November 1, 2009
“ And ye shall be holy unto me: for I am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine”. - Leviticus 20:26
In this Old Testament verse of scripture we find the basic fundamental bible truth regarding true biblical separation by God’s people and the reason why God wants His people separated. He wants those people that are called His people to be different and to glorify Him in every way.
For our learning today, we will discuss the three basic areas of separation that the New Testament teaches and commands Christians to do during this period of Grace.
( Separation from sin and worldliness )
Ephesians 5:1-3 If we are to “walk in love” as we are commanded to walk, moral separation must be part of our every day lives.
Ephesians 5:4-11; II Corinthians 7:1 Moral separation is a very careful, yet narrow separation from the world that would entice us in every possible way.
Ephesians 5:8-11 We separate not to be saved, but because we are saved and have a new purpose.
I Peter 4:1-4; I John 2:15-17 Moral separation is not avoiding sinners, but avoiding sin.
Ephesians 5:15-17 Moral separation is necessary to grow and have our life count for God.
( Separation from teaching of false doctrine )
Romans 16:17; II John 8-11 In these and other scriptures, we are commanded to mark and avoid those who teach false doctrine. False doctrine is that doctrine that is contrary to the Apostles clear teachings in the New Testament, see Acts 2:42.
II Corinthians 11:3-4 Paul makes it clear that the doctrines of (1) Jesus, (2) the Gospel, and (3) the Holy Spirit must be understood and any other teaching other than his is wrong.
I Timothy 3:15 In the epistles to Timothy and to Titus, much doctrine is given to them regarding the government, discipline, organization and function of Christ’s church. In Revelation 2-3 Jesus speaks to the entire church age and warns us “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches”. There is no room for “personal preference” regarding church doctrine.
II Timothy 2:15-18; Revelation 22:18-19 The doctrine regarding prophecy and future things is very important to God and is a basis for separation from those that take God’s book lightly.
I Timothy 6:3-5 This passage teaches clearly that we as Christians are to “withdraw” from them that deny the doctrine of godliness and live continuously in the sins of the world.
( Separation from brethren living in sin )
I Corinthians 5:11-13; II Thessalonians 3:6 In these and other scriptures, we see that we are to separate from our fellow believers if they are willfully continuing to live in sin.
Matthew 18:17 Jesus Himself spoke of the proper discipline toward a wayward brother.