What is the parable of the hidden treasure?


By BibleAsk Team

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure, a profound and enigmatic teaching of Jesus Christ, is nestled within the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 13, verses 44. This parable, like many others, employs the use of everyday scenarios to convey spiritual truths. Let’s embark on a journey to unravel the layers of wisdom encapsulated in this captivating narrative.

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

To begin, let’s explore the biblical context of the parable. In the New King James Version (NKJV), Matthew 13:44 reads: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it, he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” This parable illustrates the cost of salvation as represented by the gospel message (Matthew 13:44). Although salvation cannot be purchased, nevertheless it costs all that a man has.

In ancient times, it was common for a man to hide his valuables in the earth, where they often remained after his death. Those who inherited the land will not know of the buried treasure, and would have no claim on it. The owner of the land didn’t know about the hidden treasure, or he would have reclaimed it before selling the land.

But when a person found the treasure, he put it back into the ground to save it until he was able to buy the land. Then he went and sold all that he owned and bought the land (Matthew 13:44).  In a similar manner, those that find Christ sell or forsake all that they have to obtain Him. Peace with God costs all that a man has, but it is worth infinitely more.

The parable of the hidden treasure illustrates the experience of those who find truth without having to search for it, where as the parable of the priceless pearl represents those who are actively searching for the truth (Matthew 13:45-46). The merchant man was a dealer in pearls who was looking for a very valuable pearl and he represents those who are looking for the Savior. When the merchant found the great pearl of great price, he sold all that he had and bought it.

The “pearl of great price” is Jesus Christ, “the chiefest among ten thousand” (Song of Solomon 5:10). The person that finds Christ finds in Him life’s greatest treasure and eternal life. Paul said, he who truly finds Christ will “count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus,” and be willing to suffer “the loss of all things” in order to “win Christ” (Philippians 3:8).

Implications for Believers

  1. Recognition of Value: The parable urges believers to recognize the surpassing value of God’s kingdom. It’s a call to perceive the spiritual reality beyond the surface of worldly distractions and prioritize the eternal over the temporal.
  2. Total Commitment: The willingness to sell all possessions signifies the radical commitment required to follow Christ. It challenges believers to let go of attachments that hinder wholehearted devotion to God.
  3. Joyful Surrender: The joy accompanying the discovery of the treasure reflects the profound satisfaction found in a relationship with God. The sacrifices made for the kingdom are not burdensome but are embraced with joy.


The Parable of the Hidden Treasure serves as a poignant reminder of the unparalleled value of God’s kingdom and the radical commitment required to attain it by all believers. It beckons the faithful to embark on a journey of spiritual discovery, recognizing that the pursuit of God’s kingdom is worth more than any earthly possession. May we, like the man in the parable, find joy in surrendering all for the immeasurable treasure that is the kingdom of heaven.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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