to the Master - Part 2
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** 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
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
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
3) faith - pistis or "faithfulness", loyalty, integrity
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.
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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