Separation

  • 2 Cor. 6 v.14-18: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

A Christian should live a holy life that reflects the nature of God, who saved him. (1 Peter 1 v.16) He should separate himself from actions, influences, or people that will contaminate him. A Christian should apply the biblical principles of separation and avoid what is (1) against a biblical standard of purity (1 Cor 6 v.17-20; 2 Cor 10 v.4-5); (2) against a biblical prohibition (Ex. 20 v.3-17); an association that will harm (1 Cor 8 v.14-18); (4) harmful to the body (1 Cor 6 v.19); (5) harmful to a weaker brother (1 Cor. 8 v.8-13); (6) offensive to the conscience (James 4 v.17); or (7) failure to follow the example of Christ (1 Peter 2 v.21) The Corinthian church was an immature congregation, with problems in many areas, but victory was available through Christ (1 Cor 15 v.57). Correct relationship to the Holy Spirit will make a believer “holy” and “spiritual.”

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