Many Christians know the teaching in Rom9.21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? But there is other teachings of the potter and the clay.
“Ah, truly,” says Reuss, “if the last word of the Christian revelation is contained in the image of the potter and the clay, it is a bitter derision of all the deep needs and legitimate desires of a soul aspiring towards its God.”
But it is neither the last word, nor the only word; it is not the only word, because in nine–tenths of Scripture it is as wholly excluded from the sphere of revelation as though it had been never revealed at all; and it is not the last word because we read in 2Tim2.21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.
No one need be troubled by this teaching; for the clearest teaching throughout the Bible is Rom10.9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” Hallelujah and Amen.
Published on Monday, November 4, 2013 @ 5:41 AM CDT