Treasure in the Earthen Vessel


This piece of writing discusses the concept of the “earthen vessel”. The name may refer to something worthless. It is a device made from clay or earth which is used to hold water or keep treasure such as land or title deed (Jer 32:14).

Believers as Treasures

The scriptures see man as an earthen vessel. This is so because the man was created from the dust of the ground (Gen 2:7). Paul writes that “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (2Co 4:6-9).

According to Paul, as written above, God Himself shines in our hearts to illuminate or spirits to understand His knowledge that pertains to Christ Jesus. Paul, therefore, argues that if a believer is able to demonstrate the power of God, s/he must be humble enough and give the glory to God, because being a man, made from clay, s/he cannot have such power to demonstrate the glory of God. So, if God shines in our hearts, He lives there with all His fullness and works through us. By implication, believers have God in them, therefore, as an earthen vessel, they house God who is their treasure and glory.

Vessels in the Great House

Again, Paul teaches that though believers are treasure-carrying vessels in the house of God, their vessels differ in glory from one another. He, therefore contends that “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of the earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor. If a man, therefore, purges himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work” (2Ti 2:20-21).

The vessels differ in appearance but that does not matter to God. Whether one´s vessel commands respect or is looked down on, by others. The important thing is its sanctification. He, therefore, contends that if any person, irrespective of his/her appearance, shall sanctify his/her vessel or body, s/he shall be reserved for God´s use. This explains that God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34, Rom 2:11).


Humans were made from the dust of the ground but God has endowed Him/her with a treasure. Whatever treasure-gifts or talents that man might have, s/he have no reason to boast and take the glory that belongs to God for himself or herself. Believers need to understand that it is God who shines in them to help them understand and accept the knowledge about Himself, and His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. For God to use his children to display His glory, He demands their sanctification

Prayer: Our merciful God, we thank you for the treasure you have deposited in us. I pray that you help us to value it and live our lives worthy of that treasure so that we shall be ready and available for your use. In the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN!

The Knowledge of God (II)


It is good to have the knowledge of God. It is good because it proceeds from God the Omniscience. The one who knows and declares the end from the beginning, and from the ancient times the things that have not been done. He says that His counsel shall not fail but stand and that He shall do all his pleasure (Isa 46:10). Paul calls the knowledge of God “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph 3:8).

The Nature of the Knowledge of God

As has been detailed in the introductory section above, the knowledge of God is what we know about God as revealed through Jesus Christ. God´s knowledge is rich and incomprehensible. This is affirmed in the scripture that contends that:

“And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that taught the good knowledge of the LORD: and they did eat throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings, and making confession to the LORD God of their fathers” (2Ch 30:22).

Levites were supposed to teach the knowledge of God. The knowledge of God, therefore, refers to the word of God. The word of God is referred to as “glad tidings” (Luk 1:19, Luk 8:1, Acts 13:32, Rom 10:15) or good news. The knowledge of God is good news because it brings salvation to man. Isaiah, in writing of this, exclaims: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, making peace heard; who brings good news, making salvation heard; who says to Zion, Your God reigns!” (Isa 52:7).

In fact, man´s knowledge of God is tainted so we do not know all about Him. What is necessary for our salvation is that which has been revealed to us. Thus, the Knowledge of God in His Son is eternal life (Joh 17:3). The limited knowledge of man about God has been explained by Paul in one of his epistles, where he indicates that “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall fully know even as I also am fully known” (1Co 13:12). In this present world, we see God dimly but we shall have a fuller knowledge of God when we enter into the eschatological world. Whereas man has a limited knowledge of himself and of God, God´s knowledge about everything is absolute and perfect. No one can have the knowledge of God unless He reveals Himself to him/her through His revealed word or His Spirit. God says that He will give His people a heart to know that He is Jehovah and that they are His people (Jer 24:7).

Benefits of the Knowledge of God

All scripture, being the revealed knowledge of God, is given by inspiration of God and it is good for doctrine, for reproof, for correcting people, and instructs man to live right with the intent that the man of God may be perfect, completely prepared for all good works (2Ti 3:16-17). David also, writing about the knowledge of God, convincingly declares that:

“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in the keeping of them there is a great reward (Psa 19:7-11).


The knowledge of God is to be sought after. It is deep, rich, perfect, and it brings salvation to those who have it. It is worthwhile to spend time in the presence of God to acquire His divine knowledge.

Prayer: Lord God, we ask that you lead us to discover and rediscover your knowledge, and give us the power to live by it. In the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN!