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Scripture: Vessel Nature of Humans

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Bible Quotations on Your Nature As a Container


Note on Meaning of Vessel

  • A vessel is a container such as a bottle, bowl, cup, house, tabernacle, or temple.

Old Testament Quotations

“Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?” —Proverbs 20:24

“LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.” —Isaiah 26:12


New Testament Quotations

“Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.” —Matthew 9:17 

“Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.” —Matthew 12:44 

“Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.” —Matthew 13:52 

“Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? ” —Matthew 23:16-17 

“And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.” —Matthew 23:21 

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. ” —Matthew 23:25-26 

“But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.” —Matthew 25:4 

“And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.” —Mark 2:22 

“And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” —Mark 3:25 

“No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.” —Mark 3:27 

“But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.” —Luke 5:38 

“He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.” —Luke 6:48 

“And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.” —Luke 11:39 

“Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body. ” —John 2:19-21 

“Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? ” —Acts 7:48-49 and 17:24 

“But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:” —Acts 9:15 

“Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,” —Romans 9:21-23 

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. ” —I Corinthians 3:16-17 

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” —I Corinthians 6:19 

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” —II Corinthians 4:7 

“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: ” —II Corinthians 5:1-2 

“For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.” —II Corinthians 5:4 

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” —II Corinthians 5:8 

“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” —II Corinthians 6:16 

“In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:” —Ephesians 2:21 

“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;” —Ephesians 3:16 

“That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;” —I Thessalonians 4:4 

“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. 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.” —II Timothy 2:20-21 

“But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” —Hebrews 3:6 

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;” —Hebrews 9:11 

“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” —I Peter 2:5 

“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 hindered.” —I Peter 3:7 

“Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.” —II Peter 1:13-14 

“And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.” —Revelation 21:22


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