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The riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy which He prepared beforehand for glory; Prt 13.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Point 3. Vessels as they were used in the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Vessels were used as jars which were usually found in the kitchen for the preservation of food in the ancient world.

As a prepared vessel, the believer who is a full-time, full pledged, vessel of honor, operates as a preservative in the sense of MAT 5:13-14.

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.”

MAT 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

The full-time, full-fledged, vessel of honor will have times when he experiences the feelings of low self-esteem.

Many times God allows believers, who may not even know that they are being used by Satan and the kingdom of darkness, to pressure other believers so that they will recover from their apostasy of fallen away from the Lord.

PSA 31:12 I am forgotten as a dead man, out of mind, I am like a broken vessel.
PSA 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.
JOH 12:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

There are many believers who are involved with such things as hurting other believers for “the cause of Christ” and do not even realize it.

JOH 16:2 “They will make you outcasts from the synagogue, but an hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God.”

For the believer who realizes that he is to be a full-time, full-fledged, vessel of honor, the plan of God requires brokenness and death.

Those feelings of death, failure, defeat, are all a blessing in disguise.

Some believers struggle all their life not knowing that they do not have what it takes that which God demands from them.

They will meet the challenge by understanding where they get their power and resources from.

GEN 2:7 The Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.Life – chay – in the plural = the breath of live(s). Two lives were breathed into Adam’s nostrils, soul life and his spiritual life.

As a result of the fall of Adam he died spiritually,
GEN 2:16-17. Spiritual death is the loss of the human spirit and as a result of sin both Adam and the woman became dichotomous, having just a body and soul.
JOB 27:3 For as long as life is in me, And the breath of God is in my nostrils,
JOB 32:8 “But it is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.”
2TI 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

God has chosen to use and limit Himself to, because of the Angelic Conflict, is found under the principle of theopneustos which means breathing in and breathing out, and therefore God-breathed.

“Inspired by God” -nominative singular adjective Theópneustos
Theo = God
pneo = to breathe.Â
Breathing means inhale and exhale.

There are many translations which translate this passage by that exact word, “All Scripture is God-breathed” referring to the doctrine of inspiration.

2TI 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is profitable

The greatest profit and wealth in the world is contained in the Bible.

“For teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;”

It is the teaching of Bible doctrine or the power of the word of God which performs all of these things.

First, the inhale is the ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who communicates to the human author and teacher God’s complete and consistent message to that generation and all future generations of history.

Jesus Christ did not personally write any of the scriptures; it is His mind and His thinking written by men who had old sin natures.

2CO 13:4 For indeed He was crucified because of weakness, yet He lives because of the power of God.

For we also are weak in Him, yet we shall live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you.

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