to the Master - Part 2
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** In God's household, the body of redeemed people, are there only valuable
No! His body is made up of both honorable and dishonorable vessels.
Some are "gold and silver" vessels that honor the Lord and
His word, while others (even though they are saved) are wood or earthenware
and in their common or base use of life they bring dishonor to the Lord.
V.21 ** We know that when Paul uses a "therefore", he
is reflecting back upon what he has just said, so what are we to cleanse
ourselves of in order to become a vessel of honor?
"...these things..." which refers back to the wood and earthenware
type of vessels in the body of Christ! Paul is calling for the godly
believers in the church to separate themselves from fellowship with
those believers who are not clean, not obedient, not submissive to the
Lord, and not eager to serve Him.
** But aren't we supposed to help those Christians who are weak and struggling
Absolutely! We are all sinners! Paul told those "who are spiritual"
to restore a brother who is caught in any trespass, in a spirit of gentleness;
each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted. All see - Galatians
** So how is this situation different? If I want to become a vessel of
honor, why am I supposed to cleanse myself of sinning brothers?
Because these "vessels" are not repentant, but have become
useless to the Lord in their pattern of habitual sin and sin is contagious!
Look with me...
Proverbs 13:20 - "...the companion of fools will suffer harm."
Proverbs 2:20 - "..walk in the way of good men, and keep to the
paths of the righteous."
Psalm 1:1 - "...who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked..."
1Corinthians 5:9-13 - "...remove the wicked man..."
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