The Pearl of Great Price

Mystery  of  the  Pearl  of  Great  Price

Matthew  13 : 45-46

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.

The merchant “seeking beautiful pearls” is the Lord Jesus Christ.

He “sold all that he had and bought itmeans He gave His life to purchase “the pearl of great price”.  The Church is redeemed with His own blood (Acts 20:28; 1 Pet. 1:18-19)

The merchant seeking only “one pearl of great price” means the Lord Jesus Christ is seeking only true believers “who worship God in spirit and truth (Jn. 4:23-24).

The  Pearl  symbolizes  the  Church  consisting  of  Gentile  Christians

Natural pearls grow naturally in oysters living at sea without the human intervention.  

God’s Church also grows naturally without human intervention.   

The Church is “built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit”  (Eph. 2:22). 

The oyster is an unclean seafood that represents the Gentiles (Lev. 11:9-12; Acts 10:9-48). 

The “Pearl of Great Price” symbolizes the Gentile Church that the Lord Jesus Christ places a very high value (1 Pet. 2:9-10).

The oyster is originally a dirty and ugly creature, but when it is cleansed a beautiful interior and pearls are inside it.

The Gentiles were originally considered unclean people, but God revealed to Peter in a vision:  “And a voice spoke to him again the second time, ‘What God has cleansed you must not call common.” (Acts 10:15) The Gentile Church is the Lord Jesus Christ's  “Pearl of Great Price".

The Pearl with the rainbow colors symbolizes

God's Glorious Church of many races

Interior of oyster shells and pearls have rainbow colors that symbolize God's Covenant with His people (Gen. 9:8-17). It also represents His glory (Rev. 4:3; 10:1). Colors of the rainbow is the universal symbol of people from many nations and skin colors.


Pure white light that passes through a transparent glass prism will emit the seven colors of the rainbow. The Lord Jesus Christ is the pure "Light of the world." "The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising."  (Isa. 60:3)

“And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; For You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”  (Rev. 5:9)


The  Pearl  teaches  God’s  cleansing  of  the  Church

 A natural pearl is created when a foreign object enters an oyster's inner body where it cannot be expelled by itself.

The oyster goes into defensive action and secrets a substance called nacre around the irritant to protect itself.  

“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 Jn. 1:7)

The  Pearl  inspires  Christians  to  be  united  in  the  Church

The oyster continues to secrete nacre around the irritant, adding layer upon layer that are closely bonded together to form a very strong material that is difficult to break.

“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being one body, so also is Christ.” (1 Cor. 12:12)

The  Pearl  teaches  Development  of  Good  Christian  Character 

Pearls are natural gems that have the natural brilliance and shine, unlike other gems that need to be cut, shaped and polished to do so.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Mt. 5:16)

 Pearls have a soft glow that comes from within through time inside the mother oyster. 

 Christians develop good character through the years they are nurtured by godly parents who are active Church members.

 “But as for you, continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Jesus Christ.” (2 Tim. 3:14-15)

The   Pearl  of  Great  Price  symbolizes  the  Perfect  Church

The merchant looking for the “Pearl of Great Price” means the Lord Jesus Christ is coming for the perfect church to take her to heaven with gates of pearls (Rev. 21:21).

The Lord Jesus Christ is presenting it “to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.”  (Eph. 5:27)

The Lord Jesus Christ will be taking the Church with true Christians who are saved to the Heavenly City where “the twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl.  And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” (Rev. 21:21).

May God bless you

A sermon based on this article was preached by Paul Wong

to a Congregation in Houston, Texas on July 21 2007

This article was published on this Website on July 27, 2009

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