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" But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel
unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel. 1 ACTS ix. 15.

" But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel
unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel. 1 ACTS ix. 15.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Nov 02, 2013
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THE VESSEL CHOSEN AND CHARGED.BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT" But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vesselunto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and thechildrenof Israel. 1 ACTS ix. 15.WE shall best explain and apply the text by examining its terms in succession, one by one.i. A vessel. The term signifies the implement bywhich any work is done, or the dish in which anythingis held. It is an instrument constructed and fitted foruse in any species of operation.All the world is the field whereon God works, andit is full of the instruments which he employs. Everyflower, every leaf, every tendril is a cunningly contrivedinstrument, designed and fitted for carrying on somedelicate process in the vegetable economy. In animals, every member of the body is a tool with whichthe creature, with which the great Creator works.The eye, the ear, the tongue, the foot, and a thousandother exquisite instruments, hang at hand in the work shop, ready for the worker s use.Each separate part of creation, again, is an instrument in God s hands for carrying his plans into effect.The internal fires of the globe are his instruments for192 The Church in the House.heaving up the mountain ridges, and causing the inter
vening valleys to subside. The clouds are vessels employed in carrying water from its great reservoir in theocean to every portion of the thirsty land. The riversare waste-pipes for carrying back the soiled water thatit may be purified for subsequent use. The sun is aninstrument for lighting and warming a troop of revolving worlds; and the earth s huge bulk a curtain forscreening off the sunlight at stated intervals, and soaffording to weary workers a grateful night of rest.Chief of all the implements provided and employedon earth is man made last, made best for his Author sservice; broken, disfigured, and defiled by sin, but capable of working wondrously yet, when redeemed, andrestored, and employed again.God has not cast away the best of all his instruments because it was marred and polluted. He hasconceived and executed a costly plan for redeemingand renewing it. He spared not his own Son, that hemight have from this fallen family a multitude of vessels full of his love a multitude of fitting instrumentsemployed in his service. A soul won is the best instrument for winning souls.2. A chosen vessel. This man, who was raised fromthe ground by his companions and lead blind into Damascus, is the vessel whom the Lord has sovereignlychosen, and will graciously employ." The eyes of the Lord are in every place." " Knownunto God are all his works." Compassing him aboutin all his ways, God felt every throb of impotent angerthat was beating in the persecutor s heart. Althoughthe vessel was marred and occupied with evil, its Makercounted it still his own. He can employ the evil as hisunconscious instruments, or make them willing in theday of his power. When he had chastised backslidingIsrael by the King of Babylon, he broke the rod andthrew it away. In other cases he turns the king s heartas a river of water, and then accepts the willing hom
age of a converted man.It was a polished and capacious vessel that theGreat King wrenched from the hands of the.arch-enemynear the gate of Damascus. One of the clearest intellects that ever glowed in a human frame changed handsThe Vessel Chosen and Charged. 193that day. Saul was a man of rare courage. He wasa good soldier of the wicked one before he owned allegiance to Christ. He did what he said. The purposes which his heart devised his hand executed. " Iverily thought I ought to do many things against thename of Jesus of Nazareth, which thing I also did."The vessel was capacious, and the capacious vessel wasfull. All the learning of the time had been poured into it. The traditions of the Jews and the philosophyof the Greeks lay and seethed together in that roomyand restless brain. Not only was his head full of notions; his heart was fired with a resolute purpose, andhis arm was nerved by a dauntless will. He was Christ schief enemy then in the world. He breathed forththreatenings and slaughter against the members of the Church, blasphemies against its living Head. Godlooks down from heaven on this man, not as an adversary whose assaults are formidable, but as an instrument which may be turned to another use. As clayin the hands of the potter this man lies. The vesselmay be broken in anger, or employed in labors of love,as the Maker wills. Arrested at the crisis of its courseby a hand unseen, it is turned upside down, emptied of its accumulated filth, purged from all its dross, filledfrom heaven s pure treasures, and used to water theworld with the word of life. Under God s eye and inGod s hand, this man is not a formidable antagonist,but simply a vessel to be broken in judgment, or purified for use on earth and in heaven.

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