This word is not used much anymore expect by those who work with metal and jewelry. It deals with the waste matter taken off the molten metal during smelting. I couldn’t find the word in the New Testament, but God uses it in the Old Testament to make a strong spiritual metaphor. “All the wicked of the earth you ( God)( v 115) discard like dross…” ( Ps 119:119). “the house of Israel has become dross to me;…so I will gather you in my anger…and you will be melted.” ( Ezk 22: 18:22). “ …I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.” ( Isa 1: 24-25).
The Holy Spirit writer and Apostle, Paul, uses a different metaphor for the useless material to be discarded ---circumcision. The physical act that meant so much in the Old Law is now unnecessary. “…the uncircumcised who obey the law will condemn those circumcised who are lawbreakers…” ( Rom 2:25). “…neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything (spiritually), what counts is a new creation ( Gal 6:15).
He further explains why this action is like the dross of metal. “…For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh.” ( Php 3:3). Paul seals the deal with this statement, “…and circumcision is circumcision of the HEART, by the Spirit, not by the written code…” ( Rom 2:29).
It is necessary then for all who have put on Christ in immersion ( Gal 3:26-28), both male and female, to rid themselves of the dross of the heart ( 1 Cor 5:8). Some of the 1st Century Christians still dealt with jealousy, anger, gossip and arrogance ( 2 Cor 12: 20). These and several other behaviors are the dross that God wants us to remove from our hearts as He refines us like silver or gold, so that we can become pure and valuable in His eyes ( Zes 13:9).
Submitted by Jery Bailey, Elder
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