Vessels of honour

A.W. Pink’s “Studies in the Scripture” magazine had a decreasing number of subscibers much of the time. Pink attributed this to the fact that he did not write articles on the”signs of the times” and the near fulfilment of prophecy. He contented himself with the expounding of scripture and the teaching of christian doctrine and living.

In the same way a “blog” like this may not get a reading because it does not deal in the “hot topics” that concern christians and the church today.

I am not interested in playing “monkey see, monkey do” with the charismatics. I have no time for the health, wealth and prosperity gospel. Most of all I am not interested in any church growth which comes at the expense of truth or by coddling one section or age group while marginalizing others.

Utensils

19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.2 Timothy 2:19-21

If we truly abide in Christ and God is our home what is our purpose springing from this exalted state.

Depending on what metaphor is use in scripture we are not “in Christ” wholly and soley for our own benefit. We saw before that we must bear fruit but in this text we are compared to utensils in a kitchen maybe or some other sort of household article. This of course implies purpose and usage. It also means  that thes thing are for adornment or display, “gold and silver”.

The question is asked what sort of vessels are we? If as this implies we are to make ourselves fit for God’s purposes by turning away from wickedness and sin, are we doing this? Are we the sort of vessel God can use for special purposes or merely for day to day use.

I think anyone who is willing can be a useful vessel in God’s house. Wood and clay in God’s hand can be made into a vessel that would thrill “Antiques Roadshow”. Yet there is always the call to be “Gold or Silver”, “Nearer and Dearer”, ‘Onwards and upwards”.

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The story is that the pope was showing Francis of Assisi through the treasures of the Vatican. He turned to Francis and said” We can no longer say “Silver and gold have we none””. Francis replied ” Nor can we say “Rise up and walk”.

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We all profess that we are bound for heaven, immortality, and glory: but is it any evidence that we really design it if all our thoughts are consumed about the trifles of this world, which we must leave behind us, and have only occasional thoughts of things above?

—John Owen

 

 

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Vessels of honour

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