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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 NRSV
Our holy and beautiful house, where our ancestors 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 NRSV
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 NRSV
The lover of money will not be satisfied with money; nor the lover of wealth, with gain. This also is vanity.
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The spiritual dangers of accumulated treasure

It can lead to pride

1 Timothy 6:17 NRSV
As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
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It can lead a person away from God

Revelation 3:17 NRSV
For you say, ‘I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing.’ You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
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It can lead to greed

Luke 12:15 NRSV
And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of 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 NRSV
I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself, 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 NRSV
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; 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 NRSV
He considered abuse suffered for the Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the reward.
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It is of eternal value

Luke 12:33 NRSV
Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.
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It is gained through generosity and wisdom

Matthew 19:21 NRSV
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
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Treasure reveals true commitment

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

Matthew 2:11 NRSV
On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
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God’s people are his treasured possession

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

2 Corinthians 4:7 NRSV
But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.
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