"A Vessel ... Meet for the Master's Use"
1 Chronicles 4:23; Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 18:1-6; Jeremiah 19:11; Matthew 27:7; Matthew 27:10; Acts 9:15; Romans 9:21; Revelation 2:26
This is a small selection of the Scriptures which bear upon this one matter of the potter and his vessel, and the one thing which arises from them is that every vessel made by the potter is an expression of His mind. When you look at any vessel made by an intelligent potter you look through the vessel and see the mind of the one who made it. There is a thought in the form of that vessel, and that, of course, is especially true of God.
You may know that the pottery has a very large history, and we are now in possession of pottery that was made six thousand years ago. Men were making pottery before Abraham was born, and, as we have seen, it has a very large place in the Bible. I had a long list of other passages of Scriptures on this subject, but would not trouble you to look at them.
Let us first look at some of the general features of the passages which we have read.
Firstly, God is represented as a potter.
Secondly, humanity is represented as the clay.
Thirdly, Israel is represented as a vessel chosen by God for a purpose on the earth.
Fourthly, the Church is represented as a vessel chosen by God from eternity for a heavenly purpose.
Fifthly, individuals are spoken of as vessels. Some individuals, like the Apostle Paul, are chosen for a special purpose.
Sixthly, the pattern of God's vessel is His Son, Jesus Christ. The Scripture says that the Church is "foreordained to be conformed to the image of His Son" (Romans 8:29), so that His Son is the pattern to which God is working.
Seventhly, the intelligent worker on the wheels of the potter i the Holy Spirit. He is the driving power of God's purpose.
Eighthly, the wheels themselves are the wheels of circumstance and experience.
Well, those are some general things coming out of these Scriptures, but, as we are laying the foundation for our consideration, we will now come close to the Bible.
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