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Useful to the Master - Part 2

WISE CORRECTION           Page 2
V.20 (cont'd.)

** In God's household, the body of redeemed people, are there only valuable vessels?

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 with sin?

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 6:1

** 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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