Articles of Clay

Palatino Linotype – (I watched the super bowl and cheered in favor of the underdogs, they did not win, but they did not dissapoint, either. The puppies are doing well, pretty soon they’ll be walking, talking, and having too much fun to listen. As it is, they’re begining to open their eyes for the first time!)

Romans 9:22-26, ” 22What if God, choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 23What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— 24even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25As he says in Hosea:
   “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people;
      and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,” 26and,
   “It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them,
      ‘You are not my people,’
   they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’ “”

I’ve met a fair few who literally believe that the God of the Old Testament isn’t the God of the New Testament. Some of them say that they are two entirely different deities. Still, I know that God doesn’t change. We may not see that side of God that plagued Egypt and settled Israel into the land of Canaan, but it is still there. In fact, we will see it when the book of Revelation comes to pass.

God put the system in place knowing that He would sacrifice Jesus’ blood to pay the debt of sin. Some people refuse to be saved by it and choose to pay their own way only to find out that they can’t cover the full cost. These are the objects of his wrath that have been prepared for destruction. It’s a hard thing to swallow, not everybody will be saved,  but everybody can be saved. It’s up to them.

2 Timothy 2:20-21, ” 20In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”

All of us are articles of clay, pots made for a particular use but have been put to other use by our corrupted nature. The good news is that we don’t have to always be an article of ignoble use, but we can be made holy and cleaned to become articles of noble use. No longer would we be prepared for destruction, but prepared for glory and to do any good work.

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