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Vessel Unto Honor

2 Timothy 2:21 KJV

[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.


If a man therefore purge himself from these,.... That is, if a man clears himself, and keeps himself clear from such men as Hymenaeus and Philetus, who are comparable to wooden and earthen vessels, and are dishonourable ones; if he shuns their defiling company, and polluting principles; if he keeps clear of their heresies, and is not carried away with the errors of these wicked men, and is not drawn aside by them into immoral practices, but stands fast in the faith, and departs from iniquity:


He shall be a vessel unto honour; he will be made manifest, and appear to be a vessel chosen to honour; and will be an honourable member of the church here, and will be honoured by Christ hereafter:


To be a vessel unto honor a Christian servant should exhibit these criteria:

  • He is sanctified: he will appear to be one that is set apart by God the Father, and whose sins are purged away by the blood of Christ, and who is sanctified internally by the Spirit of God; for external holiness springs from internal holiness, and is, an evidence of it:


  • He meet for the master's use: the use and service of Christ, who is the master of the house; either for the ministry of the word, the administration of ordinances, or for some service or another e.g. music ministry, which he calls him to, and employs him in.


  • He is prepared unto every good work; which an unregenerate man is not; he is to every good work reprobate; he is not capable of performing good works; he is not prepared for them, nor ready at them; but a true believer, one that is regenerated, and sanctified by the Spirit of God, he is created in Christ Jesus unto good works; and has in the performing of them right principles, aims, and ends, as well as a supply of grace, by which he is enabled to do them.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible (Public Domain) italics mine.


Like a vessel fashioned by the Master’s hand,

Tho’ your place be lowly, be ye cleaned and holy;

That among His chosen you in truth may stand,

Let the Master use you in His work today.


Refrain

Like a vessel fashioned by His hand,

Let the Master find a use for you;

Pure and sweet and holy keep your heart for Him;

Jesus wants you to be true.


Come, your all surrender to the God of grace,

In your needy hour He can give you power;

Made a worthy vessel, fill your waiting place,

Let the Master use you in His work today.


Yield to Him the talents of your life so fair,

Follow as He leads you to the one who needs you,

If you would be worthy in His love to share,

Let the Master use you in His work today.


Let the Master Use You

Author: Laurene Highfield

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