Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The function of the divine wheel as it relates to the molding of the clay into a vessel of honor.
Sunday, March 20, 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.
1. In the analogy of the Potter and the clay, the divine wheel represents those times or experiences when God, the sovereign One of the universe is at work with you.
2. A potter’s wheel is a machine used in the shaping of the clay, and therefore, it represents those situations where God (the Potter) places the believer (clay) into spiritual shape.
1TI 4:7-8, But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself rather unto godliness [living the spiritual life]. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness [living the spiritual life] is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
God tenderly and lovingly molds you and shapes you for His glory.
God desires to remove the hindrances and obstacles in your life that are hurting you and are also restricting His abundant life from flowing through you.
JOH 7:38, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’”
JOH 7:38, “He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.”
JAM 2:19, You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. In the Bible, the word translated to believe is pisteuo which is
used 251 times.
The word believe in the original language of the ancient world which we call koine (common) Greek does not mean what we understand it to me in our vocabulary. Today, believe means an intellectual acceptance of a stated fact.
Pisteuo means a strong conviction that is based on an established truth, by which (established truth) one can lay his full confidence on that truth and reveal his commitment through obedience to that truth.
Any definition that simply makes belief an acceptance of certain facts is not what the Bible means by the word believe.
JOH 3:16, “whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.”
JOH 3:18, “He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged
[he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation–he incurs no damnation];
but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ’s name.]”
believe = to trust in, cling to, and rely upon Jesus Christ, our only Savior.
God tenderly and lovingly uses the wheel for turning and changing one’s movement of life as He molds you and shapes you for the purpose of His glory on the wheel.
And, as the divine potter of love, He also yearns to remove and break the hold of certain areas of our life that are robbing us and cheating us out of having His hightest and best.