A VESSEL TO HONOR
II Timothy 2:20-26
INTRODUCTION: Every believer should have that
compelling desire to be used of God in whatever way He
chooses. The flow of II Tim. 2 moves from the call
"to be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."
(2:1) to being "a workman who does not need to be
ashamed" (15) in order to be "useful to the Master,
prepared for every good work."
To be used of God
To sing, to speak, to pray.
To be used of God
To show someone the way.
I long so much to feel
The touch of His consuming fire,
To be used of God is my desire.
In this passage the Apostle Paul uses the figure of a
vessel to describe Christians.
In Romans 9:21 Paul mentioned the Purpose of the
Romans 9:21, "Does not the potter have power over the
clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor
and another for dishonor?"
This passage reminds us of our utter dependence on
God's enabling grace and power in order to minister.
"dishonor" - translates common uses.
In 2 Cor. 4:7 Paul mentions the Power of the Potter.
2 Corinthians 4:7, " But we have this treasure in
earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may
be of God and not of us."
In II Tim. 2:20 Paul used the "great house" or large
house to illustrate owners of affluent and which had
many occupants, many rooms, many furnishings. The
"great house" would, therefore, represent the entire
church of God, the body of Christ, composed of all
true believers, the "vessels" which represents
individual believers, the honorable gold and silver
vessels and the dishonorable vessels of wood and
"Vessels" - was used of a wide variety of domestic
implements, utensils, and furnishings, including
furniture and tools. In this text it is believed that
Paul had serving vessels in mind. Articles made of
gold and silver are more valuable and presentable than
those of wood and clay. The former would be
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