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The riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy which He prepared beforehand for glory; Prt 10.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Doctrine of the Riches of His Glory upon Vessels of Mercy.
Point 1. The Bible uses vessels as a reference to the Doctrine of Election where the believer is said to be a chosen vessel unto God.

PHI 3:6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.

ACT 26:5b, …since they have known about me for a long time previously, if they are willing to testify, that I lived {as} a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our religion.

Point 2. Vessels were used to provide an analogy between the mystery doctrine Bible doctrine resident in the soul and capacity for life among those who are mature believers, EPH 4:22-24; 2CO 4:7-18.

Point 3. Vessels are used to illustrate the principle of not putting the cart before the horse and therefore understanding the importance of understanding the mystery doctrine of the Church-age.

The Church-age, which we are all a part of, and it’s doctrine was never mentioned in Old Testament prophecy but instead was fully developed in the New Testament Epistles. Paul states in ROM 16:25-26, COL 1:25-26 andEPH 3:3-6 that this mystery is now revealed.

Ignorance and arrogance become the two worst enemies of the believer, and cause him to make a wrong assessment of life, and to establish wrong priorities.

ROM 16:25-27, Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past [in the Old Testament], but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets [the New testament prophets], according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith or to the obedience of doctrine; to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.

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