Crucified With Christ–11/7/15
“I am crucified with Christ…” (Galatians 2:20)
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,”
2 Corinthians 6:17 KJV
The topic of separation is something that is not preached on very often in America’s churches today. As Christians, and as Baptists, we recognize that there is a certain degree of separation that must be present between us and the world. The first step to biblical separation, as seen in this passage of Scripture, is to “come out from among them.” In order to be separate, we must come out from the world. This means we must be saved. If we are unsaved, we can live the holiest life and still go to hell. Salvation is the first step. We must come out of the world before we can be separated from it.
Secondly, we are to “be ye separate.” We should never be seen abiding in the home or company of a lost person, other than to witness to them or lead them to Christ. Otherwise, all conversation should be cut off from that person, lest we be a partaker of their evil deeds: “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him Godspeed, for he that biddeth him Godspeed is partaker of his evil deeds.” (2 John 1:10-11)
The third thing the Bible tells us to do is to “touch not the unclean thing.” This can be tricky to decipher. The Greek word used for thing in this verse is akathartos, meaning impure, foul, demonic, lewd. Basically, this includes any and every immoral thing: fornication, cursing, witchcraft, Wicca, satanism, etc. Anything that is impure or immoral falls under the “unclean thing.”
Finally, the Lord tells us what he will do in return for our separation: “and I will receive you.” Of course, we know that good works do not get you saved, but after we’re saved by grace, God expects us to live a holy life in return. When God receives us, He is not receiving us into His Family based off works, He is approving us as good “stewards of his grace.” When God receives us as good stewards of his grace, that is a big deal. Separation may seem hard or even daunting at times, but the reward of biblical separation makes separation worthwhile. May God bless you as you make a decision each day to be separated from the world and alive in Christ. –SB
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