“The only strategy to protect and preserve a nation is to establish the golden rule and the principles of the Kingdom of Heaven in the society”
― Sunday Adelaja
Jesus gave many parables about the kingdom of heaven on earth. They give deep insight into his vision of this future utopia. I’m going to give an explanation for each of them.
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man finds it, he hides it, and joyfully goes and sells all that he has, and buys the field.
When you ‘see’ the kingdom of heaven, you will understand that it is worth more than any material goods that you have, and will gladly trade anything for the ability to enter it.
The kingdom of heaven is like a single pearl of great price to a merchant who seeks them. When he finds it, he goes and sells all that he has, and buys it.
A merchant who seeks pearls understands their true value, so when he sells everything he has to buy one, the implication is that it is worth even more.
The kingdom of heaven is like a net that is cast into the sea, and gathers fish of every kind. When it is full, the fishermen draw to shore, sit down, and gather the good fish into vessels, but cast the bad away.
When the kingdom arrives, those who are ready for it will be able to live in it, but those who are not will be expelled from it.
After confirming with his disciples that the understood the meanings of these parables, Jesus concluded:
Every scribe [scholar of the Torah] who is instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings forth out of his treasure things both new and old.
In other words, knowledge of both the old testament and Jesus’s message of the kingdom of heaven are spiritually valuable.