Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy which He prepared beforehand for glory; Prt 8.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Point 2. Vessels are used to provide an analogy between Bible doctrine and not putting the cart before the horse.
Saul of Tarsus had a world-wide reputation as a ruler among his people and he was famous for his persecution of Christians.
Paul is now declaring that he himself is a captive of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that Jesus Christ is the unique person of the universe.
Between vs 22 and 23,
3 or more years of preparation where Paul learned and lived under the principle of not putting the cart before the horse.
“nor was I taught” – is the aorist tense, the point when the gospel was presented; the passive voice: he received the gospel.
He was not taught but it by other apostles but he got it by means of revelation, which implies direct communication from God.
He went to the Chief Priest and got arrest warrants to go to Damascus so that if he found anyone there belonging to the faith, whether men or women, he could arrest them and bring them to Jerusalem.
God simply gave him the facts and he responded to them and welcomed them with open arms as a host would welcome an honored guest.
All that is required is to be a prepared vessel, make the information clear and people will respond in the own time.
Even our Lord operated under this principle of preparation when He said:
JOH 14:2, “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.”
That He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, we are told which He prepared beforehand for glory,
This is true concerning salvation and it’s also true after salvation, in learning, living, and loving the spiritual life.
COL 2:6, As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
EPH 2:8-9, by grace, through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.
Notice the description of religion – ancestral tradition or religion and tradition from our ancestors is the criterion or the rule.
On his way to Damascus, he was dazed by a blinding flash of light and As he fell to the ground, he heard a voice: “Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?”
In ACT 9:5 He said, “Who are you, Master?” “I am Jesus, the One you’re hunting down. and I want you to get up and enter the city. In the city you’ll be told what to do next.”
Notice after salvation…..what?
“To reveal His Son in me.”