A SPECIAL VESSEL FOR GOD
II Timothy 2:20-26
July 19, 1992
INTRODUCTION: Have you ever heard someone make the statement,
"Now there's one special Christian." In this passage, the
Apostle Paul describes a "great house," which is a metaphor for
the church. In this church, Paul sees two types of vessels.
There is vessels of honor and vessels of dishonor. The vessels
of honor being gold and silver, while the vessels of dishonor
are wood and earth. The challenge of this passage is for all
vessels to be to honor. In Acts 9:15, Jesus referred to Paul as
a "chosen vessel unto me." Every Christian is a chosen vessel
unto Him. The question is, "Are we to honor or to dishonor?"
It is apparent when God has a chosen vessel. For instance, Rev.
Sam Jones, the Methodist powerhouse, D.L. Moody, Billy Sunday,
or even more recent, Dr. Billy Graham. These are men that
allowed God to use them to their fullest potential as vessels
If I know my heart, I desire to be a vessel unto honor, special
in the sense of obedience. These truths will point us in the
direction of receiving instruction to becoming "Special Vessels
I. AN ASHAMED VESSEL. v.20
"dishonor" - depicts the low value of
the vessels rather than the possibility
of bringing dishonor to their owners.
It is in reference to undedicated
In God's great house there are both
dedicated Christians and undedicated
Text refers to them as "wood" and
"earth." In I Cor. 3, the Bible talks
about different kinds of works.
I Cor. 3:12-13, "Now if any man build
upon this foundation gold, silver,
precious stones, wood, hay, stubble-
Every man's work shall be made
manifest; for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire;
and the fire shall test every man's
work of what sort it is."
Here the passage refers to different
kinds of workers; servants. Workers
unto honor and workers unto dishonor.
The context makes it clear that the
Master desires to use all of the
vessels, but some of the vessels are
chipped or a little dirty. They must
first be cleansed or amended before
they can serve their God-intended pu ...
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