A VESSEL UNTO HONOR

 

2 Tim 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself

           from these, he shall be a vessel

           unto honour, sanctified, and meet

           for the master's use, and prepared

           unto every good work. (KJV)

Eph 2:10

         For we are his workmanship, created

         in Christ Jesus unto good works,

         which God hath before ordained that

         we should walk in them. (KJV)

 

1. When a person is born again the dead

spirit is quickened.

 

 It died when Adam sinned.

 

2.The Holy Spirit comes in.

 

3. A new nature is given.

 

 2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us

             exceeding great and precious

             promises: that by these ye might

             be partakers of the divine

             nature, having escaped the

             corruption that is in the world

             through lust. (KJV)

 

4. A new creature is created.

 

  2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in

             Christ, he is a new creature:

             old things are passed away;

             behold, all things are become new.

 

6. The new nature takes residence in the old frame.

 

7. The new nature is uncomfortable in the old frame.

 

Therefore some adjustments must be made.

 

8. And the believer begins the process of

   sanctification. Purging and filling.

 

That he may be made a vessel unto honor.

It is the intent of God that every believer

be a vessel unto honor.

 

9. Jesus died for that reason.

   2 Cor 5:21

              For he hath made him to be sin

              for us, who knew no sin; that

              we might be made the

              righteousness of God in him.

             

   1 Peter 2:24

               Who his own self bare our

                sins in his own body on the

                tree, that we, being dead to

                sins, should live unto

                righteousness: by whose

                stripes ye were healed.

 

Every believer must submit to the purging and filling process to accommodate the new nature and become a vessel of honor.

 

Eph 4:21‑32

 

There are several areas that must be brought into this process of cleansing and filling.

 

I. THE MIND

 

   Is the new nature pleased with your

   thought life?

   Everything we do begins with a thought.

 

   Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this

            world: but be ye transformed by

            the renewing of your mind, that

            ye may prove what is that good,

            and acceptable, and perfect, will

            of God.

 

   2 Cor 10:5

             Casting down imaginations, and

              every high thing that exalteth

              itself against the knowledge of

              God, and bringing into

              captivity every thought to the

              obedience of Christ;

 

  1 Peter 4:1

              Forasmuch then as Christ hath

              suffered for us in the flesh,

              arm yourselves likewise with

              the same mind: for he that hath

              suffered in the flesh hath

              ceased from sin;

 

One must purge the mind of selfish thoughts that filled the mind before and fill the mind with thoughts pleasing to God.

 

Phil 4:8  8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever

           things are true, whatsoever things

           are honest, whatsoever things are

           just, whatsoever things are pure,

           whatsoever things are lovely,

           whatsoever things are of good

           report; if there be any virtue,

           and if there be any praise, think

           on these things.

 

 Only when the thought life of the believer

is pleasing to God can the individual have

peace. The Holy Spirit will continually

protest that which is not pleasing.

 

The new nature will continually protest that

which is not yet conformed to the new nature.

 

Rom 8:6

        For to be carnally minded is death;

        but to be spiritually minded is life

        and peace. (KJV)

 

II. THE FLESH or members must be conformed to the new nature.

 

This pertains of coarse to actions of the believer.

 

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ:

         nevertheless I live; yet not I, but

         Christ liveth in me: and the life

         which I now live in the flesh I live

         by the faith of the Son of God, who

         loved me, and gave himself for me.

       

1 Cor 6:15

          Know ye not that your bodies are

           the members of Christ? shall I

           then take the members of Christ,

           and make them the members of an

           harlot? God forbid.

 

1 Cor 6:19

          What? know ye not that your body

           is the temple of the Holy Ghost

           which is in you, which ye have of

           God, and ye are not your own?

          

Matt 5:29‑30 29 And if thy right eye offend

             thee, pluck it out, and cast it

             from thee: for it is profitable

             for thee that one of thy members

             should perish, and not that thy

             whole body should be cast into

             hell.

             30 And if thy right hand offend

             thee, cut it off, and cast it

             from thee: for it is profitable

             for thee that one of thy members

             should perish, and not that thy

             whole body should be cast into

             hell.

 

Rom 12:1

         I beseech you therefore, brethren,

         by the mercies of God, that ye

         present your bodies a living

         sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto

         God, which is your reasonable

         service.

 

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world

          of iniquity: so is the tongue among

          our members, that it defileth the

          whole body, and setteth on fire the

          course of nature; and it is set on

          fire of hell.

 

Rom 6:4‑23

God wants to make a clean vessel for His

glory with your life.

Peace can only come as one yields to the Holy Spirit and commits his members to God.

 

Let go of the old nature. Give way to God let Him accomplish His perfection in you.

 

Phil 4:9 Those things, which ye have both

         learned, and received, and heard,

         and seen in me, do: and the God of

         peace shall be with you. (KJV)

 

1 Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do

             good; let him seek peace, and

             ensue it. (KJV)

 

III. FRIENDS AND COMPANIONS

 

I Cor 5:9‑11  9 I wrote unto you in an

             epistle not to company with

             fornicators:

             10 Yet not altogether with the

             fornicators of this world, or

             with the covetous, or

             extortioners, or with idolaters;

             for then must ye needs go out of

             the world.

             11 But now I have written unto

             you not to keep company, if any

             man that is called a brother be

             a fornicator, or covetous, or an

             idolater, or a railer, or a

             drunkard, or an extortioner;

             with such an one no not to eat.

            

1 Cor 15:33 Be not deceived: evil

            communications corrupt good

            manners. (KJV)

 

2 Cor 6:14‑15

             14 Be ye not unequally yoked

              together with unbelievers: for

              what fellowship hath

              righteousness with

              unrighteousness? and what

              communion hath light with

              darkness?

              15 And what concord hath Christ

              with Belial? or what part hath

              he that believeth with an

              infidel? (KJV)

 

2 Cor 6:17

          Wherefore come out from among

           them, and be ye separate, saith

           the Lord, and touch not the

           unclean thing; and I will receive

           you, (KJV)

 

Eph 5:6‑7 

         6 Let no man deceive you with vain

          words: for because of these things

          cometh the wrath of God upon the

          children of disobedience.

           7 Be not ye therefore partakers

          with them. (KJV)

 

1 Tim 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man,

           neither be partaker of other men's

           sins: keep thyself pure. (KJV)

 

2 John 1:10‑11

              10 If there come any unto you,

               and bring not this doctrine,

               receive him not into your

               house, neither bid him God

               speed:

               11 For he that biddeth him God

               speed is partaker of his evil

               deeds. (KJV)

 

We all need companionship.

 

This is the nature of being human.

God wants most of us to have a life long companion in a wife. (Some are eunuchs)

But beside the wife there are friendships and acquaintances.

 

 

We are social beings to say the least.

We are generally known by the company we keep.

 

The new nature is offended by the actions and language of most non‑believers.

 

 

The new nature seeks fellowship with

believers for strength and encouragement.

 

Prov 13:20 He that walketh with wise men

           shall be wise: but a companion of

           fools shall be destroyed. (KJV)

 

Ps 55:14

         We took sweet counsel together, and

         walked unto the house of God in

         company. (KJV)

 

 

 

Ps 119:63

          I am a companion of all them that

          fear thee, and of them that keep

          thy precepts. (KJV)

 

Ps 133:1‑3 

          1 Behold, how good and how

           pleasant it is for brethren to

           dwell together in unity!

            2 It is like the precious

           ointment upon the head, that ran

           down upon the beard, even Aaron's

           beard: that went down to the

           skirts of his garments;

            3 As the dew of Hermon, and as

           the dew that descended upon the

           mountains of Zion: for there the

           LORD commanded the blessing,

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