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Treasure

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Highly valued objects or accumulated riches. Treasure has at best only short-term benefit but can bring spiritual dangers. Spiritual treasure is of eternal value and comes from knowing and serving God.

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The limitations of accumulated treasure

It is easily lost

Isaiah 64:11 ESV
Our holy and beautiful house, where our fathers praised you, has been burned by fire, and all our pleasant places have become ruins.
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It is no security against God’s displeasure

Proverbs 11:4 ESV
Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
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It does not satisfy

Ecclesiastes 5:10 ESV
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.
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The spiritual dangers of accumulated treasure

It can lead to pride

1 Timothy 6:17 ESV
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
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It can lead a person away from God

Revelation 3:17 ESV
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
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It can lead to greed

Luke 12:15 ESV
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
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Acquiring it can lead to dishonesty

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It can lead to idolatry

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Spiritual treasure

Treasure consists in knowing God and his wisdom

Colossians 2:2–3 ESV
that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
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God’s word is supreme treasure

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The kingdom of God is supreme treasure

Matthew 13:44 ESV
“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.
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Spiritual treasure is more important than material possessions

Hebrews 11:26 ESV
He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.
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It is of eternal value

Luke 12:33 ESV
Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
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It is gained through generosity and wisdom

Matthew 19:21 ESV
Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
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Treasure reveals true commitment

Matthew 6:21 ESV
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
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Believers willingly give God their treasures

Matthew 2:11 ESV
And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
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God’s people are his treasured possession

Deuteronomy 7:6 ESV
“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.
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The gospel as treasure in clay jars

2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
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