What Does the Bible Mean by "Separation?"
II Corinthians 6:14-18
January 27, 2008
INTRODUCTION: In this passage of Scripture, Paul addresses one of the most critical issues facing the Christian, separation from the world and from worldly people. When we became saved, we united with the family of God. We are not longer part of the world; therefore, we are not to live like it, nor are we to associate with those who do. Jesus said in John 17:14, "I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world."
It is amazing to see how many of God's people think they can live for God, and at the same time, live like the world. The world and its system are dominated by Satan--the majority of the people in the world belong to him. The Bible refers to Satan as the "god of this world" (II Cor. 4:4). But we are different; we have been called out of the world--called unto God. Paul wrote, "That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory" (I Thes. 2:12). 1 John 5:19 says, "And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness."
ILLUS: I am reminded of the story of a Russian named Ivanovich who visited the Moscow Zoo for the first time. To his amazement he found a little lamb sharing the cage that held a big fierce bear. Ivanovich expressed surprise to his communist guide.
The guide smiled and said, "That is peaceful coexistence." When Ivanovich doubtfully shook his head, the guide reluctantly went on to explain "Of course, we have to put in a fresh lamb every morning."
The lesson? Peaceful coexistence between right and wrong, God and the devil is not possible.1
Let me give you two things:
I. Separation from the World
II. Separation Unto God
I. SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD
1 John 2:15-17, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father ...
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