.”(Isaiah 64:6-7)
The idea of our righteousness being as a filthy rag is interpreted to mean a woman's discard menstrual cloth, a very unclean item in God's eyes and hardly what can be used to buy something so precious.

10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.”(Romans 3:10-18)

Paul speaks that we are at enmity with God.
“ Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”(Romans 8:7-8)


We do not search for God, He searches for us….not the other way around.

So how can we buy this hidden treasure in a field, or this “Pearl of Great Price” if we have nothing to purchase it with? Did you purchase your salvation through your many good deeds and charitable giving? Of course, we did not!! We have nothing to offer our God that would allow Him to pardon us for sins committed against His Holy name.

Then who does the merchant represent? Obviously, it can’t be us, as we naturally do not seek God or His kingdom, so how can we purchase something so valuable?

Jesus said in 
 Luke “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."(Luke 19:9-10)
And again in:
“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. ” (John 6:44-45)

Have you figured it out yet? Who is this merchant who gave up everything to buy this “hidden field” or the “pearl of great price’?

This merchant is seriously and deliberately searching this world to secure the best and costliest gems and treasures. It is his livelihood, and he is diligent to travel extensively because he knows his efforts will be rewarded when he finds the best and purchases them. Since Christ is the One who seeks the sinner, noted in Luke 19, and John 6 above,  the merchant 
cannot represent the sinner giving up all he has to follow Jesus Christ.  The Shepherd seeks the sheep, not vice versa.
4 “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”(Isaiah 53:4-6)
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JESUS IS THE MERCHANT WHO SEEKS US

The use of the word "seeking" we quoted in Matthew 13, v. 45, helps identify the merchant as Christ, as it means "to depart from one place and arrive at another." Jesus did this Himself to pay the hidden field cost and the price for the pearl. He departed from heaven and arrived on earth to complete His mission
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”. (Philippians 2:6-8)
And again in 2nd Corinthians, Paul speaks what Jesus did for us:

For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich”. (2
nd Corinthians 8:9)

Jesus our Lord,  gave up everything—He sold all—to possess us! He emptied Himself of the glory of heaven, His position beside God the Father, and took on the form of a servant, a man like you and I. He was born to die……………..for you and for me!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.(John 3:16-18)

Can you understand the depths of God the Father's love that He would give up the most important thing in all of eternity, His only Son for something so unworthy, so unrighteous, an unclean thing in His sight? How can this be?
6 “ For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.7  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”(Romans 5:6-8)

It comes down to one complete description of God’s Love…….
AMAZING GRACE!

When John Newton wrote that beloved hymn, he summed it up when God called each of us because of His mercy and grace..

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but NOW I’m found, was blind, but now I see.”

My reader, Jesus paid it all….gave up all…came from glory in heaven to pay the price for your redemption. Jesus came to pay the ultimate price for our salvation by giving His life on the cross and His ultimate resurrection to life three days later and sits at God's right Hand making intercession for each of us that call upon His Name...He loves each of us that much.


6 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”(Romans 5:6-10)


You and I and all who believe are the treasure in a hidden field and the Pearl of Great Price. He lived, He died and rose again, that you might have eternal life. Not for anything you did, but for His unfathomable love and AMAZING GRACE. Won’t you accept His free gift…? It’s already bought and paid for. All you have to do is say “Yes, Lord, I believe”. Then internalize this great gift from God, by becoming a new creature. Not anything we can do, but what He can do in us. Although we are a lost and dying creation, God loved us, even when we were His enemies.


Jesus has for nigh 2000 years through God's Holy Spirit has been searching for those lost sheep and that sheep could be you, as it was I in times past:
4 “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”(Luke 15:4-7)


Jesus seeks that one lost sheep although He has many brethren. His mercy is boundless.
You see, we didn't deserve so great a mercy, that God would give up everything He possessed (even His life), to redeem each of us that were so unworthy.
4” What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” (Psalms 8:4-9)




He came to save all who would follow Him by faith, love,  and obedience to become His treasure and His Pearl of Great Price. It was solely for our redemption and according to His unfathomable, matchless love. That love is for you, and for me.


8 “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”(Romans 10:8-13)


For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2nd Corinthians 6:2)
My reader, Jesus is seeking the lost sheep of this world and He came for that one purpose, to save the lost soul from their sins and eternal death and separation from Almighty God. Won't you heed His voice and accept what has already been sought after and paid for with His very life? If you have not done so, may the Holy Spirit call you now.




This is pastor Mike Taylor praying for each of you that will hear the voice of God and make that decision to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. If there is anything that I can help you with, pray with you, or just to listen, drop me a line to pastormiketaylor@yahoo.com. Or visit me online for more biblical messages from the Word of Go at www.pastormiketaylor.blogspot.com, . God bless you all,
Till we meet at Jesus feet.