“But we have this precious treasure [the good news about salvation] in [unworthy] earthen vessels [of human frailty], so that the grandeur and surpassing greatness of the power will be [shown to be] from God [His sufficiency] and not from ourselves” [2 Corinthians 4:7, AMP].
The beautiful thing about being born again is that a great deposit has been put in us, to ensure that we consistently live a victorious life in Christ Jesus. This deposit was not a thing but a person in the form of the Holy Spirit, and with His presence in us comes power; dynamic working ability, to live a supernatural life in this natural world.
Prior to His departure, Jesus told His disciples, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” [Acts 1:8, KJV]. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended and filled the 120 disciples who had waited for His arrival. After this encounter, these men and women became transformed such that Peter who fled and betrayed the Lord Jesus, stood up and spoke boldly before the Jews leading to the salvation of many Jews that day [Acts 2:14-40]. Aside the boldness to proclaim the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ, Apostle Peter was able to perform signs and wonders just like Jesus. The Holy Spirit had indeed brought the power that Jesus had talked about, not only in Peter’s life but in the lives of all those who had this experience.
The same can be said of the modern-day Christian who is filled with the Holy Spirit; not a church pew warmer, but the one who has become born again. That is why Apostle Paul said, “we have the treasure in earthern vessels” [2 Corinthians 4:7]. This is why “we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” [2 Corinthians 4:16, NIV]. The human body, which is also referred to as the earthly tabernacle, suffers and experiences the human experience. However, our spirit man, born anew and rejuvenated by the Holy Spirit, lives a supernatural experience contrary to what the body lives. God did this so that we will not trust in our human ability, but rather rely on God’s sufficiency because the power within is from God. After all, it is “not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of God” [Zechriah 4;10, KJV].
Just as we witnessed with the disciples on the day of Pentecost, there is work that the Holy Spirit does in us. The power deposited in us first does its work in us and then manifests further in works in others. Peter first became a bold man and then He could freely proclaim the Gospel. God is doing SOMETHING in you, which is much more important than what He can do around you. Apostle Paul reminds us that “He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us” [Ephesians 3:20, MSG]. In our Christian walk, in whatever God wants to do for us and through us, He first does in us by working is us. We are reminded that “For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure” [Philippians 2:13, AMP].
God is working in you and I, by first causing us to have a will and a desire to do the things that bring Him Glory and Honor. Then He further strengthens us to act and do according to that will that has been birthed in us. We don’t have to rely on things that fail, but on a power far surpassing what we could fathom. That way, we are able to fulfill our God-given purpose for, God’s good pleasure.
Today, what are you doing with this precious treasure you have in your earthen vessel?