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Separation series #6: God’s Way of Holiness

If we have come to God as guilty sinners and put our faith in the merits of the precious blood of Christ, we are Christians. The transformation took place in a moment of time when we put our faith in that blood and were justified. Our sins have been forgiven and God sees us as righteous as His own Son because our righteousness is His righteousness imputed to our account. Romans 3-5 II Corinthians 5:21

EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED
As Christians, the Holy Spirit has come to live in us and has begun a life-long process of sanctification. The old life is passing away. Everything has changed; including our beliefs, thoughts, values, standards, principles for living, motives, goals, attitudes, hopes and dreams. We live in a new and different sphere with a radically new perspective to life. For that reason, our relationship with the unsaved, whether it be a stranger or a family member, can only be superficial. Though we can have a loving relationship with the unsaved, we cannot share our hearts on the deep issues of life. The unsaved are aliens from the life of God. Ephesians 2:12 They cannot understand our hearts. They think and live in stark opposition to God. To the Christian Jesus is everything. To the unsaved, self is everything.

Although we are called to live among the unsaved and point them to Christ as the only way of salvation, the command in II Cor. 6:14-18 and 7:1 is a command to Christians to not even attempt to bind ourselves with the unsaved in fellowship or in joint ministries such as evangelism. Why not? What harm is there in joint Christian endeavors with those who have never been born again?

WE ARE CALLED TO SEPARATION
The answer to those questions is that God has always called His people to separation from sin and false religions. On the other hand, Satan has always come as an angel of light and devised false religions and movements that are in total opposition to God's Word and God's purpose and he has drawn God's people into working alliances with him.

Separation began when God created the world. Genesis 1:3-5 teaches us that the first thing God did after creating the world was to separate light from darkness. That's what He has been doing ever since.

In Genesis 12:1-5 we read of how God called Abram from Ur of the Chaldees to make him the father of God's special people, Israel. The first thing God did was to call Abram to leave his home and family and the ungodliness of his past so that He could bless Him and make him a blessing to the world. God even changed him name to Abraham, reflecting his changed life and identity

Centuries later, God called Abraham's descendants to move into the promised land of Israel where the evil Canaanites dwelt. God called Israel to separate from them. Read about this in Deuteronomy 7.

Years later it's recorded in II Chronicles 18, 19 and 20 that good King Jehoshaphat made a political alliance with evil King Ahab. God judged Jeshoshaphat for yoking with this evil king.

Separation is also taught throughout the New Testament. The following are some examples of this truth.

Romans 16:17-19 We are commanded to identify and separate from false teachers.

I Corinthians 3:16-17 We are reminded that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit who lives in us and we are warned not to defile our bodies with sin.

I Corinthians 10:20-21 This shows there is no communion or fellowship between Christians and non Christians.

Galatians 1:8-9 Here God shows us that false teachers are under God's curse.

Ephesians 5:1-12 Throughout this passage we are warned that as we walk in love as Christians, we are also to avoid and have no fellowship with the works of darkness.

Holiness is all about being separated from sin and sinful influences so that we can be wholly separated unto God and to His will and plan for our lives. Have you discovered the joy and freedom that comes from Biblical separation and presenting yourself as a bondslave of Jesus Christ?

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May 25, 2006 - Posted by | Separation Series

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