The Call To Separation: The Imperative

2Cor 6:14-18  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hathrighteousness 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, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.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.

During the course of our series we have seen, just as the above verses reflect, the need to live lives that are separated from sin to the service of our Lord Jesus Christ. In our final lesson in this series, I would like us to answer a very simple question…. “Why is it important that a Christian live a life separated from the sin of this world?”   May the Lord bless us as we finish our study on “The Call To Separation” .

THE SCRIPTURES:

Romans 7:22           Romans 12:1-2         Romans 13:11-14               Ephesians 4:20-32

1 Timothy 1:18-19    2 Timothy 4:6-8       Hebrews 2:9-18                 Hebrews 12:1-4

Hebrews 12:4-14      1 Peter 1:14-16        Revelation 4:10-11

THE STUDY:

“Why is it important that a Christian live a life separated from the sin of this world?”

Reason #1 – The Lord’s coming is closer than ever before…

Rom 13:11-14  And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].

Reason #2 – We will receive eternal rewards that we can use to glorify    Christ throughout eternity…

2Tim 4:6-8  For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Rev 4:10-11  The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Reason #3 – To Affirm God’s Will To Those Around Us…

Rom 12:1-2  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Reason #4 – To Testify of God’s Holiness…

1Pet 1:13-16  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Reason #5 – To Avoid A Shipwrecked Testimony …

1Tim 1:18-19  This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;  Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

Reasons #6 thru 10 – To Not Give Place To The Devil… To Meet The Needs Of Others…. To Minister Grace To Those Around Us… To Avoid Grieving The  Spirit….To Display The Forgiveness of Christ…

Eph 4:20-32  But ye have not so learned Christ;  If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;  And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;  And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.  Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil.  Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Reason #11 – To Avoid Our Heavenly Father’s Chastening …

Heb 12:4-14  Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.  And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?  For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness.  Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.  Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;  And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.  Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Reason #12 – Simply Because We Want To …

Rom 7:22  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who have been made separate to His service by His wondrous grace….

Let us all seek to run the race that is set before us: to live separated lives that glorify and honor our Lord…

Heb 12:1-4  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

For those who have yet to be separated from the bondage of sin ….

Look to Christ in faith as the One who died for us, so that we might be removed from the bondage of sin and separated from this world for His service….

Heb 2:9-18  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.  For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.  For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [are] all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,  Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.  And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham.  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

If you have any questions about salvation, I have a tab available on my blog that gives in depth information on what salvation is and what you must do to be saved.  Please click on this link for more information about salvation.

If you continue to have questions or concerns about your salvation, find a Bible-believing church in your area.  The Pastor would be glad to share Christ and the way of salvation with you.   If you feel more comfortable communicating through email, you are always welcome to email me at settledinheaven@gmail.com.

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

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About Rob Barkman

A retired pastor, Bible teacher and author of 20 years, he is currently ministering through Settled In Heaven Ministries. SIH Ministries is an on-line Bible teaching ministry that was founded by Bro Barkman in 2010. Settled In Heaven’s mission is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by fulfilling two different roles... rendering encouragement and Biblical knowledge to the saints in an effort to enhance their service to Christ; and proclaiming the gospel message to those who are in need of salvation, explaining to them their urgent need to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
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6 Responses to The Call To Separation: The Imperative

  1. Rob, I always give a whoop of joy when I see your post is next on my list. I love reading your contributions because God speaks through them. Thank you.

    As I neared the end I was thinking of 1 Corinthians 15:58 but my sister beat me to using them. (Great minds?)

    I love reason #12 – Simply Because We Want To … Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man.

    After years of knowing, loving and serving our amazing God, we know from experience that God’s way is the best way, and it is somewhat selfishly that we choose to be separate, because the life lived in complete harmony with the triune God brings such enormous delight. Of course, we are reminded of this as we sometimes deviate and are lovingly brought back – and that strengthens our resolve because we are again reminded of the perfection of His work and His way.

    What an amazing God!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      AMEN! What a blessing it is to know we are in the center of His will, doing what He has called us to do… live lives that honor and glorify Him by being separate from the sin of the world. Thanks for another wonderful comment.

  2. granbee says:

    We are not to be conformed to this world, but transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit!

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Amen, and as we stay separate from the world. let us therefore, my beloved brethren, be stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as we know that our labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58. Let us not just rest on our separateness.

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