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Old 05-13-2020, 06:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: Vessels To Contain God?

Actually Romans 9 is not about man becoming a vessel to contain God. The emphases is not on the vessels, it is on the potter, the maker of the vessels. The emphasis is on the wrath, mercy and ultimate sovereignty that God has over the vessels.
So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. (vr 16)
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? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory (vrs 21-23)
Please take special note: "Has the potter no right" - "What if God" - "Which he has prepared". I believe the teachings of Nee/Lee place too much emphases on the vessels, and not the one who created, who formed and who sovereignly decides the function, and even the ultimate destiny, of the vessels. In short, Lee's teachings are man-centered, but the teaching of the apostle Paul in Romans 9 are God-centered.

There are other places in the New Testament that do teach about man ostensibly "containing" God, but they do not place the ultimate emphasis on man, but on God himself. "Christ in you the hope of glory" (Col 1:27) Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? (1 Cor 3:16)
Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (Ephesians 3:21)
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