Matthew 1344

...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.

When a man finds this great treasure, which is salvation, he has great joy in his heart, and he is fully committed to keep this treasure at any cost. He no longer desires to remain in sin with the spiritual separation from God, which sin brings.

A person who enjoys the pleasures of sin to his heart's content, without the Holy Spirit convicting him of his wrongdoing, is not a Christian. His sinful way of life demonstrates that he has not yet found the great treasure of salvation. He does not fear God and is still blind to his spiritual condition, which is that he is 'wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked'. (Revelation 3:17)

A person who obeys God because of the fear of hell has a wrong type of obedience and a wrong type of fear. This person is not yet touched by the sacrificial love of God, which makes him a child of God who relates to God as a child obeys and fears his loving father.

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