Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 4, 2017

“Take away the dross from the silver, And there comes out a vessel for the smith”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 25:1-10.

“These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah, king of Judah, transcribed.

2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.
3 As the heavens for height and the earth for depth,
So the heart of kings is unsearchable.
Take away the dross from the silver,
And there comes out a vessel for the smith;
5 Take away the wicked before the king,
And his throne will be established in righteousness.
6 Do not claim honor in the presence of the king,
And do not stand in the place of great men;
7 For it is better that it be said to you, “Come up here,”
Than for you to be placed lower in the presence of the prince,
Whom your eyes have seen.

8 Do not go out hastily to argue your case;
Otherwise, what will you do in the end,
When your neighbor humiliates you?
9 Argue your case with your neighbor,
And do not reveal the secret of another,
10 Or he who hears it will reproach you,
And the evil report about you will not pass away.”  Proverbs 25:1-10.

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“Take away the wicked before the king,
And his throne will be established in righteousness.”  Verse 5.

“Like a trampled spring and a polluted well
Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.”  Proverbs 25:26.

“…  Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.”  1 Corinthians 5:13.

“Your boasting is not good.  Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough?  Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened.  For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.  Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”  1 Corinthians 5:6-8.

We are called to purity of doctrine.  “in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified,”  Titus 2:7.

Consider Article 29:  Of the marks of the true Church, and wherein she differs from the false Church. in Belgic Confession:

“… The marks, by which the true Church is known, are these:  if the pure doctrine of the gospel is preached therein;  if she maintains the pure administration of the sacraments as instituted by Christ;  if church discipline is exercised in punishing of sin:  in short, if all things are managed according to the pure Word of God, all things contrary thereto rejected, and Jesus Christ acknowledged as the only Head of the Church.  …”

If we cannot identify “the pure doctrine of the gospel”, then we are in trouble.

But, we can identify “the pure doctrine of the gospel”.  It is the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation expressed in the Canons of Dordt summarized in a nutshell by “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism.

So, are we going to preach and teach the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation expressed in the Canons of Dordt summarized in a nutshell by “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism?

Or, are we going to be “seeker sensitive” with other doctrine?

Are we going to have the primary intention of not offending so that we hide or obscure or tarnish “the pure doctrine of the gospel”? 

If we do so, it would be comparable to that “righteous man who gives way before the wicked” with a result like “a trampled spring and a polluted well” that we read in Proverbs 25:26.

“Take away the dross from the silver,
And there comes out a vessel for the smith;”  Verse 4.

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