Thus far this sermon has purported two truths concerning Christian separation. (1) God separates Christians at salvation by imparting His holiness to them (2) Christians are to separate themselves unto God by sanctifying themselves – by living holy lives.
At this point I think we all understand that separation from the world is essential to the Christian faith. James straightforwardly declared any faith that was not accompanied by works dead. See James 2:20. I think a major part of the works of faith has to be spiritual separation – separation of the believer from this world.
Surely there are many Christians who, like myself, know Christians who are not living the separated lives that faith requires. There could be several reasons for this but perhaps the most common is they just have not felt the importance of Christian separation. How important is separation?
1. Separation is validation of oneâ€™s faith. A Christian knows whether or not he/she is actively and ardently seeking to separate from the world. A Christian should also realize that the degree of their separation dictates their degree of usefulness to God.
2. Separation is a witness to the lost. Lost people will not detect or be impressed by our faith if we are not a separated Christian. It is the difference in character and lifestyle that captures the attention of the lost. We can tell them how faithful we are but separated living is the â€œproof of the pudding.â€ We cannot entice lost people to want what we have if we donâ€™t have something different and better.
3. Separation is preparatory for heaven. â€œFollow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.â€ Hebrews 12:14 We must possess holiness if we wish to gain heaven. That holiness comes from sanctification. Sanctification is received from the Lord at salvation and further gained from our personal conduct of faith.
This closes our sermon, Christianity: A Separated Life. If I have adequately presented the matter we have come to know: (1) God separates believers unto Himself at salvation by granting them a state of holiness. (2) Christians are to separate themselves unto God by sanctifying themselves. This is done through living holily.
In our next meeting we will begin another sermon. Until then may GOD BLESS YOUâ€¦