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Gold Tried In The Fire
by Wayne Blank
What is "gold tried in the fire"?
Refining gold from the ore in which it can be found involves a process in which the ore is "tried" (the English words try, tried and trial all originated from a word meaning to refine, or to purify) or melted, in order to separate pure gold from the other elements. Refining of gold has been known to humans since early times, and The Lord used the familiar "gold tried in the fire" as an analogy for growing in faith and Truth:
"And I will turn My hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross" (Isaiah 1:25 KJV)
The purpose of the analogy is purity of character:
"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:8 KJV)
And the ultimate purpose of the purifying?
"Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the Truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again [see Spiritual Conception], not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." (1 Peter 1:22-23 KJV)
The analogy of pure gold for spiritual purity continues in the description of the New Jerusalem in which nothing, and no one, that or who is impure will be allowed to enter:
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven [see The City To Come], prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them [see The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth], and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (Revelation 21:1-4 KJV)
Fact Finder: What is the difference between the desirable "gold tried in the fire," as explained in this lesson, and the undesirable "baptism of fire"?