December 15, 2019 | 7:30 AM

“Vessels of Honor”

2 Timothy 2:14-26

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. [2 Timothy 2:20]


This “great house” is the house of God, the New Testament church. Elsewhere in Scripture it describes this house not as a physical structure but spiritual. It is not a cathedral or an ornate building; it is saved saints, living stones, built one upon another, with Jesus Christ as the Chief Cornerstone [ref. 1 Pet 2:4-8].


“Vessels” are another great spiritual illustration. The church is made of broken, marred, and imperfect vessels, ones that the Lord receives and then tenderly repairs and seals in His Spirit. There are many wonderful scriptures that describe this, even in the Old Testament. “But now, O LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.” [Isa 64:8] “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.” [Jer 18:4]


We, too, before coming to Jesus are “marred in the hand of the potter.” He cannot use us without His Spirit in us. He therefore starts again; He makes us anew; He repairs us; we become born again, born of the Spirit of God, and then He begins to mold and shape us and use us for His glory. This is the progressive work of salvation and sanctification, wonderful workings of Him the Master Potter.


However, there are [in the church] “vessels of honor and vessels of dishonor.” Jesus warned of this [ref. Matt 13:24-30; Parable of the Wheat and Tares]. There are the real and counterfeit. Wheat and tares look alike, but the tares are planted by the Evil One. In short, the Devil will plant false teachers and false believers within the church. This is why it is important to know the truth [right doctrine], which is the theme of this section of 2 Timothy.


“Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine,” Paul exhorted. “Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.” [1 Ti 4:16] The key is a Spirit-filled study of God’s word. That is why I am convinced that studying the Bible book by book is so very important.


The best way to spot counterfeit is to handle the real [daily]. It is not enough to just read our bibles; we must diligently study them. And we need to remember that it is not education but revelation [by the Spirit] that is gives true understanding.




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