Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
Jesus' focus was to move "from" tangible to spiritual. Putting New Wine into Old Wineskins was a prime example. Another was using new fabric as a patch for old garments. The Old wineskin bursts and the old fabric tears. Something's gotta give. The thing about the living, breathing nature of the spirit is, it is continually moving, expanding, elevating . . .but traditional thinking embraces that which remains the same. And to Molly's point about Paul, he definitely had a 'GREAT' advantage over most "because of" his theological background. And Jesus also pointed to this advantage in the middle of these "the kingdom is like . . ." settings.
51Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
52Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
Paul was raised in the knowledge but he understood the placement of that knowledge was not to be ahead of spiritual, but "under" it. Because in his own words, he sees those man-made credentials as a pile of crap. Yes?
3 For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, 4 though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!
5 I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. 6 I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.
7 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ.[c] For God's way of making us right with himself depends on faith.
The emphasis Paul placed on his relationship with God, not only was he "not" basing it on all the knowledge he'd obtained, but he went so far as to say that he let go of everything he "thought" he already knew. This has been what I've been trying to say all along about natural reasoning being laid aside for spiritual revelation. It's based on FAITH . . .seeing what can't TANGIBLY be seen. Basing my belief on what is written is not basing it on the unseen. What is written is what is seen. But building my foundation in Christ based on the Word "in" me is what faith "is". Because Paul laid down his knowledge of God, he was able to become the greatest and most powerful tool used by God.
The trials didn't really manifest in his life until he took that which he received spiritually and tried to birth that into others who were still in the grips of man-made mindsets. Those that embraced what he considered as dung took offense to his change of direction and set out to kill him as a result. He knew the same Scriptures they knew, but he had a completely different message than they did. Why? Was it because he embraced the literal Scriptures? Or the spiritual message they contained? He "had" both, but one was put under submission to the other. Yes??