Separation from the World
Bible Text: II Corinthians 6:14-7:1 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst | II Corinthians 6:14: To be unequally yoked is to be connected to another person who is at cross purposes with you. If you make it your goal to serve the Lord and live devoted to His purposes, you must connect yourself to others who have done the same (I Corinthians 15:33 and Proverbs 1:10). The sinner usually pulls the believer away not the other way around (I Kings 11:4).
II Corinthians 6:15 and 16: We are the Temple of the living God. God lives inside each and every saved individual
(I Corinthians 3:16). Everywhere we go we take God with us. Everything we do we involve God in.
II Corinthians 6:17: If we are to be God’s Temple, we must separate from sin that He might have a fit dwelling place. Until we let God take us out of this world (John 15:19) and we separate from sin (Genesis 12:1-4), He cannot fully use us(John 13:8). He can clean us up, but we must not roll in filth again (Ephesians 5:25-27).
II Corinthians 6:18: If we desire to have a proper relationship with our Heavenly Father, we must live our lives in such a manner that we appear to be His children (I Peter 1:16). We should all try to look like a “chip off the old block”. We are all this world will see of God now. How well do we reflect His image to the world in which we live (Genesis 1:26 and 27 and Romans 12:5)? The world looks like their father (John 8:42-44) we ought to look more like ours.
II Corinthians 7:1: If our goal is to please our Heavenly Father by sharing His character we must “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh” by “perfecting holiness”. We must bring our practice in line with our position by acting like who we are.