Treasures in Jars of Clay
I’ve had this one for awhile on a piece of paper waiting to be shared and now it’s finally going to see the light of day. Okay maybe that’s not so true as I have shared it with a few friends before.
As you can see the title is “Treasures in Jars of Clay” and it’s taken from 2 Corinthians 4:1-10. I am not going to do it all in one go, but instead take maybe 1-2 verses at a time, so it’ll be broken up into different articles. So with all that said lets begin.
1 “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. ”—2 Corinthians 4:1-2
In verse 1 it says that it is through God’s mercy that we have this ministry, but what ministry is the verse speaking of? Our ministry is to proclaim the gospel. As Paul says in Romans 15:16, “...to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the Gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.”
It also mentions that we do not need to lose heart, but why shouldn’t we lose heart? We shouldn’t lose heart because we are doing it for the Lord and He will strengthen us so that we can do His Will. He has made us competent ministers. In 2 Corinthians 3:6 it says, “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (emphasis added) Also as it says in Jeremiah 1:7-8, “But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.” As long as you speak whatever God tells you to speak and do what He tells you to do then He will help you and so there is no reason for us to lose heart.
In verse 2 it says we have renounced secret and shameful ways. These secret and shameful ways are sin. We should be doing our best to keep sin out of our life. Not just publicly but privately also. It also says that we should not use deception or distort God’s Word. We as men and women of Christ should be careful not to deceive others or distort the Word of God, for if we do we are no better than the prophets of old who twisted the Word of God to sway others and suit their own needs. Instead we should speak the truth plainly. This means not adding or subtracting anything from the Word of God. As mentioned above the Lord told Jeremiah to say exactly what he commanded and what the Lord commands can be found right there in the Bible.
Lastly it says ”_…we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” This means that if we set forth the truth plainly we can appeal to the consience of others. The Word of God has that ability to bring hope, encouragement and even conviction to others. And in this case it will bring conviction to those who have yet to renounce their sins.
So far we’ve covered the first two verses. Next we’ll continue with verses three and four.
Peace and God Bless.