2 Corinthians 4:7 – We have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.

At the beginning of this chapter, Paul is defending his apostolic ministry. He declared the gospel, which the true apostles preach. In verse 7, he wrote that the treasure we have as believers is in earthen vessels, in other words, our human body. Although the Holy Spirit is not mentioned in this verse, it is clear Paul wrote concerning the treasure of the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is the power of God who gives us salvation. We can never claim the power originates with us. This surpassing greatness of the power originates in God.

An earthen vessel can easily be broken. The enemy tries to defeat us on many fronts. Our earthen vessels give Him great advantage. As humans, our fleshly appetites easily control our thinking. In the beginning, this is how the enemy of our souls got an upper hand. In the Garden, he attacked a weakness in Eve. Through Eve, he went after a weakness in Adam. In the wilderness, as recorded in Matthew 4 and Luke 4, the devil tried to use the same tactics when he tempted Jesus. Jesus did not cave to the appetites of the flesh, but rather relied completely on the Holy Spirit by using the Word of God to overcome the tricks of the enemy.

In every area of His life, Jesus sought to glorify His Father. He chose the Father’s desire over the appetites of His earthen vessel. Even on the cross, as He drew close to the final moments in His fully human body, He cried out to His father and said, “Into Your hands I commit My spirit.” He then gave up His spirit which returned to the Father. Paul wrote, “To those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24). It is clear that the apostle understood the truth regarding the power of God. Jesus became weak by taking on human form. He totally relied upon God to supply the power. There is nothing weaker than our flesh, but God has chosen to indwell these human vessels so that all the praise and all the glory might belong to Him.

Ask the Holy Spirit to be free in you to reveal His surpassing greatness so that the power might be of God and not of you. Relinquish control once again to Him in all things. Father, into Your hands I commit my life to be used as You see fit.