2 Timothy 2:19-21 “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 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.”
That word “purge” has many applications.
It may be that we need to purge our closets of clothes we no longer wear.
It may be a hard drive on a computer that as begun to operate much slower and needs to purge out the temporary and cache files.
It may apply to our diet as we purge out the sugar and processed foods and eat more organic.
It may apply to a garden that has been neglected for a time and needs to be purged of weeds.
It may be as Paul admonishes Timothy in our text;
“If a man therefore purge himself from these…”
Webster’s gives this definition:
To cleanse or purify by separating and carrying off whatever is impure.
This warning from Paul is as much for the newly saved as it is for those who are seasoned saints.
He says to “endure hardness” (2 Timothy 2:3) as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Many think that to endure in this life is hard, but to live godly is not something they can do.
The more focused we are on the goal, the more precise the path seems to become.
When the commands of God are up for debate as to whether or not they fit into our lifestyle or we can sacrifice for a time, will not be an issue for the hardened soldier. They are “all in” sort of speak.
Paul tells further not to entangle ourselves with this world.
2 Timothy 2:4 “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
Some may balk at the choice to become a soldier. It was something of a ‘de facto’ principle of our relationship once we are saved. Once we chose Jesus Christ as our Savior, He chose us to be a soldier in His army. It is no wonder considering the price it cost Him to purchase us.
Paul also tells Timothy that such a one is to “strive for the masteries.” As we age, we lose the desire to learn if we do not engage in it regularly. We feel it is too much work. For some, learning may not have come easily, and the whole attitude toward it is bitter to the taste.
Paul says to strive or to exert energy to obtain the goal of mastering a skill.
He also states the job of being husbandman; meaning that he oversees the managing of the estate. The full purchase has been made for our soul by the Lord Jesus Christ, and we are now put in charge of governing our vessel unto His honor.
We must bring into captivity those things that are displeasing to our master.
2 Corinthians 10:5-6 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”
When our thought life is established properly, everything else falls into place.
If there is a command of God with which you take issue, look at the very root of the problem. Often, those who voice their displeasure over some sin are the ones most guilty. They know how to get right, but leave off the doing of it.
Paul’s exhortation to Timothy continues with:
2 Timothy 2:10 “Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.”
It is no secret that to live godly in this present world means that you will oppose most popular thought and direction of the mass of people among whom we are called to live. The hard thing is to do that which is not popular, or not acceptable.
When you and I make decisions to deny our flesh, it brings others into a conviction about their own choices. Our enemy uses their ignorance to pressure us into following them instead of following our leader into the battle for their soul.
You and I never came to the knowledge of the truth until the Holy Spirit came to live within. That is when the schooling begins. The real study, the right study starts at salvation. What is the subject matter?
Knowing what is the mind of the One leading.
Once you and I know the heart of God; what He loves; what He hates, and what is His will for our lives; we can fully and wholly follow someone like that.
Plainly, Paul is saying remove any and everything that stands in the way to complete and utter obedience to the One leading the army.
We often fear that which do not know. We fear the dark for the unknown that we cannot see. We fear to be a witness for our Lord because we may be rejected, hurt, hit, spit upon, arrested, or even killed. But when I know that I am doing His will in simple obedience, He will be the one to protect, empower, and provide for me while I do that which He tells me.
Because He promised:
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
We will fight for that which we love the most.
It is unfortunate when I see those who name the name of Jesus fighting for their right to sin. They claim ‘liberty’ when, in fact, they are genuinely ignorant of the scriptures. Paul gave Timothy the cure for that as well:
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
I can never claim to know all about my God. The depths of just who He is are unsearchable. The more I look, the deeper it gets. Not to confusion, mind you; but, the more I look, the deeper I dig; the more wonderful; the more beautiful; the more majestic my God becomes.
Romans 11:33 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”
Ephesians 3:8 “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;”
Many will suffer through detoxification of their body to know what a more healthy body they can have. Can we who are saved, suffer through the process of “detoxing” ourselves from this world?
Purge out the sin. Confess and repent all that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. Put yourself at the mercy of God and allow Him full and total access to every dark corner of your soul.
He already knows what’s there.
Understand this as well – in His knowing every dark, and dirty detail of our lives; He loves us still! As long as you and I still have breath in our body, be assured that God is not done with us yet!