Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
God made chosen vessels for honor & dishonor. God created vessels of wrath & destruction. Why?

We are still getting ready to study the very important reminders in the beginning of the Church-age so that all of you will remind yourselves, that every one of us are also called the Royal family of God, the New Creation, and the Last Adam; 2Co 5:17.

The Head and the Body, the Shepherd and the Sheep, the Vine and the Branches,  The  Cornerstone and the building,  The High Priest and the Royal Priesthood.

The Groom and the Bride.

The King of kings and the Lord of Lords. 1Pe 2:5-9.

Also, remember what  “Martin Luther” said =  “If I profess with loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except that little point which the world and the Devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ.

In this verse, JOH 2:6, the Lord uses the original Greek language noun Hudria which is translated waterpots, vessels, water jars or containers to describe the Lord uses waterpots or vessels according to the Greek Scholar Joseph Thayer.

And so, the six waterpots represented six followers of our Lord, some from following John the Baptist along with some our Lord chose before He went to the wedding.

So, He tells the servants to draw water and fill the jars or put clean water in the waterpots or the empty vessels for the Jewish custom of purification.

Instead, our Lord told them to bring the water to the headwaiter and let him test it so He can taste it to see if it was good water clean enough to drink, which he drank it and found it to be heavenly wine.

Therefore, our Lord demonstrated His marvelous ability to master the processes of nature realizing what the apostle John said when he said in Joh 1:3, "All things came into being by Him."

Now,  in spite of the fact that God begins the work and completes it, we do have a part in the work that He began.

And that is why some believers will be winners and some will be losers.

Therefore, in context, the large house refers to the church or the body of Christ and the vessels in the house refer to born again believers.

In fact, the Bible describes the human body of the born again believer in the Church-age as a vessel in 1Th 4:4  that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,

And so this verse says there are some believers who are vessels unto honor and there are other believers who are vessels unto dishonor.

Some believers are being prepared through progressive sanctification through the word and through the Spirit to have a great impact in history.

There are three stages of Sanctification.

  1. Positional Sanctification = received at salvation
  2. Experiential Sanctification = set apart in time.
  3. Ultimate Sanctification = The final destiny for eternity.

On the other hand, other believers through negative volition are becoming vessels unto dishonor.

Whether you are a vessel of honor or a vessel of dishonor depends on one thing in your life = Your free will or volition concerning what you choose to follow.

And *** These are the believers who react against the word of God and adopt the cosmic agenda as their own personal self-agenda rather than the divine agenda.

They are the salt that has lost its' affect to preserve what they have been called to preserve and they have become useless and ineffective to fulfill their calling and as far as the spiritual life is concerned and they are good for nothing but to be thrown out as far as their responsibilities are concerned.

LUK 17:10  "So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.'"

As our Lord said in MAT 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty {again}? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men."

One that is being fitted out for honorable purposes called good work which in 2Ti 2:21 means having a positive historical impact with divinely good production.

The other type of believers are loser believers, usually very moral and very self-righteous, works oriented and phony.

The gold and silver vessels represent believers in the pivot.

Believers who called gold are those who have reached the place of having maximum glorification of God and are ready to suffer for blessing by being a vessel prepared to be a witness for the prosecution in the midst of the angelic conflict.

Believers in the silver are those who have reached at least the second stage of spiritual adulthood which is spiritual autonomy or spiritual independence and they keep on plugging.

Wood represents humanity or the flesh and those of wood and earthenware are born again believers either in carnality or reversionism.

And there is one vessel for an honorable purpose and one is for a dishonorable purpose.

Most believers enter into religious fanaticism, self-righteous arrogance, Christian activism, and some even assume that violence is a way to solve problems such as blowing up Abortion Clinics, hurting doctors who perform abortions and nurses and workers who help them.

This is the garbage that we are being fed every day from those especially who are suckers to believe in Religion and the fourth estate of the nation which is rightly described as “Fake News.”

And when the savor is gone from the salt then the salt is worthless.

In fact, it's not only worthless but it has a negative impact on the land and it is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men said TLJC.

The word for man is the indefinite pronoun tis which should be translated anyone referring to the born-again believers in the great house or the assembly that you have been called to.

2Ti 2:21  Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself away from these things [the characteristics of the dishonorable vessels, the reversionistic believers], he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified,

The word sanctified refers to progressive sanctification which is the will of God or the agenda of God for all of His children.

They are making progress by means of the perception, metabolization, and application of the word of God, Joh 17:17.

As our Lord said in Joh 17:17 "Sanctify them [progressively] by means of the truth; Your word or doctrine is truth." = known as experiential sanctification.

And that means the believer is beginning to enjoy freedom from the control of the soul by the sin nature.

Freedom from the cosmic system controlling his mind.

Freedom from diabolical influences from principalities and powers.

He has freedom from false doctrine, whether it comes from human viewpoint called doctrines of men in Eph 4:14, or from satanic fronts called doctrines of demons, 1Ti 4:1.

2TI 2:21  Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself away from these things [the characteristics of the dishonorable vessels, the reversionistic believers], he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified [set apart], useful to the Master,

It is the noun skeuos and it means vessel because a vessel is something that is empty and all born again believers are empty when they first become saved and they need to be filled by the power of the Spirit and the intake of doctrine.

Therefore, if the believer makes decisions under perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine, he will add the mind of Christ to his empty vessel.

The word useful is the adjective euchreston which means to be very profitable.

How would you like to be a vessel that hears one day what MAT 25:21 says,  "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.”

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