2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature : old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature .
The Father God sent Jesus to redeem the fallen creature, man. He didn’t just send Jesus to fix the man. He sent Him to make Him NEW again. The prophet, Jeremiah, gives us a beautiful descriptive of this in an illustrated message God gave him.
Jer 18:1-4 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 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.
What a beautiful story, with so many different things to learn from it. Jeremiah is a description of some of the very truths about the Remnant. Number one, he could hear God speak to him. Number two, he was obedient, immediately, when God told him what to do. Number three, he was willing to share the good news with others, which we are able to read, even today.
So let’s look at what he discovered. First of all we find a vessel in the potters hand. That potter represented the Father. But then we get a surprise. The vessel is marred while IN the Father’s hands. Into this perfect garden, perfect peace, comes destruction, marring, damage.
In the Garden of Eden, man was in God’s hands. But then the enemy came and tempted Eve and she and Adam fell. They added evil to the good that they knew and so corrupted their perfect relationship with their Father God. Marred while in His hands. Marred because they had choice to obey and dwell in perfect love, or disobey and bring death into power over them.
Then we find something else. The vessel is made of clay. Just like in the beginning. God took the dust of the ground and formed man. But then He breathed His breath (Spirit) into that dust and it BECAME a LIVING SOUL: man. The dust was wetted by His Spirit and brought to life.
Now think about the vessel that was marred. Did the potter desert it? Did He decide it was worthless or not worthy of His hands?
No, He wet the clay – same dust/clay – but He made it a brand new vessel as pleased Him.
A NEW vessel, NEW creature, as it seems good to the potter – Father God. Such is the love of the Father for His Remnant.