Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
The first Adam was crucified and nailed to the cross and when our Lord died and was crucified in our place and so did, we die of baptism and identification though our union and baptism with our Lord.
Therefore, when He was crucified, we were crucified with Him.
- The Head and the Body is another description that is used to identify the closeness and the intimacy we can all have with our God if we desire to be close to Him.
The Head = the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Body = every believer in the Church-age.
- The Shepherd and the Sheep.
- The fourth decision that describes the believer is the Vine and the Branches with emphasis on the importance of the unity; Joh 15:1-8.
- The Cornerstone and the building is the fifth description of the Bride (Church) and the Bridegroom, our Lord Jesus Christ.
- The High Priest and the Royal Priesthood describes the privacy we also have with our Lord.
- The Groom and the Bride analogy describes our intimacy with the Lord.
This expresses our royalty.
Notice that in this verse, JOH 2:6, the Lord uses the original Greek language of the noun Hudria which is translated waterpots, 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.
No longer were the Jews to be cleansed by the ceremony of pouring clean water in the vessels or waterpots and wash them and then empty out all of the water and pour new water in the vessel.
They were just to fill the vessel to the brim then pour the pure clean water into the waterpots or vessels but now they could be cleansed by believing upon the Lord and enjoy the life that He gave you.
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.
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 and some will receive rewards, however, the majority will lose their rewards.
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.
Sanctification has three different meanings.
- Positional Sanctification = received at salvation
- Experiential Sanctification = set apart in time.
- Ultimate Sanctification = The final destiny for eternity.
So, some believers are being prepared through progressive sanctification or through the Spirit and the word and have a great impact in history.
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 so, our Lord is a perfect gentleman and never violates our choices or our free will.
And these are even 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.
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, phony, but most of all double-faced.
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.
The point is that every believer has the opportunity to be used by the Lord as gold or silver or precious stones which all glorify the Lord in some way.
Wood represents humanity or the flesh and those of wood and earthenware are born again believers either in carnality or reversionism.
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.
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.
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,
Now, the word sanctified refers again 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 becomes free from the cosmic consensus or the opinion of people without Christ and Christians without doctrine; Rom 12:2.
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.
And the word Master refers to the owner of the house or the vessel who for us is God.
The born-again believers who go for progressive sanctification become a vessel for honor, sanctified [set apart] for a very profitable use by God.
Next, we have the phrase having been prepared [because the verb is in the perfect tense] for every good work.
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] for very profitable use to the Master, having been prepared for every good work.
Good work is “agathon ergon” which doesn’t mean good works in the sense of moral deeds, it means having a positive impact and many profitable accomplishments through the production of divine good.
It means personal impact defined as blessing by association with the mature believer who executes the PPOG through the function of the spiritual mechanics.
This results in PSA 23:5 Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
It means historical impact defined as blessing by association to the Gentile client nation through the formation of the pivot of mature believers.
This principle is mentioned in JOH 8:12 Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
It means international impact and fulfilling the great commission by obeying MAT 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,”
It means heritage impact which is blessing by association with the invisible hero after his death.
So progressive sanctification makes one an honorable vessel.
And the honorable vessel is simply the born-again believer who through PVTD and exploitation of divine grace becomes a vessel of honor.
Juvenile lusts include approbation lust, the need for recognition and approval by your peers….something most pastors desire to have all the time.
It includes power lust which is the worst of all, for almost all other lusts are related to this one, especially if you have any inferiority problems.
It includes stimulation lust which has many parts, in which we cater to the nerve centers and functions of our body in the name of pleasure.
This is sexual lust or lasciviousness.
Mental stimulation or intellectual arrogance.
It includes anger lust or cruelty.
Anger definitely can bring out a cruel streak.
It can also include monetary lust called by the Scripture the “root of all kinds of evil.”
It expresses itself in all the categories of evil.
So, in 2TI 2:22 Now flee from juvenile lusts, and pursue righteousness [experiential righteousness, the divine agenda instead of your own agenda], faith [doctrine], virtue-love and prosperity, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
It means those who exalt rapport with God above rapport with people.
So, Paul says do this with those who attach themselves to the Lord,”
2TI 2:22 Now flee from juvenile lusts, and pursue righteousness [experiential righteousness, the divine agenda instead of your own agenda], faith [doctrine], virtue-love and prosperity, with those who attach themselves to the Lord from a pure heart.
The word pure is the adjective katharas which means a cleansed heart referring to rebound.