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20 [But] in a great house

[there] are not only vessels

 of gold and silver,

[but also] of wood and clay,

some for honor [and]

some for dishonor.

 21 [Therefore] if anyone cleanses himself from the latter,

he will be a vessel for honor,

sanctified and useful for the Master,

prepared for every good work.


 

But in a great house Represents the world, great probably means big, so in the whole or big world
  literal
There are not only vessels Vessels is reference to people, there are not only people, vessels compared to people because they are worthy of what is inside of them. It is according to the content. Just as a person
  Vessel (a man of quality, a chosen instrument),goods, we are Gods Vessels we are his goods he owns us
Of gold and silver Literal, why gold and silver possibly because of the value, or purity, scarceness, or hard work it takes to make these products. Just as it is hard to find Christians today
   
But also of wood and clay Literal. Why wood and clay, possibly because of the opposite of above, they are easy to find, not so worth because great resource of the product, not pure. Just as sinners
   
Some for honor Honor is a high regard or to be lifted up in service that one gives to the lord. Regard given to the Christian that serves rightly
  of the honour which one has by reason of rank and state of office which he holds
Some for dishonor Low regard one that does not serve the lord or not the right way, or even a Christian that has fallen off
  disgrace
Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter Cleanses as meaning at wash, or rid oneself of the dirt of unrighteousness.  So you should rid yourself of the filth and dirt of dishonor
   
He will be a vessel of honor Vessel (people), You will be a person of greta regard in the kingdom. Great things will come to he that follows the above
   
Sanctified and useful for the master Sanctified means to be pure and right in there way as a Christian, master is regard to God. Pure and useful for the works of God
  to separate from profane things and dedicate to God
Prepared for every good work Prepared is to be trained or made ready Good work is the works that God has in store for you
   
   

 

 

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

a. But in a great house: Paul just used the picture of God’s building (the solid foundation of God stands). Now he thinks of that building as a great house that has a variety of vessels in it – bowls, plates, vases, and other such things.

i. The church of God is indeed a great house.

       It is a great house because of who it belongs to. The house of our great God is certainly a great house.

       It is a great house because it is planned and designed on a great scale. It has the most brilliant Architect and houses a great multitude of the greatest people to ever walk the earth.

       It is a great house because of the great cost it took to build it. This is a mansion far more valuable than any real estate on earth, built by the great work of Jesus on the cross.

       It is a great house because of its importance. This house and what happens in it is at the center of God’s plan of the ages. The business of this house is more important than any of the trivia most of the world is interested it.

b. Vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay: Some of these vessels are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. Some are used on occasions of great honor (the gold and silver vessels), and some are used for dishonor - such as a garbage bin or an ashtray.

c. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from the latter: The latter things are the things of dishonor mentioned in 2 Timothy 2:20. If we cleanse ourselves from dishonorable things, God will regard us as vessels of honor, sanctified and useful for the Master.

d. If anyone cleanses himself: Paul spoke about a cleansing that isn’t just something God does for us as we sit passively. This is a self-cleansing for service that goes beyond a general cleansing for sin.

i. There is a main aspect of cleansing which comes to us as we trust in Jesus and His work on our behalf. This work of cleansing is really God’s work in us and not our work. This is the sense of 1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

ii. But there is another aspect of cleansing which God looks for us to do with the participation of our own will and effort. Not that it is our work apart from God, but it is a work that awaits our will and effort: If anyone cleanses himself. This aspect of cleansing is mostly connected with usefulness for service, and closeness to God.

iii. “Oh, happy be you that you be now in this scouring-house; for shortly you shall be set upon the celestial shelf as bright as angels.” (Trapp)

e. Sanctified and useful: Sanctified means set apart, just as much as there are certain bowls and plates that we use more than others, or are set aside to some honorable purpose, so some people are more sanctified and useful to God than others. They are more prepared for every good work than others.

i. We must never think that some Christians are better than others, or that some have passed into a place where they are super-spiritual. However, we must also realize that some Christians are more able to be used by God than others, because they have cleansed themselves, and made themselves more usable to God.

f. Prepared for every good work: We must not think of being usable primarily in the sense of serving in the church. God wants to use His people for every good work, including those at the workplace, the school, in the home, in the community. This happens as one will cleanse himself and set yourself aside to God as a vessel for honor.

i. There is a large sense in which it is left to us how we want to be used by God. We have the potential to be used as a vessel of honor or as a vessel of dishonor. According to this picture, we could be a gold platter in the house of God, beautifully displaying the fruit of the Spirit. Or we could be an ashtray or a garbage can in God’s house.

ii. Your conduct - clean or unclean; set apart to God or not set apart to God; useful to Jesus or not useful to Jesus - really matters. It greatly effects how God can use you and will use you to touch the lives of others.

2 Timothy 2:20

In a great house (en megalhi oikiai).

Metaphor of a palace. He doubtless has the Kingdom of God in mind, but he works out the metaphor of a great house of the rich and mighty.

Vessels (skeuh).

Old word skeuov. See Romans 9:21 for the same double use as here.

Of gold (xrusa).

Old contracted adjective xruseov, only here by Paul.

Of silver (argura).

Old contracted adjective argureov, in N.T. here, Acts 19:24; Revelation 9:20.

Of wood (xulina).

Old adjective, in N.T. only here and Revelation 9:20.

Of earth (ostrakina).

Late adjective, from ostrakon, baked clay, in LXX, in N.T. only here and 2 Corinthians 4:7.

2 Timothy 2:21

If a man purge himself (ean tiv ekkatarhi).

Paul drops the metaphor of the house and takes up the individual as one of the "vessels." Condition of third class with first aorist active subjunctive of ekkatairw, old verb, to cleanse out, in LXX, in N.T. only here and 1 Corinthians 5:7.

From these (apo toutwn).

From the vessels for dishonour of verse 2 Timothy 2:20.

Sanctified (hgiasmenon).

Perfect passive participle of agiazw, for which verb see 1 Corinthians 6:11.

Meet for the master's use (euxrhston twi despotwi).

Dative case despothi (for which word see 1 Timothy 6:1) with euxrhston, neuter singular like hgiasmenon agreeing with skeuov. Old verbal adjective (eu and xraomai, to use well), useful or usable for the master. In N.T. only here and 4:11. See axrhston in :.

Prepared (htoimasmenon).

Perfect passive participle of etoimazw, in a state of readiness, old and common word, elsewhere by Paul only 1 Corinthians 2:9 (LXX).


Written When- 67 AD Christians were being persecuted by the romans. Nero even set the city on fire blaming them

Why- Paul wrote to Timothy to come and see him before he died. He was also warning him that his teaching will become under attack by the people wanting to hear what they want to hear.

What is important for the people to get from this message- There are many vessel but what type of vessel do we represent.

CIT- Vessels

Sermon Outline

What Shall We See in Heaven Gold and Silver or Wood and Clay

1.      Vessels of dishonor

a.      Wood and Clay

                                                              i.      Large quantity

                                                            ii.      Not pure

                                                          iii.      Will burn or break

b.      Sinner, and astray Christian

2.      Vessels of honor

a.      Gold and Silver

                                                              i.      Pure of great quality

                                                            ii.      Demand for it

                                                          iii.      Will stand the test of time

b.      Christian portrayed in Jesus Christ

3.      The Masters masterpiece

a.      Master made all materials

                                                              i.      He made everyone

                                                            ii.      But gave us a choice

b.      Master Molds each to the perfect vessel

We have seen the news for the past few days with the fires in California. We have seen peoples houses burned, cars burned, and seen them lose all that they had. But what was truly valuable to them in there houses is probably different for each of them. We all have special things in our lives that mean more than other items in our lives. But this brings up a point that Paul told timothy in  2 Timothy, He told Timothy that there are different types of vessels in a house. We see the first two are gold, and silver. Then the last two are wood, and clay. We can almost instantly notice one difference in the two and it’s the value. Gold, and silver are much more valuable than wood and clay. But there are also more differentiating factors in them both. Gold and silver are shiny, must be heated to create a form, they are pure, and scarce you can only find them in certain locations. This is what we will talk about today. The difference between them and the contrast to them and the Christina life. I have 5 points I would like to point out about us as a Christian, or if you have not accepted Christ what you are missing. We see that Paul tells timothy that there are these vessels, and vessels are goods that is in this house. It is just as all the people in this big world. We have different types. We have the Christian, and the Non Christian. Its that simple you are either one or the other. There is no in between. I want to show the difference between the both of them in the following 5 points. First lets look at the scarcity of the silver and gold. We can not fid them every where we go. If we did the value of It would greatly drop. But wood, and earth can pretty much be found any where you go. Just as with the Christian and non Christian. There are a lot of people saved but it is not even a drop in a bucket. We can tell that by looking at the churches, and the baptism trend for the past few years. But we can find a lot of people who do not want anything to do with the word God, or Jesus. Secondly, gold, and silver are pure, unlike wood and earth. Wood and earth is impure objects they have different materials combined into both of them. If you were to buy wood for burning you would not care if there was dirt on it, if you bought dirt to fill a hole you would not care if it was mixed with rock or other things. But if you bought a new silver or gold ring you would not expect it to be blemished with any other material. If it was you most likely would not buy it. Christians are the same way we are pure not on our own or by our doing. But by redemption, and by grace in Jesus Christ. He paid the price for us that we may be pure in the fathers eyes. With out him we would be just as the dirt, or wood. Gold and silver are shiny if they are polished. Earth and wood is dull, and will remain dull unless you disguise it with lacquer, or wax. We see this today in the world. We see people confessing that they are Christians but there actions show other wise. But as a Christian we are polished by God during our trials. He is polishing us in our walk to be a brighter reflection of himself. As a Christian our life should reflect an image of God. That leads us to the final point. Gold and silver are heated and formed into the image that the creator wants. So are we formed into Gods image. Who is the maker that is forming you today. Is it God or the devil. It is one or the other there is no in between. If you are not being formed by God then the devil is forming you. I spoke on these five points what vessel are you today. Are you gold, and silver being formed in Gods image, shining for God, living a pure life, and standing the test of time. Or are you as the wood and clay following the world being one of the majority, living a dull life of un assurance of whose you are and where you are going. If you are a Christian that has fallen off and forgotten that you are Gods he is your maker and he is the one that desires to hold you close to him call upon him today and I ssure he will ansew witout hasitation. Or are you the one that is stratling the fence thinking it is sufficaint. Or are you one that has never asked God for salvation and a pure life. God will toss the wood, and clay into the fire and it will be burnt and forgotten but the Vessels of gold, and silver will be in his great house and shine brightly never forgotten but always polished. Lets make sure we leave here today as vessels of Honro and Glory in Gods name so that he may use you.

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