~~ The Potter’s Vessel
Today is Dec. 17, 2003. It is now 1:30 am. I could not
sleep, for My God had started giving me this message before I went to bed at
12:30. I could not get it off my mind, so I came to the computer to try and type
some of this tonight. May God bless this message and give it as His very own
Word. For that is indeed what it is.
I will start this message with this Scripture: Jeremiah
18: 1. The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord,
2. Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I
will cause thee to hear my words.
3. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold;
he wrought a work on the wheels.
4. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the
hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the
potter to make it.
Jeremiah 19: 1. Thus saith the Lord, Go and get a
potter's earthen bottle, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the
ancients of the priests;
2. And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom,
which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I
shall tell thee,
3. And say, Hear ye the word of the Lord, O kings of
Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of
Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever heareth,
his ears shall tingle.
4. Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged
this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor
their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place
with the blood of innocents;
7. And I will make void the counsel of Judah and
Jerusalem in this place; and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their
enemies, and by the hands of them that seek their lives: and their carcases will
I give to be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the
8. And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing;
every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of all the
9. And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons
and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his
friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek
their lives, shall straiten them.
10. Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the
men that go with thee,
11. And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of
hosts; Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a
potter's vessel, that cannot be made whole again: and they shall bury them in
Tophet, till there be no place to bury.
God has spoken here of the many and horrible sins of the
nation of Israel. He told them he will break them as the potter’s bottle or
vessel was broken. Here God is speaking of the fall of the OT. He said I will
cause you to eat the flesh of your sons and daughters. This is prophecy of the
OT people having to come into the NT and ‘eat’ the spiritual ‘flesh’ or food of
the Sons and Daughters of the NT, the Holy Ghost filled
It is the same as I taught in the message on the fall of
the OT. There was no longer any spiritual food left in the old way; no prophets,
no priests, no kings, and no way of salvation. Why?
They have sinned so much and because there was no faith,
for they were serving God under the law by which no flesh shall be justified,
therefore God did away with that old covenant. But what preceded this? The
breaking of that Potter’s vessel.
Go back to Jer. 18: 4. The vessel that the Potter made
of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another
vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
What vessel was this, which was marred in the hand of
the Potter? It is very important for you to learn this
Isa. 52: 13. Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he
shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
14. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so
marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of
15. So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall
shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see;
and that which they had not heard shall they consider.
Now who is this servant which was exalted? But his
visage was so MARRED more than any man and his form more than the sons of men?
Who is this? How was his visage marred?
Isa. 53:7. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet
he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a
sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his
8. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who
shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living:
for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the
rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in
10. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put
him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see
his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper
in his hand.
11. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall
be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many;
for he shall bear their iniquities.
12. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the
great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out
his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the
sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
This is clearly identifying the marred and broken vessel
or bottle as the crucified Jesus. .... It pleased the LORD to bruise him...he is
led as a lamb to the slaughter. This is that earthern vessel which the Potter
wrought on the wheel. This is the vessel made of clay, which the potter marred.
Jesus was slaughtered as a sheep. He was the vessel of clay being
Lam. 4:2. The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine
gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the
Here we have God bringing forth precious sons of Zion as
earthen pitchers or bottles or vessels. This is the work of the hands of the
Now for a Scripture showing that the earthen vessel is
the human body: 11Tim. 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
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.
1Peter 3:7. Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them
according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel,
and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not
Now there are two Scriptures proving that we are
speaking of the human body as being this vessel or pitcher made by the
Romans 9: 21. Hath not the potter power over the clay,
of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto
22. What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make
his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to
23. And that he might make known the riches of his glory
on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto
The potter has power over the clay. What is the clay? It
is the human body made of the dust of the ground. It is ‘first man Adam’. It is
this image of sinful man, which we are all in now.
But now did not he say that he had power over this clay
body or vessel to make of the SAME LUMP of clay, one vessel unto honour and
another vessel unto dishonour...of the same lump of clay?
What then are the vessels of wrath fitted to
destruction? It is the first -man Adam human body that we are all in in this
life. So then he is saying that of this very same lump of clay he will make two
different vessels; one of honour and the other of dishonour. That is not
spiritual which was first, but the fleshly was first, then afterward that which
was spiritual. These are the two different vessels made of the same lump of
The Potter made the vessel on the potter’s wheel. Then
he broke the first vessel, or marred it in his hand, and took of the same lump
and made it another vessel as it pleased him. This second vessel was the vessel
of honour or glory. This one pleased him.
Eze. 10: 9. And when I looked, behold the four wheels by
the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and
the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl
10. And as for their appearances, they four had one
likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.
Now the potter uses the wheel to shape and make the
vessel he is working on. So the living creature represents Jesus and the
Christians. As we journey in this life, in the first-man Adam body, that
potter’s wheel is at work in our life. But on the inside is another wheel at
work. The potter has put another spirit into us, at the time he filled us with
the Holy Ghost. So now the new man is starting to live inside us and form Christ
inside us. So, now the potter has another wheel at work inside this human vessel
or clay body. So this is the wheel in the midst of a wheel.
The potter is working on us both on the outside and the
inside. He is preparing another vessel inside us. This is the vessel of honour.
The outter vessel of clay is the vessel of dishonour. Proof?
1Cor. 15: 42. So also is the resurrection of the dead.
It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43. It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it
is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual
body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual
45. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a
living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but
that which is natural; and afterward that which is
47. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second
man is the Lord from heaven.
48. As is the earthy, such are they also that are
earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are
49. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we
shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood
cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit
See that Paul said the natural body is sown in dishonour
and weakness. But it is raised in power or glory.
So then both vessels existed inside the one. The Christ
was growing and forming inside the earthly vessel of the person made from the
dust of the ground, or potter’s clay.
By this we have proven that the first man Adam is not in
honour or glory. It is that marred image or vessel. God was not pleased with
this first image or vessel, so he marred it and made of the same lump another
vessel of honour. How was this possible?
Heb. 2:9. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower
than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that
he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
10. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by
whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of
their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are
sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them
12. Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in
the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
13. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again,
Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
14. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of
flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through
death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the
15. And deliver them who through fear of death were all
their lifetime subject to bondage.
16. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels;
but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made
like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in
things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the
18. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted,
he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Now here we are told that Jesus came here lower than
angels for the suffering of death, or being broken by the Potter. This was when
God marred that vessel of clay. Go back to Isa. 53 and read. It said that God
bruised Jesus and broke him there at Calvary. Notice this said that as we
children are partakers of flesh and blood, Jesus himself took part of the same
and suffered and went into death. This was not glory. This had no beauty. This
was not where the Word of God was made flesh. This body of clay was not in
honour. We prove in 1Cor. 15 that the human bodies, at death, are sown in
dishonour and weakness. So was Jesus’ body sown in dishonour. Death is no
honour. So Jesus was here in a vessel of weakness and dishonour. He was that
first vessel the Potter wrought on his wheel.
Jesus is that vessel which the Potter broke or marred.
But as I taught in the message of Emmanuel, Jesus had Christ growing or forming
inside him to bring forth a Son of God in honour at his resurrection. This is
when and where and how God the Potter made the same lump into another vessel of
honour. This is where and when and how the Word was made flesh and dwelt among
us in honour; at the resurrection of Jesus.
See that our Scripture in Heb. 2:10 said that by this
act of making Jesus into a new vessel of honour, he would bring many sons to
this same glory.
Romans 8:29. For whom he did foreknow, he also did
predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the
firstborn among many brethren.
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.
31. What shall we then say to these things? If God be
for us, who can be against us?
32. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up
for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all
God predestinated that those whom he foreknows by
placing His Spirit into us, or Christ inside us, forming Christ in us, that we
should be conformed to the IMAGE of his Son.
Now I ask you, is God bringing us forth as a God? If we
are to be in the image of his Son, then whatever his son is that is what we
shall be like. So will we be God? No. Of course not. Then neither is Jesus God.
Not even now. If so, then when God brings us into the image of Jesus, then we
would have to be God. But this is just not taught in His Word.
So then what is true?
Christ is the image of God. Christ is the Word. Jesus is
not the Word. Christ was inside Jesus. God was in Christ. Christ is the anointed
one. God anointed Jesus. God placed His Spirit into Jesus and caused Jesus to be
conformed to the image of God. So by placing his Spirit into us, he causes us to
be conformed into the image of Christ. Thus we become a vessel of honour, or
resurrected into Glory.
Jesus did not have the glory before the Resurrection. Go
back and read our Scriptures. He was a man of sorrows and no beauty that we
should desire him. This shows there was no glory until he was resurrected. This
is when the Word was made flesh, at this resurrection. This is when the potter
made the vessel of honour. The first-man Adam vessel or body of clay was not any
glory or honour. It was dishonour and corruption. It was killed and laid in a
grave. It was marred in the hands of the potter to be made again into another
vessel of honour.
So by this we find that God made a vessel of clay, an
earthen bottle, or body and placed His Word into that human vessel. His Word is
the Christ. His Word is the Seed of life. His Word is the power. His Word spoke
the world into existence. His Word created our bodies. His Word knows every
working of our bodies. His word knows how to heal our bodies when we are sick or
broken in any way. His Word is the Power. Jesus, the human vessel of clay was
not that power or that Word. The Word was poured into that vessel.
The Spirit of God, or the potter, took this vessel and
broke it at Calvary. Then he took of that same lump, Jesus, and made it into
another vessel of honour, the resurrected, glorified Christ Jesus. The power and
the Word of God were still inside this man, this new vessel, and this vessel of
honour. Now all the same power of God, the Word was given to this new man. The
old man was laid down in dishonour. The new man now lives eternally with the
glory of God in him.
People, we are to be made into that same image. We are
to come forth at the resurrection, in the likeness and glory of Jesus. We will
then bear the image of the Heavenly as we have borne the image of the earthly.
We are now in the image of the marred, broken vessel of weakness. But inside
this earthen vessel of clay, is that seed of life, the Holy Ghost, the Word of
God living. The wheel of the potter is at work inside me to bring me forth a new
vessel of honour at the resurrection.
John 12:16. These things understood not his disciples at
the first: but when Jesus was glorified then remembered they that these things
were written of him, and that they had done these things unto
23. And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come,
that the Son of man should be glorified.
24. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of
wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth
forth much fruit.
Luke 24: 26. Ought not Christ to have suffered these
things, and to enter into his glory?
Now don’t you see from the above Scriptures that Jesus
had to suffer and die BEFORE he entered into his glory? Then see that in the
vessel of clay he was in before death, that this was not the GLORY of the
Father? This was not the Word made flesh, for it said we beheld his GLORY. So
before his resurrection he had no glory. He was a vessel of dishonour for he was
in this human clay body of death. The Word of God was placed into that vessel to
give out to us, but that was not the flesh of glory, which the Word was made
into. He had no glory before the resurrection. This entire message proves that
without a doubt.
Only one willing to call the entire Word of God a lie to
back up man-made doctrine could continue to call Jesus the man God; the Word in
flesh, or to say that God robbed himself in a body of flesh. Where is one
Scripture saying that? See that there would be no way to understand the message
given here from Jeremiah and Isaiah about the breaking of the first vessel if
you say that human vessel was the eternal God? You could never possibly
understand the Word of God believing that lie.
If Jesus had been God in this life, none of this could
be true. If Jesus had been in honour or glory before his resurrection, none of
this could be true. How can you explain any of these Scriptures and say that
Jesus was God? It is not possible.
Luke 24:30. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with
them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to
31. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and
he vanished out of their sight.
Now the reason Jesus broke this bread here and gave it
to his disciples was showing them that what he had said to them the night he was
taken was now true: He had said this is my body which is BROKEN for you. Eat
this bread in remembrance of me. He gave this broken bread to them now
signifying that he will now divide his ‘body’ of spiritual life to them by
giving them of his Spirit, the Holy Ghost. He now lets them share in being a
servant of God with the I AM, the Word inside them, in power, to show the world
the Father as Jesus had done. “All that I do shall you do and
So this is more proof that Jesus’ death at Calvary was
the Potter breaking his first vessel of clay.
Isaiah 53 1. Who hath believed our report? And to whom
is the arm of the Lord revealed?
2. For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant and
as a root out of a dry ground: he hath neither form nor comeliness; and when we
shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire
When we see him, there is no beauty. This lack of beauty
shows there was no glory in that first vessel, the human Jesus. He only received
his glory or beauty after he was resurrected into new life, or the new vessel
made on the wheel of the Potter.
Jesus was that vessel which was marred in the hands of
the potter, God, and then made into a new vessel of honour. He was declared to
be the only begotten Son of God in the likeness and glory of God by the Spirit
of Holiness by the resurrection from the dead. Rom. 1:3. Concerning his Son
Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the
4. And declared to be the Son of God with power,
according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the
Jesus was made of the seed of David, His Father,
according to the FLESH. See he was human flesh. Then declared to be the Son of
God with POWER, or a new vessel of honour, by the spirit of holiness, by the
resurrection from the dead.
When he was dead, there was no glory, no power, no life,
no honour, and this could not have been God.
Jesus had an old man nature, or vessel of clay, same as
we do. He had a new man, the Emmanuel, growing inside him, same as we do. He had
the Word of God inside him. This was the I AM. That Word is the I AM, not that
human vessel of clay.
John 14: 24. He that loveth me not keepeth not my
sayings: and the word, which ye hear, is not mined, but the Father's which sent
28. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and
come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto
the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
31. But that the world may know that I love the Father;
and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go
Jesus said the word I speak is not mine, but the
Father’s. He gave me a commandment what to say. This proves Jesus is not the
Father, nor God. The Word was God’s Word.
By: Jo Smith. 12/17. 2003 @3:am when I
finished this message.