The form of the expression indicates that in this ministry self-denying courage is required. It is mystery, because not all our reason, nor all our reverent study of the oracles, nor all our diligent search of history, nor all our scrutiny of human will and character, can trace the law of that choosing. b. 2. Note the order. The first was a vivid, heartfelt conviction of the exceeding sinfulness of sin. Bab. Bernard Palissy once saw a white enamelled cup, and resolved to discover the secret of so beautifying vessels. That is just a relationship that we both acknowledge and accept. His capacious mind had no room for anything else. b. of Scripture. Pentateuch Our text may mean that Christ's name was to be carried on as well as in the vessel, just as the costly vases in palaces bear the name and fame of the maker before kings. He is a vessel unto Me. The Scriptural doctrine is that God chooses man before man chooses God, and the latter is only the faint echo of the former. God even then thought of the purpose to Which he was to be devoted, and proceeded to fashion him accordingly. A. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way - q.d., 'Do as thou art bidden, without gainsaying; his days of hostility to Me are at an end.'. First published online in 1996 at The Restoration Movement Pages. It is undeniable, that some men are unconditionally chosen or elected, to do some works for God. The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, It is as though there had been scales over his eyes that are now gone. With sublimity of ease Jesus does all this now. 4. 2. Therefore sloth shall want an excuse, if it be never redressed after that many pricks be used; like as we see that very many, who howsoever the Lord cry unto them continually, do not only loiter during their whole life, but do also cherish their slothfulness by all means possible. We are here introduced to a grand evangelistic principle — the Saviour ordained the most accomplished of the apostles to be His missionary among the heathen. God is an infinite spring giving inexhaustibly forth; men are empty vessels receiving everlastingly of His fulness. In the meantime, the Lord has been speaking to this man, Ananias, in a vision to go and find this man, Saul, and pray for him to receive his sight. "All our springs are in Thee." “To me to live is Christ.” Sir David Brewster says that Sir Isaac Newton once gazed so steadfastly on the sun that for days after, turn which way he would, he constantly beheld the image of the sun. The vessel of the heart is already full, and must be emptied ere it can be filled with this heavenly treasure. To the Corinthians he gave a list of the things he suffered for the sake of Christ. Wisdom Literature They will largely have made his habits. II. Without it the strongest is not sufficient for anything, with it the feeblest is sufficient for all. Thus Paul bore his Creator’s name far and wide, and multitudes “glorified God in him.”. 3. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/acts-9.html. Reputation is an uncertain guide. The Gentile nations and their rulers, as well as the people of Israel, would hear the message of salvation from his lips"" (Bruce p. 1990). the children of Israel; the Jews, to whom he first preached it; but when they put it away he turned to the Gentiles, and afterwards, before the Jews, he bore a testimony for it. II. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". "E.W. But what a mouth of blasphemy opened. 2. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/acts-9.html. "Commentary on Acts 9:15". And although Christians in their original state are not a whir better than other men, yet by holding fellowship with Him whose “garments smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia,” they catch the fragrance. “I can believe it,” replied Mr. Hill, “you look very like my bungling work.”. To bear my name before the Gentiles: this mystery of the calling of the Gentiles began now to spread abroad, and to be made more known, which was hid in those promises, Isaiah 49:6 Jeremiah 1:10. He was also to bare the name of Jesus to kings. Before, literally in the face of, Gentiles and kings. Such a vessel was the apostle. The term has nothing directly analogous to it in the Old Testament, but it is Hebrew in its form; the second noun being used as a genitive of the characteristic attribute, and so equivalent to an intensified adjective. 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It was Paul’s custom first, we know, ever to tell the story of the redemption to the children of Israel in every city where there was a synagogue or congregation of the chosen people. Be that as it may, Paul was a vessel manufactured with the greatest care out of the finest materials. To the confusion of His enemies; Paul and Luther both warriors of the Lord, cutting swords, different from a John and Melancthon.2. He is a chosen vessel, &c.— Beza observes, that an instrument of building, agriculture, &c. is often expressed in Greek by the word σκευος ; and the word may very probably have that signification here. Greek. And for its last achievement it works out this harmony for all those, without one exception, who have become the objects of it; they adore the free grace that has drawn and brought them; they condemn in the same breath the perverseness and folly and guilt in themselves, which left them so long outside. And Ananias went his way and entered into the house. Luke-Acts 410, 411. ἐνώπιον ἐθνῶν, before the Gentiles. It commonly denotes a "cup or basin," such as is used in a house. He forged them in the right fire. a. Paul may be compared to an “alabaster box of precious ointment”--the box is valuable, but the ointment is more precious. So in Hosea 8:8 Israel is called σκεῦος ἄχρηστον. "We love Him because He first loved us." "To me to live is Christ." The glorified Form appearing unto him on the way to Damascus photographed itself so deeply upon his mind that it could never afterwards be effaced. "Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you." Thus, Paul was specifically named in this passage, upon the occasion of his baptism, as the name-bearer of the new name that God would give unto his people. The wide scope of his ministry required —1. Acts 9:15 But the Lord said to him, Go your way: for he is a chosen vessel to me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: