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The function of the divine wheel as it relates to the molding of the clay into a vessel of honor.

Friday, March 18, 2011

One of the main principles concerning the Potter and the clay  that we began to note is The function of the divine wheel as it relates to the molding of the clay.

If some difficult circumstance or trial comes into your life, that circumstance or trial is a part of the wheel of God to reveal that you might be resisting the pressure of the Potter’s hand.

ISA 29:24, And those who err in mind will know the truth, And those who criticize will accept instruction.

JAM 1:2,  Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,

The word consider aorist middle imperative hegeomai which is a command to believe, think, consider, to be a leader; to rule, command; to have authority over.

The aorist tense refers to the periods of time that the wheel is used by the potter to conform the believer to God’s will and their very own personal sense of destiny.

In the middle voice, you do this yourself, no one can do it for you.
This imperative mood can only be obeyed when you have a knowledge of Bible doctrine.
This aorist tense also means only at specific times will you use some doctrine that you learn.

The word encounter aorist active subjunctive of the verb peripipto to fall into something that is all around, to surrounded with.
The word for trials the noun peirasmos meaning here testing for blessing, it’s a test to prove your faith and application of doctrine.

The point that James is making is that to pass these different trials and tests you must have the attitude of James in verse two, when it says Consider it all joy, which as we noted is the Greek word hegeomai meaning to think, to consider, to regard.

To think means the reasoning of the conscious mind, the capability of reasoning, remembering, decision-making and application.

So to consider means to think carefully in making decisions.

With this verb we have joy which is the Greek noun chara meaning happiness based upon having the facts in your in your soul, or doctrine in the right lobe.

The only possible way for you to have happiness in a pressure situation is for doctrine to meet the facts of pressure and personal disaster.

But you have to have it to consider or conclude these trials to be a reflection of the Potter’s hand it at work in your life.

Happiness here is a mental attitude which is concluded when you as the special edition of the child of God faces the special occasion of suffering and adversity with this
special attitude of inner happiness.

The word various is an adjective, poikilos, means many types, many categories, and then the word for trials is the dative plural of peirasmos, which means testing to determine the quality of something. It is a noun for pressure – many categories of pressure.

JAM 1:2, My brethren [members of the Royal Family], keep on concluding [after weighing the facts] to keep on having perfect happiness [+H] whenever you become involved in the many categories of pressure.

Knowing present active participle of ginosko which means to learn from the Potter by means of experience.

MAT 11:28, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.”
MAT 11:30, “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”

in this case, it means to learn from the experience of PMA of Bible doctrine.

James is relating the principle of PMA of BD to +H and a lot of experiences in the field of listening to doctrine, which build up this fantastic inner happiness.

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