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Msg #1831 The Potters House

Msg #1831 The Potters House

What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

Msg #1831 The Potters House

What The Bible Says

Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice

 

God took Jeremiah to the potter's house to see some things that would cause him to hear God's words (Jeremiah 18). Evangelist Engesath, masterpotterministries.com, took us there Sunday for the same reason. The potter takes clay through eight stages to make a vessel meet for the master's use and prepared unto every good work (2Timothy 2:21). We too are made of clay and it is no coincidence that these eight refinements align with God's steps for our sanctification from 2Peter. The potter digs clay out of a pit like faith set our feet upon a rock when we believed God's Word (Psalm 40:1). The potter weathers the clay with water removing impurities like hiding God's Word in our heart adds to our faith virtue. He violently wedges the clay to homogenize and remove air-pockets like studying God's Word adds knowledge. After the clay is cut and wedged it is rested like meditating on God's Word adds temperance. These four sanctification processes involve absorbing God's pure words. They do not build in a column like we read them, but are layered like staggered bricks where three faiths hold up two virtues which hold one knowledge. The next four stages involve being a doer of the Word. After it is rested clay is shaped on the wheel like thankful trials add to our temperance patience (James 1:3-4). If marred it is re-wedged. The earthen vessel is now low-fired in a furnace to crystallize its chemistry like we add Godliness by our contented devotion and worship. A covering glaze is added like we are robed in righteousness (Isaiah 61:10) and add brotherly kindness. Finally the vessel is high-fired in the furnace, the glaze is bond with the clay like we add charity that never faileth. Wherever you are at, keep adding, keep building.

 

An Essay for week #31 Aug 5, 2018

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