Westside Baptist Church of York  
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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor


“ ... the vessels of mercy ..."


Those who know God and His Son Jesus Christ are referred to in the Bible by a variety of descriptive titles and names. It is both pleasant and profitable to ponder the various nuances of these names, for each of them focus on a particular blessing that belongs to them. They are called “the children of God,” “God's elect,” “heirs of the kingdom,” “Christ's sheep,” “the called,” “disciples of Christ,” “and “the wheat,” to mention but a few. Yet another title given them is “vessels of mercy.” The word vessels is used with reference to the Divine Potter who fashions containers out of clay, some for common use, and some for special use. Mankind is made out of earth; humans are made out of humus. We are all clay vessels, and the Bible refers to some as “vessels of wrath” and to others as “vessels of mercy.” All of us are depraved and sinful vessels, and as such deserve God's wrath and righteous retribution for the multitude of our sinful thoughts, attitudes, words, and deeds. In Psalm 2 God the Father speaks to His Son, Jesus Christ, saying, “You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel.” This is what we all deserve, and what, in fact, the majority will everlastingly suffer. But God has mercy on whom He will have mercy (Romans 9:15), and mercy is what delivers people from incurring the misery to which they are liable. The mercy which God bestows upon sinners is only mediated to them through the perfect righteousness and substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Mercy is not mediated except through faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ. If earthenware containers like us will not repent of our sins and trust in the Lord we will be filled to the brim with Divine wrath. But all who do repent and believe will be filled to the brim with Divine mercy, with forgiveness of sin, and everlasting salvation. Let us pray, “Lord Jesus, be merciful to me, a sinner.”



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