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Useful to the Master - Part 2

WISE CORRECTION           Page 3
V.21 (cont'd.)

** Now back in verse 21, what are the three attributes of someone who is a vessel of honor?

A vessel of honor is:
1) sanctified - set apart [hagiazo], both from sin and unto God.
cf. 1Thessalonians 4:3 & 7

2) useful to the Master - God purchased us to be used for His glory!
cf. 1Corinthians 6:19-20

3) prepared for every good work - willing to serve comes from hetoimazo, which means "eager" and always ready to serve the Lord. cf. Matthew 20:28

V.22 ** Wanting to become an honorable vessel is a note worthy goal, Paul now gives us the five steps to doing just that. The first is in the negative form and the remaining four in the positive. What is the first step?

1) "Now flee from youthful lusts..." this includes sinful sexual desire, but goes way beyond that. Can you name other forms of youthful lust?

Pride, craving for wealth and power, inordinate ambition, jealousy, envy, an argumentative and a self-assertive spirit.

All of these and more, we are to flee from when we are tempted by them!
cf. 1Timothy 6:10-11

** What are the remaining four steps?

Now in the positive or imperative form, these are commands for us as honorable vessels. While we are fleeing youthful lusts, we must pursue...

2) righteousness - Staying in the Word cf. Matthew 6:33 and Psalm 119:9-11

3) faith - pistis or "faithfulness", loyalty, integrity and trustworthiness.
cf. Romans 3:3, Galatians 5:22 and Matthew 23:23

4) love - this is the agape love that focuses on the welfare of the one loved, not on self-gratification or self-fulfillment. cf. Romans 5:8

5) peace - is the word that we get "serene" from and has in mind harmonious relationships between men and God and between men and men. cf. Romans 12:18

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