Tag: jars of clay
Scripture reading for August 23rd: Jeremiah 18-22
Key Scriptures: Jeremiah 18:3-6 “So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the Word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.”
Jeremiah was sent by God to the potters house for an object lesson. As he watched the potter work with the clay, the marred clay made a vessel that was not acceptable. The potter then reformed the clay into another pot and tried to work the marred spot out. God said that Israel and His people were like the clay in His hands. He would do with them as He alone knew best!
Thankful for a Wise Potter: “But Bod, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2nd Corinthians 4:6-7)
Scripture reading for August 2nd: 2nd Corinthians 4
Key Scriptures for over-comers: 2nd Corinthians 4:6-7 “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
God spoke over the formless and empty earth and the power in His Word created light out of the darkness! Light is amazing, traveling at 186,000 miles per second. It is pure energy that illumines our world. The light from the sun, our closest star, takes about 9 minutes to get here from 93,000,000 miles away! Paul quoted Genesis and used the ability of God to create light to show how He gives us the knowledge of the Glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ! The god of this world, Satan, blinds the minds of unbelievers (2nd Corinthians 4:4) and hides the gospel light of the glory of Christ. Believers have this treasure, the knowledge of the glory of God in Christ, in earthen vessels or jars of clay. We are only containers, not creators of this amazing treasure!
Observations for over-comers: Over-comers are new creations of God who has illuminated their souls with the revelation of the glory of Jesus Christ. We are humbled by God’s amazing grace and this light in our souls! “Praise to You, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.” (1st Chronicles 29:10-11)
Scripture reading for August 3rd: 2nd Corinthians 4
Paul likened each believer to a “jar of clay” that contained an amazing treasure–the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ! This knowledge came from faith and God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. Paul stated that God put this treasure in frail human vessels for a purpose: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2nd Corinthians 4:7) God specializes in using our weakness to show His strength!
Paul explained that persecution and hardship are often the lot of believers and ministers of Christ. “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body,” (2nd Corinthians 4:8-10) In spite of hardships and suffering, Christ enables His disciples to keep a good attitude and persevere through the suffering!
According to Paul, the secret of perseverance in trials was to stand in faith and speak faith! “It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the One who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in His presence.” (2nd Corinthians 4:13-14) No matter whether they lived or died, Christ would be faithful to His Word!
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2nd Corinthians 4:16-17)
Scripture reading for August 30th: 2nd Corinthians 4:1-12
Paul’s encouraging words about transformation by the Holy Spirit could have brought some spiritual pride. Paul wanted none of that in his life or the Corinthians! This ‘glory transformation’ was a gift to each believer because of God’s mercy. Paul preached the straight Gospel of Jesus Christ as Lord with no underlying motives of gain or manipulation. He appealed to men’s consciences in the power of the Holy Spirit seeking their salvation and transformation.
There were some who would not believe. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2nd Corinthians 4:4) The Light of the World is Jesus Christ. The god of this world is the prince of darkness who blinds men to Christ’s glory. Men loved darkness, but God sent His greatest Light in His Son!
“We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be revealed in our body.” (2nd Corinthians 4:7-10) God has placed His Holy Spirit in us as this fragrance of life. Our human bodies are like jars of clay, fragile and breakable. Our life as ministers here on earth can bring lots of physical buffeting. It certainly did to Paul, but he understood the nature of his physical body. It was just a container of the glory of Christ! Christ’s glory was revealed to a greater degree as the troubles and pressures came.
Paul learned to walk by faith and not by sight. He knew that if he focused on the troubles and trials, he would be easily discouraged. He focused on the unseen world of the Spirit that was eternal, and not on his ‘clay pot’. This is a secret for our success as well. We have a wonderful treasure in the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is able to renew us day by day, using the troubles we face to bring ever-increasing glory! Soon our jar of clay will be transformed into a glorious body! Hallelujah!