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Separation

Scripture: Leviticus 20:1-8.
  • Separation is no new doctrine. It is not the invention of the Free Presbyterian Church.
  • We are not necessarily living a separated life just because we attend a separated church.
  • Biblical separation is not limited to denominational affiliations. We cannot be separated unto God amidst apostasy. It is a doctrine which impacts upon the whole man, the whole of our life and behaviour.
  • Here in this chapter we have clear teaching on separation.
Separation is, in essence, God’s purpose for all of His people.
I. SEPARATION IS THE WORK OF GOD IN THE LIFE OF HIS PEOPLE
“And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people. . . And ye_shall  be holy  unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine,” Lev 20:23-24, 26.
The purpose of God for His people is one of SEPARATION!
1. In eternity, God in love, separated a people unto Himself. “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love,” Eph 1:4.
2. In time, God, by the convicting power of His Spirit begins to separate His elect through convicting them of sin.“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment,” John 16:8. Acts 2:37.
3. Regeneration is an imparting life to a sinner and a separating him from their former deadness. “And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go,” John 11:43-44.
4. By the grace of God the believer is daily separated from sin.“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life,” Romans 6:22. “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,” Romans 12:2; Galatians 1:4; 5:22-25.
5. The final act of separation is our glorification. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is,” 1 John 3:2. “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory,” Colossians 3:4. “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness,” Psalm 17:15. “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself,” Philippians 3:21.
II. SANCTIFICATION IS ADVANCED IN THE BELIEVER BY THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. . . And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth,” John 17:17, 19. “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified,” Acts 20:32.
1. It is the Word of God that enables us to identify sin and thus avoid it. “And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them. I am the LORD which sanctify you,” Leviticus 20:8. Isaiah 59:13, John 4:23, Ps 119:54.
2. We must read and apply God’s Word daily. Psa 1:1-2
3. It is a spiritual washing. “That he might-sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,” Ephesians 5:26. A daily, indeed, a moment by moment experience. “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit,”1 Pet 1:22.
III. THE SEPARATED LIFE BRINGS US REPROACH
1. It identifies us with the Lord. He is the object of men’s reproach. “For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth,” Exodus 33:16. “As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter,” Romans 8:36.
2. Everything that is the Lord’s men despise. “But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself,” Psalm 4:3.
3. The nearer we get to the cross the greater will be our reproach. “Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach,” Hebrews 13:13. “Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used,” Hebrews 10:33. The world ridicules and sneers at those who are different, none mores than the Christian.
In order to avoid that reproach, many avoid association with Christ!
IV. HOWEVER, OUR COMFORT AND JOY DEPENDS UPON OUR SEPARATION
1. Holiness is the secret of joy. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful,” Psalm 1:1. “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in  thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore,” Psalm 16:11. “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile,” 1 Peter 3:10. Fulness of joy is found only in God’s presence, Ps 16:11.
2. Sin offends God and brings His judgment. “Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out,” Leviticus 20:22. (18:25, 28). “The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth,” Psalm 34:16.
3. Sin wounds. “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul,” 1 Peter 2:11. “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition,” 1 Timothy 6:9.
V. THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THIS SEPARATION IS THAT WE MIGHT BE THE LORD’S
“And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine,” Lev 20:26.
Separation is a surrendering unto the Lord to live according to His Word.
“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,” Romans 12:1-2. (Rom 6:13, 16, 19.)

Truth for today Pt15

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II. THIS BOAZ WAS A NOTABLE MAN

When we glean the information given us here we discover a wonderful type of our Saviour.

1. He was the neglected, rejected redeemer. Boaz could have helped Elimelech in his earlier time of distress (1:1-2) but he was overlooked or rejected.

2. He was a man with a wonderful name. A true meaning for the Hebrew form of his name cannot be given, I understand. It is only when the Greek form of his name (Matt 1:5, Luke 3:32) is considered that a meaning can be offered — “In him is strength.”  There is a mystery about Christ, Judges 13:18. “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory,” 1 Timothy 3:16. It is in the New Testament we are given a full revelation of the Lord. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14. In Him is strength and deliverance.

3. He was a man of great wealth. So it is with Christ. Famine will not hurt Him or any that look to Him. Psalm 81:13-16; 147:12-14.

The Parables #111

The sheep and the goats, Pt8. 

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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(Some opening comments on the protest against the blasphemous, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, play in Newry and also the news of the murder of 40 Muslims in New Zealand.)

We are continuing to consider the Saviour’s explanation for rewarding His sheep.
His rewards are for the care and love they have shown Him through their kindness toward fellow believers.

As has already been said: It indicates a watchfulness regarding the affairs of Christ. His name and honour and the well-being of His saints are ever uppermost in the hearts of true believers.

We have examples of such living. “And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance,” Luke 8:2-3. This was what happened in the days of the Saviour here on earth.

Such watchfulness and care continued after His ascension.

“I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: that ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also,” Romans 16:1-2.

“Succourer” comes from a word meaning to ‘rule or set over.’ She felt a burden and responsibility to look after others!

The Parables #110

The sheep and the goats, Pt7. 

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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We are considering the Saviour’s explanation for rewarding His sheep.

“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me,” verses 35-36.

Note, everything the Christian does is for Christ. “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat, etc.”

Paul said: “For to me to live is Christ,” Php 1:21. This what ALL Christians should say! Our sole aim in living should be to glorify Christ. He is the supreme End and Purpose of our life.

It indicates a watchfulness regarding the affairs of Christ. Love and concern for the people of God marks the life of the true believer.

Truth for Today, Pt14

Scripture: Ruth 2:1-3.

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We are here introduced to one of the principal characters of the book of Ruth — Boaz.

It is through him that Ruth enters upon a prosperous and secure life and becomes one of the progenitors of the Lord Jesus.

I. AT THE BEGINNING OF HER NEW LIFE IN JUDAH, A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH BOAZ BEGINS

So it is with every true believer.

1. It is in his fields that Ruth finds sustenance.

2. It is under his eye that she finds protection. 2:8-9.

3. It is through intimate union with him that she finds everlasting honour. Had not Ruth married Boaz, we would even know her name today. It is union with Christ that will bring us to honour. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light,” 1 Peter 2:9. Deut 26:19; 1 Sam 2:7-9.