45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” — Matthew 13:45,46.
This parable is unique to Matthew. In the parable, Jesus illustrates the great value of the Kingdom of Heaven. The main points of this parable are:-
1. A merchant is seeking beautiful pearls
2. He finds one pearl of great price
3. Undeterred by its price, he sells all that he has and buys it!
The person is on a mission to find that which is of great value. He believes there is something out there worth looking for, or he would not be seeking it. When he finds it, he immediately recognizes its value and is willing to sell all to obtain it.
Jesus is not suggesting we that can “buy” or otherwise “earn” our salvation. Salvation is a gift (Romans 6:23). He is stating the value of the kingdom and how we should have a desire for this “pearl of great price”.