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The Bible is filled with paradoxes, and Paul's analogy in which he compares our human bodies to vessels/jars of clay is one such paradox. The power of paradox is found primarily in stark contrasts and apparent contradictions. My favorite one (if you'll indulge me) comes from Jesus, and it is included in all three Synoptics: For whoever wishes to ...


In 2 Corinthians 4, Paul used a beautiful and humble image to represent the power of God in the message that he preached. In 4:7, Paul said it was like having the most valuable treasure in an earthen vessel (meaning his body), “we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves.” Here ...


I think verse 16 explains verse 7. The Earthen Vessels are the physical bodies of those who proclaim the Gospel. Man (Adam) was made from the dust of the ground. So our bodies are Earthen Vessels.

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