2 Timothy 2:20-21
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor…
I. THE VESSELS OF HONOUR ARE ORIGINALLY UNHOLY. Were it not thus, why are we commanded to purge, to cleanse ourselves?
II. THE VESSELS OF HONOUR ARE TO BE PURGED.
III. THE HOLY ARE HONOURABLE.
1. For, are not such the nearest unto the nature of God?
2. Set apart for the most noble ends?
3. Can any else truly hate evil? detest base courses?
4. And who but they shall be crowned with immortal glory?
IV. SANCTIFIED MEN ARE MEET INSTRUMENTS FOR THE USE OF THEIR MASTER.
V. THE LORD HATH USE FOR HIS HOLY VESSELS.
VI. SANCTIFIED PERSONS FOR EVERY GOOD WORK ARE PREPARED. Not for one, but all. They can fast, pray, hear, read, meditate; deny themselves, afflict their souls, give alms, do and suffer anything. What God affirms they believe, what He commands they obey, what He doth they approve.
(J. Barlow, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.