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2 Timothy 2:20-21

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.

It is Jesus Christ who saves us in the beginning of our experience with Him. His salvation is a free gift to us that we obtain simply by asking and believing in our heart. There is nothing we can do to merit or deserve that salvation. He accomplished it at Calvary’s Cross and it is a free gift to us.

Once we have accepted the free gift of Jesus as our LORD and Savior, we then have something to do. That something is to purge ourselves. “If a man therefore purge himself from these…” Jesus saves us but then we have to go to work to purge ourselves.

To purge means to cleanse out and it means to clean thoroughly. After Jesus saves us we have to purge ourselves from all dishonorable works of the flesh. Not so that we are the biggest and best looking vessel in the house but so that we are a sanctified vessel unto honour, meet for the master’s use. Jesus does something for me, He saves me. Then I am to do something for Him, purge myself and become a sanctified vessel meet for the master’s use.

To purge means that I do more than just a cursory wiping out of something. It means that I need to scrub something and use a cleansing agent so that no residue or stains left in the vessel. The cleansing agents available to us are the blood of Jesus Christ and the waters of His Holy Word. There is a fountain of blood and water that flowed from His side when it was pierced by the soldier’s spear at Calvary’s Cross. When we avail ourselves of that fountain of blood and water by faith it cleanses us from every stain and causes us to become a vessel of honor, meet for the master’s use.

Jesus has done His part and saved my soul. He has translated us from the kingdom of darkness into His marvelous light. Let us now return to the fountain of love that flowed from His side, that beautiful, cleansing mixture of blood and water and become a vessel of honor, meet for the master’s use.

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