God loves you. “ The Lamb, who was killed before the origin of the world, is a man who has received support, splendor, wisdom, power, refinement, whole month, respect, faith and silt। Let him be glorified forever. ”Now came true Amen। In this world you have received everything but so far Jesus has not believed in Christ, you are the saddest and most righteous man ! The poorest people on earth are not without money but without Jesus Amen ! Your first need and need is the forgiveness of eternal security sins, salvation and eternal life – “ Behold, the Lamb of God who has raised the sin of the world’।And he is atonement for our sins, and not only for us, but also for the sins of the whole world। The only Creator God – Ekmatra Caste Man – Ekkatra Blood Red – Ekkatra Problem Sin – Ekkatra Solution Jesus Christ Do you know that there is eternal life even after the deer only God loves you ! Because God loved the world so much that he gave it to his only born Son – No one who believes in him is unhappy, But he may have eternal life, but God reveals his love for us: Christ died for us when we were sinners। Because you are saved by grace by faith; And it is not from you, it is God’s donation; He who is waking up to my door every day hears me waiting for the pillars of my doors, Blessed is that man। But God reveals his love for us: Christ died for us, while we are sinners। But in all these things we are even more than the winners by him, who loved us। Because I have been completely unarmed, neither death nor life, nor angels, neither the princes, nor the rights, nor the things that come from now, nor the things that come later, neither the heights, nor the deep, Neither any other creation can separate us from the love of God in our Lord Christ Jesus। Love is in this – not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son to be atone for our sins। For God made sin for us, who did not know that we would be the righteousness of God। Jesus said to him: “ Bato, truth and life are me; No one comes to the Father except me. ” Your word is a light for my feet, and a light for my way। I cried before Miramire fell bright; I hope in your word। My eyes are open at night’s guard to meditate on your word। And call me on the day of the storm; I will deliver you, and you will raise me। He cures those with broken hearts and binds them to the ointment of their injuries। You will be in me and ask for whatever you want if my words are in you, and that will be done for you।

Why Are ‘Jars of Clay’ Significant to Christians?

Why Are ‘Jars of Clay’ Significant to Christians?

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us… 2 Corinthians 4:7

The Bible is packed full of metaphors that would have been commonly understood during the time in which they were written. But for present-day readers, these metaphors sometimes don’t have the same impact. Many of them are even misunderstood.

Being thousands of years removed from the time of their writing can prove to be a challenge. Metaphors like “jars of clay” aren’t part of our modern-day vernacular. But this metaphor is particularly interesting to us, because Paul uses it to illustrate who Christians are.

So we long to understand what he means.

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Where Does the Bible Mention Jars of Clay?

Where Does the Bible Mention Jars of Clay?

In 2 Corinthians 4:7, Paul makes a distinction regarding what type of jar he’s referring to. It’s a jar of the earth or earthenware. This phrase is very unique.

The only other place in the New Testament where the same two Greek words are found together is in 2 Timothy 2:20. Jars and vessels are commonly spoken of in the New Testament, but 2 Timothy is the only other place where Paul speaks about an earthenware jar—a jar of clay.

What Is the Context of 2 Corinthians 4:7?

Paul is writing to the Corinthian church and reminding them of the hope they have in Jesus. A very important distinction is being made, as Paul explains how the hope they have is different from that of Moses.

For believers during the time of Paul—and today—the veil has been lifted. The fullness of God’s plan to redeem his people has come to pass in Jesus. The awestriking glory of God is seen in the face of Jesus.

In the beginning of chapter 4, Paul is proclaiming the beauty of the gospel and all of its wonder. It is truly remarkable how profound the glory of Jesus is, along with his mission to be the light in the darkness. All of this leads up to the unsuspecting statement about Christians being the jars of clay that hold this treasure, which is the gospel.

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3 Things Jars of Clay Signify

3 Things Jars of Clay Signify

Jars of clay were everyday items that the original audience would have been familiar with. Because of this, here are at least 3 aspects of jars of clays that would have come to mind for 1st-century readers.

Jars of Clay Are Commonplace

From cooking utensils to toilets, jars of clay were part of everyday life during biblical times. The average person probably had multiple jars of clay because of their versatile use in the homes.

They were common items that were made of the most basic material—earth. People from every class of society would have been familiar with and owned the vessels described in 2 Corinthians 4.

Jars of Clay Are Fragile

Jars of clay also signify weakness and fragility. Since their material was inexpensive, they break easily, just as we see with clay jars today.

It wouldn’t take much for a jar to be knocked over and to shatter all over the floor. In fact, in the book of Matthew there is reference to a potter’s field. This would have been a piece of land filled with pieces of clay jars that were discarded after they broke.

Jars of Clay are Made by Hand

In many areas of scripture there is a reference to the potter and the clay. Oftentimes, the authors are reminding their readers that they are the clay in the hands of the potter, being molded and shaped.

That is what God does with his people. He is the potter and we are the clay.

It is never the clay who decides what it will be or is able to turn itself into a masterpiece. The potter is the one who kneads, forms, and shapes the clay into a vessel.

God is the creator and we are the created.

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What Is the Treasure We Have in Jars of Clay?

What Is the Treasure We Have in Jars of Clay?

“Treasure in jars of clay” is a contrasting statement about the message and the messenger. It seems counterintuitive for God to put his greatest treasure in the most common and fragile vessel available—us.

The power of Jesus that resurrected him from the grave is the treasure that we hold.

The light that shines through the darkness lives in us.

The gospel is more than just a single event that happened in time, which is a true piece of the equation that we can’t miss. But the gospel is a way of life. It is the active work of Jesus’ victory in your life. It truly is a treasure that God has entrusted each and every believer with. The treasure is the focus of this statement, rather than the vessel.

It becomes really easy to focus on the lack of beauty and uniqueness of the vessel, but that’s what makes the treasure all the more prominent.

The real focus of this metaphor is the treasure…and the verse that follows explains this better. The treasure being placed in jars of clay shows the power of God and not of us. This is what Paul is really focusing on, and this is where our hope as believers is to come from.

What the Bible Says about Clay and Earthen Vessels

There are many references to jars and vessels throughout scripture, including the Old Testament. Most of the occurrences focus on a physical object, but others typify the molding or shaping of the character of an individual.

Even in the very beginning of scripture, a picture is painted: the first humans ever created are made from clay. They are vessels of the earth.

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Why It’s a Blessing to Be a Jar of Clay

To focus on only the frailty and weakness of jars of clay is missing the complete meaning of what God is saying about us.

Yes, we are weak, cracked, and far less than perfect, but the treasure within us is glorious.

If we were to be beautiful and polished vessels, then others would see that…and not the treasure within.

As believers under the new covenant, we have something believers of the Old Testament longed for and dreamt of. They heard about the one who was to come, who would wipe away their sins and fulfill the law they were so desperately trying to keep.

We are living in the full victory of Jesus. And he actively chooses us to share his light and truth.

One of the reasons he chooses us is precisely because we are jars of clay. He doesn’t limit this treasure to the spiritually elite and mature. It’s not about who had been a Christian the longest, who can recite the most verses by heart, or who has the most quiet time.

If you are a follower of Jesus, then you have the greatest treasure ever known. He is using you to shine his light in the darkness. 

Prayer to Remember Who You Are in God’s Eyes

Dear God, there are moments when I forget who I am and the treasure you have given me. In my moments of doubt and weakness, would you remind me that you have chosen me? You have placed within me a treasure that will strengthen me in my greatest weakness. Would you help me remember who it is that you have made me to be…and who it is that lives within me? Help me to live in the power that’s been given to me. Amen.

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For he that findeth me shall find life, and shall receive mercy from the Lord. But he that sinneth against me, harmeth his own soul; All those who hate me love death.’ Proverb. 8:35-36 But God shows his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 He committed no sin, nor was any guile found in his mouth; He did not rebuke in return; He did not threaten when he suffered, but committed himself to the righteous judge. He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the cross, that we might die to sins and live to righteousness; By His stripes you were healed. 1 st. Proverb. 8:35-36 Nor is salvation in any other; For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 Jesus said to him: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 Behold, he comes with the clouds, and every eye shall see him, even those who despise him; And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him. So be it! Amen! Revelation 1:7 And he was clothed in blood; And his name is called ‘Word of God’. Revelation 19:13 “And behold, I come quickly; And I have my reward to give to every man according to his work. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” Revelation 22:12-13 Note: Today people don’t even have time to go to heaven. Believe in Jesus Christ and you will receive forgiveness of sins, salvation and eternal life.

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