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April 6, 2023

Man Being Created As a Vessel

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness... Rom 9:21 Or does not the potter have authority over the clay to make out of the same lump one vessel unto honor...? (23) In order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He had before prepared unto glory, (24) Even us...

Since man was created in the image of God and the image of God is Christ, man was created in the image of Christ. Romans 5:14 says that Adam, the first man, was a type, a figure, of Christ. If we take a photograph of a person, that picture is the figure, or type, of the person. As a photograph is the expression of a certain image, so man was made to be the expression of the image of God, which is Christ. I may use the illustration of a glove. The glove was made in the image and according to the form of the hand. Both the hand and the glove have five fingers. The glove was made in the image of the hand that one day the hand might enter into the glove. The hand fills up the glove, and the glove expresses the hand. Why was man made in the image of Christ? Because God's intention was that someday Christ would enter into man and be expressed through man. Romans 9:21 and 23 tell us clearly that man was made as a vessel, that is, as a container. Man is not a knife, a hammer, or any instrument. Man is a vessel, a container. It further says that man was made a vessel unto honor to contain God, to contain God's glory. This vessel is like the glove: one day the hand gets into it; the contents get into the container. We are simply a vessel to contain Christ.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Genesis, 1984, pp. 66-67. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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