"And kings" He preached before Roman governors (Sergius Paulus, Felix and Festus), kings (King Agrippa), and even the Roman emperor (2 Timothy 4:16-17). As the Bible says, everyone who desires to live Godly in Christ will suffer for His name (2 Timothy 3:12). See also Galatians 2:7, Galatians 2:8, and Ephesians 3:8. So full was Paul of this treasure that he determined to know none other. Acts 22:21), and was regarded by him as the specific command which gave the direction to his ministry, see Galatians 2:7-8. See an account of the whole process by his own pen (Philippians 3:4-8). Many there be who say, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever,” yes, this chosen vessel is a joy forever to its possessor and to all beholders who know its worth. Hence He sends Ananias to call him. He "shall bear My name before Gentiles," etc. IV. Bibliography"Commentary on Acts 9:15". It is mystery because he gives no account of it nor will be arraigned nor questioned concerning it. Jesus helps a man to recoverhis character; he helps his struggles while he does so; he shows him sympathy, and," though he fall many a time in the struggle, graciously watches him and upholds him again and again that he be not"utterlycast down." 13, [Edit. I referred to my aunts and uncles as Uncle Bill, and Uncle Bob, and Aunt Lois. III. Great intellectual culture. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Acts 9:15". The sphere of his labour embraced all classes and ranks of men. His mission as the apostle to the Gentiles is pointed out. Those, however, who stand near these vessels will by degrees find out what they contain. Paul would have to encounter innumerable obstacles which only the greatest courage could surmount. The fire was the flame of repentance kindled by the Holy Ghost, the hammer was God's Word. From the same chosen vessel that Ananias had visited at Damascus, the ointment was poured forth which healed the jailer’s wound. General Epistles A lump of clay has been made fragrant by being thrown into the midst of a bed of flowers. Pentateuch But the vessel was wrested from the enemy, and henceforth is a vessel separated unto and honoured in the service of Christ.III. Note: MLA no longer requires the URL as part of their citation standard. Bernard Palissy once saw a white enamelled cup, and resolved to discover the secret of so beautifying vessels. "Commentary on Acts 9:15". But only when he received the unction from the Holy One did he fill the world with his perfume. Paul would have to encounter innumerable obstacles which only the greatest courage could surmount. To bear my name - To communicate the knowledge of me. The first was a vivid, heartfelt conviction of the exceeding sinfulness of sin. Lit., an instrument of choice. They are, then, really blotted out. Its startling anomalies presented to our view in closest juxtaposition, its sudden appearance in the most unexpected place, and its equally conspicuous and impressive absence, speak the mystery of sovereignty. The προορισμὸς, fore-ordination or predestination (Romans 8:29, “Whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate;” with which comp. V. BEFORE GENTILES, AND KINGS, AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. See the notes on John 15:16. If God has any special design to accomplish, He always seeks to bring it about by the most suitable means. For the wide spirit in which the Apostle embraced his commission, see Romans 1:13-14, &c. καὶ βασιλέων, and kings. The persecutor had been chosen by the Lord as the “tool” with which He would work out His gracious will for him and for the Gentiles. "Commentary on Acts 9:15". He forged them in the right fire. 1832. Luke 14:27, Acts 15:10, Romans 15:1, etc.— ἐθνῶν καὶ βασιλέων— ἐθν., placed first because Saul’s special mission is thus indicated.— βασιλ., cf. 6. III. Genesis 1:14 and almost every chapter in the Bible. Gerok.). "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". Be that as it may, Paul was a vessel manufactured with the greatest care out of the finest materials. He is a VESSEL. Wherever he went, he preached the gospel first to them, and then to the Gentiles, Acts 13:46; Acts 28:17. he is a chosen vessel—a word often used by Paul in illustrating God's sovereignty in election (Ro 9:21-23; 2Co 4:7; 2Ti 2:20, 21 [Alford]. 1. In his intellect. The word here rendered "vessel" may also be translated "instrument," but either reading gives a good sense. How do we know this? Saul fulfilled this when he appeared before King Agrippa II. This was doubtless a revelation to Ananias, who as a devout Jew would not yet have contemplated the inclusion of the whole world in the Church of Christ. Certain social qualifications which the other apostles did not possess. Mark the method of the omniscient Worker. The brain of the rustic is coarse and gritty, whereas that of the man of genius is fine, smooth, silky, and sensitive. A pupil of Gamaliel, he was deeply versed in Scriptural and rabbinical lore. The Greek word translated as ‘vessel’ in Acts 9:15 is skeuos. 3. Nevertheless, there are ascending degrees even to this virtue; and when some men are satisfied that they have done their most and their best, all that nature admits of or that God demands, it must be allowed that these men are but beginning their higher flight. That beautiful cup is not self-made. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Use semicolons to separate groups: 'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22', There are options set in 'Advanced Options', The Whole Bible Greek. Philippians 3:4-9). He would have been an orator if he had never been a preacher. Acts 9:15. Paul enjoyed all the privileges and exemptions of a Roman citizen. And that which Christ speaketh in this place of Paul appertaineth to all men, both one and other. Johannine Writings He has had a dramatic conversion experience along the way. You can quote other ancient authors of surpassing beauty, but I defy you to quote any where the fragrance is so sweet and so abundant. The Gospels Prophets The doctrine of election has been wrongly taught and falsely apprehended. Christ's vessels are not all made in one mould. The internal fires of the globe are His instruments for heaving up the mountains and making the valleys. The word here rendered "vessel" may also be translated "instrument," but either reading gives a good sense. We are so many vessels labelled on the outside with the name of Christ, what we are really charged with may not be seen at a distance, or discovered in a day. 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.3. Saul refused to submit to God’s will for his life, blinded by his religious fervor and instead killing Christians. The name of Christ is the precious thing wherewith the vessel is charged. This is confirmed in Acts 22:21. St. Paul’s own language in Galatians 1:15, genitive of quality; common Hebraistic mode of expression (cf. A choice vessel; "earthen," it is true; but there is a great difference in the quality of even earthen vessels. Sermon Acts 16:9-15 If You Have Judged Me to Be Faithful Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Children's Sermons Hymn Lists Acts 16:9-15 … He felt that he could convince them that Jesus was the Messiah. God even then thought of the purpose to Which he was to be devoted, and proceeded to fashion him accordingly. a. It is a Chinese saying that "the light of heaven cannot shine into an inverted bowl." The word here rendered vessel often signifies instrument or organ; an instrument for carrying something. 3. 4. The choosing of Jesus is mystery, unfathomable mystery for us. A vessel UNTO ME, i.e., Paul was now the actual possession of Christ. 1999-2014. a chosen vessel = a vessel of choice, or election (Greek. The word means either an "instrument" in the hands of the Divine Agent to carry out His purposes, or a "vessel" into which the Lord Jesus poured abundantly of His mind and His love. BibliographyCalvin, John. Thus in him all that was best in the three dominant types of civilisation met — the freedom of the Roman, the language of the Greek, and the theology of the Jew. After some argument, the Lord convinces Ananias that Saul is a true convert and was praying. Lord Chatham, it is said, made his crutches add to the grandeur of his oratory; and Paul, dangling his chains in the face of his judge, made the most impressive peroration in the literature of eloquence. Paul bore the name of Jesus —1. To bear my name before the Gentiles. What then prompted him so powerfully to bear the name of Christ to perishing millions? 1. 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.

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