Study of the Book of Kings – “He Made a Molten Sea” Part 4

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1Ki 7:47-51 “He made a molten sea” Part 4

[Study Aired December 16, 2021]

1Ki 7:47  And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were exceeding many: neither was the weight of the brass found out. 
1Ki 7:48  And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of the LORD: the altar of gold, and the table of gold, whereupon the shewbread was, 
1Ki 7:49  And the candlesticks of pure gold, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the oracle, with the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold, 
1Ki 7:50  And the bowls, and the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers of pure gold; and the hinges of gold, both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors of the house, to wit, of the temple. 
1Ki 7:51  So was ended all the work that king Solomon made for the house of the LORD. And Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated; even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, did he put among the treasures of the house of the LORD.

These verses below are all taken from Matthew 6:1-34 and, as part of the introduction to our study, serve to help us see what the workmanship Solomon accomplished “for the house of the LORD” represents. It is at the altar, which represents the cross, that God has dragged His people to Christ to worship our Father and Christ in spirit and in truth (Joh 6:44), and it is the truth found in God’s word that is likened unto silver and gold vessels (“the things which David his father had dedicated; even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, did he put among the treasures of the house of the LORD“) that must abide in us and be brought into the “the house of the LORD” if we are going to be among those who worship our Father in spirit and in truth (Joh 4:23).

The “treasures of the house of the LORD” are symbolic of the increase God gives the bride of Christ and is laid up in heaven, meaning our hearts and minds. This section of Kings shines a bright light for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear what it means to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Mat 6:21, Luk 12:33) which is represented by:

  • the altar of gold
  • the table of gold
  • the candlesticks of pure gold
  • the lamps, and the tongs of gold
  • the bowls, and the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers of pure gold; and the hinges of gold

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Mat 6:21  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Luk 12:33  Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

Seeing it is God’s gold, we are admonished from the onset of the sixth chapter of Matthew not to take any glory for the gold God is laying up in store within the body of Christ, which is the temple of God (1Co 3:16, Luk 17:10, 1Ch 29:14).

“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” (Mat 6:1-4)

Where and how we pray is contrasted with the wrong way we naturally pray when Christ is not the one orchestrating that prayer with His righteousness (Php 3:9-11), and it is through the dying daily process through which our Father drags us to Christ that we are able to overcome the hypocrisy that abides within all flesh.

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 
Php 3:10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 
Php 3:11  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

“And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” (Mat 6:5-8)

This next section of Matthew chapter six is a whole study within itself that explains to us how we are to pray to our Sovereign Father in heaven Who has given us this outline to build fervent prayer upon which does avail much when it is His righteousness working that prayer.

Jas 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Mat 6:9-15)

God is faithful to reward and to punish those with whom He is working in this age (Heb 12:6), and He has given the elect to see that He is in charge of both the light and darkness, the good and evil within us (Isa 45:7). As such, we are admonished not to mourn as others even though we do mourn the putting off of our flesh. This good and evil or light and darkness are represented by the “the silver, and the gold” that was brought into the temple of God and reminds us that the longsuffering process to which God has called us in order to become mature sons (Rom 2:4) is accomplished through a lifetime of having a contrite and broken heart God grants to the elect (Isa 66:2) who can be easily intreated and who acknowledge our transgressions as we endure the chastening every son of God can and must endure in this life to cease from sinning so we can be prepared to rule under Christ (Heb 12:7, 2Ti 2:12)

Heb 12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 
Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 

Isa 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

Rom 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 

Isa 66:2  For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

2Ti 2:12  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 

“Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” (Mat 6:16-18)

It is “At that day” (Joh 14:20) that we realize where our treasure is and begin to see all those gold items in the temple of Solomon for what they really represent. The character of Christ being formed within the body of Christ through the fiery trials that prove our faith in Him (1Pe 4:12, 1Pe 1:7), is the immeasurably more valuable workmanship of God that is an ongoing cleansing process which is making the bride ready for that great and blessed day of His return (Eph 2:10, Php 3:8, Rev 19:7-8).

Joh 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 

Php 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 
Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Mat 6:19-24)

We just read it, “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints”, which is what it means to be one of “the lilies of the field” which are contrasted against Solomon and all his glory that was shown in the temple and his kingdom. The lilies represent Christ in us (Son 2:1-2), and so, with that knowledge, we do not need to take “thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.” The Lord will provide and direct the lives of His little flock (Psa 23:1-3) as we are led by the spirit of God (Rom 8:14-16) that will make a way for us to endure through this life, taking care of one another both physically and spiritually (3Jn 1:2-3, Luk 6:38, 1Jn 3:17-18).

Psa 23:1  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 
Psa 23:2  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 
Psa 23:3  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 

3Jn 1:2  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 
3Jn 1:3  For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 

Luk 6:38  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

1Jn 3:17  But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 
1Jn 3:18  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? [1Co 3:6And why take ye thought for raiment? [Rev 19:8] Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; [1Co 3:6] they toil not, neither do they spin: [Php 2:12-13And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” (Mat 6:25-29)

God knows what we have need of, and we can so easily forget that in our flesh and start seeking to be clothed with our own righteousness (Php 3:9) as opposed to being clothed by Christ on whom we are to wait (Psa 27:12-14): “shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” God knows we lack that faith, so He sends an evil spirit to trouble us that only by His grace and faith is overcome after we have been brought to our wits’ end and ask our heavenly Father to help us in our unbelief (Mar 9:24).

Psa 27:12  Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. [Both can be understood within and without and both an experience of evil to humble us thereby so Christ can be exalted in due time (Ecc 1:13)
Psa 27:13  I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 
Psa 27:14  Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. 

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, [“why take ye thought for raiment?“] which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: [Rev 19:8]

“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.” (Mat 6:30-32)

Christ himself and Christ in us are praying for each other and have prayed and will continue to pray for the faith needed to not give up in our quest of seeking the kingdom of God first and His righteousness, and as such those prayers will lead to our salvation availing much in every way through this life (Php 3:9, Luk 22:32, Gal 6:2). These are also some of “the treasures of the house of the LORD” that we will be looking at tonight.

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: [“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” (1Co 3:6)]

Luk 22:32  But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Gal 6:2  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ [by bearing with the infirmity of those who are weak in faith by praying for their faith we are helping them on that road to being “converted” so they can go and do the same for those who they will “strengthen” by the strength that they received from others].

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” [What is added to God’s elect is the gift of being able to help convert and strengthen others in this life and the next. The experiences God gives the elect turns us into a brand new creation whose function is likened unto the implements in the temple (1Ti 4:16)] ”Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Mat 6:33-34)

1Ki 7:47  And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were exceeding many: neither was the weight of the brass found out. 

This language that describes ‘the brass that could not be weighed there was so much’ is symbolic of the innumerable multitude who are purified after the elect (Rev 7:9). Those who go on to be the golden vessels in the temple of God do so by the grace and faith of Christ, purging “himself from these [within], he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work” (2Ti 2:19-26). The house contains both vessels, and everyman’s work is made known of what sort it is by fire, and the fire judges us either now in this age or in the lake of fire depending on what God has ordained from the foundation of the world (1Co 3:13-15).

Rev 7:9  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 

2Ti 2:19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 
2Ti 2:20  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 
2Ti 2:21  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 
2Ti 2:22  Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 
2Ti 2:23  But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 
2Ti 2:24  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 
2Ti 2:25  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 
2Ti 2:26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 

1Co 3:13  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 
1Co 3:14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 
1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

1Ki 7:48  And Solomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of the LORD: the altar of gold, and the table of gold, whereupon the shewbread was,

Solomon who is a type of Christ and “made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of the LORD: the altar of gold, and the table of gold, whereupon the shewbread was,“.

Making “the altar of gold” and “the table of gold, whereupon the shewbread [is]” are both symbols of what Christ has done for us in giving His body at the altar, which is the cross, and in so doing made it possible for us to receive the true bread of life (Joh 6:51) symbolized by the “shewbread” which could not be given to humanity until Christ died and sent the comforter on Pentecost (Joh 16:7, Act 2:1-4). Christ is the first wave offering spoken of in Leviticus 23:11-12, and the elect of God are symbolically represented by the “two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD” spoken of in Leviticus 23:16-17. We are like Christ in that regard giving our bodies as a living sacrifice for the world that will one day be used to feed the masses spiritually as Christ has done and is doing for us today through the church (Eph 3:10).

Joh 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

Lev 23:11  And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. 
Lev 23:12  And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD. 

Lev 23:16  Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. 
Lev 23:17  Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD. 

1Ki 7:49  And the candlesticks of pure gold, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the oracle, with the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold,

God’s mercy and favor are witnessed through the grace that is symbolized by the light of “the candlesticks of pure gold, five on the right side, and five on the left“. The elect are likened to these candlesticks in Revelation 11:4, and there are two because it is the witness of Christ’s life in us that makes it possible for our witness to be steadfast and true, seeing those candlesticks are in Christ’s right hand and are not able to be taken out of His hand or the Father’s hand (Rev 1:3, Rev 3:14, Rev 2:1, Joh 10:28-29). What we are called to do as God’s two witnesses is to faithfully speak the word of God that will proceed out of our mouth as fire, both in this life and going forward, until all the world is consumed by that fire (Jer 5:14, Rev 11:4-5, Jas 3:5, Luk 12:49).

Jer 5:14  Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them. 

Rev 11:4  These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 
Rev 11:5  And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 

Jas 3:5  Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 

Luk 12:49  I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Where this fire is being kindled is “before the oracleH1687, with the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold“, telling us that Christ and His Christ are the ones who will administer God’s judgments upon the world from the “inner most part of the sanctuary”H1687, and that is made possible by being the first to be tried by those words of eternal life that are purified before the oracle”H1687 today (Joh 6:68). The “flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs of gold” are symbolic of Christ’s and God’s word, which is likened to hot coals in Isaiah, that will be used to give the world one pure language after their mouths (Isa 6:6, Zep 3:9), from where our words come, are sanctified or purged with fiery coals as ours are being tried today (Joh 12:48, Isa 6:7, 1Pe 4:12)

1Ki 7:50  And the bowls, and the snuffers, and the basons, and the spoons, and the censers of pure gold; and the hinges of gold, both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors of the house, to wit, of the temple.

These implements and vessels and hinges are connected with “the altar of gold, and the table of gold, whereupon the shewbread was” of 1Kings 7:48 describing the blessing that God’s elect have to be in such a trusted and blessed relationship with our Father and Christ to be used to administer God’s word that will be used to purify the nations.

The bowlsH5592 and “the basonsH4219 are the symbolic vessels that are used to contain the blood of the sacrificed animal, which blood symbolizes God’s word that is likened to blood and is now kept within the purged vessels we have become to the glory of God.

Then we have “the snuffersH4212 (‘tweezers’), which word is derived from the word “to prune”, telling us our function as kings and priests will be to prune the nations and wash them with the word of God in which we were blessed to be the first to trust (Eph 1:12).

The word “spoonsH3709 demonstrates that it will be with the humble mind of Christ that God’s elect, who are those spoons, will wash the feet of the nations (Rev 22:9, Joh 13:15).

The “censersH4289 is “a pan for live coals” and the root of this Strong’s number is H2846 (“to take away” or “heap” – Pro 25:22). Therefore this vessel again symbolizes the elect who will use God’s word, alive and active, to purge the nations of all iniquity.

Lastly, “the hingesH6596 reveal that God’s elect are in an intimate spiritual relationship with Christ, like a husband and wife (Eph 5:28-32). We are the first who learn to trust our Husband before all the world (Eph 1:12), learning that He is the one who is sovereign over all things that consist by Him (Col 1:17). He is the one “that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth” (Rev 3:7-8) as the Father directs. The goldhinges” make it possible for the door of our heavens to be opened, increasing our spiritual knowledge that comes about by our fiery trials “hinges of gold” that bring us to trust in the living God (1Co 3:6).

Eph 5:28  So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 
Eph 5:29  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 
Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Rev 3:7  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
Rev 3:8  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

  • the bowlsH5592
  • the snuffersH4212 from H2168
  • the basonsH4219 from H2236
  • the spoonsH3709 from H3721 
  • the censersH4289
  • the hingesH6596

1Ki 7:51  So was ended all the work that king Solomon made for the house of the LORD. And Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated; even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, did he put among the treasures of the house of the LORD.

What God has started in us He will finish through Christ in us, a thought that is typified by this statement: “So was ended all the work that king Solomon made for the house of the LORD” (Php 1:6).

Php 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 

Then we’re told “And Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated”H6944 telling us that only the words of God in our life that have been sanctified by Christ in us can become treasure laid up in heaven (Mat 6:20). David is a type of Christ who dedicated/sanctifiedH6944 the temple with “even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, did he put among the treasures of the house of the LORD” which is all typical language of what Christ is doing in the body of Christ to sanctify it with the word of God (Joh 17:17).

Mat 6:20  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Mat 6:21  For where your treasure is, there will your heartG2588 be also.

Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Anyone who is going to become sanctified to God in this life (Rom 8:30), or dedicated to God, will do so through Christ (Heb 10:10), and all these items “even the silver, and the gold, and the vessels” represent the work Christ does in the lives of the elect who then become the vessels of honour (2Ti 2:21, Rom 9:21) He will use to redeem the rest of mankind through his body which is the temple of God (1Co 3:16, Oba 1:21).

Rom 8:30  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 

Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

2Ti 2:21  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. 

Rom 9:21  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? 

We’ll end this last section of our 4-part study entitled “He made a molten sea” with these verses in Hebrews 9:23-28 which remind us that the workmanship of Solomon within and outside the temple is a type of the workmanship in “the heavenly things themselves” which is where our Father and Christ are abiding (Eph 2:6) with those many vessels that represent His word within each of us (Joh 14:23, Joh 8:32) that is likened to gold and silver.

Joh 14:23  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 

Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. 

Heb 9:23  It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 
Heb 9:24  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: [Eph 2:6
Heb 9:25  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 
Heb 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself [within us (Rom 12:1-2)]. 
Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 
Heb 9:28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 
Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. [1Jn 2:17]

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