by Roby Ellis SPANISH/ESPAÑOL
[Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1]
A. The problem with the Corinthian church was that it was too Corinthian.
B. What does it mean to be separate from the world, how is this accomplished, and how important is it to our lives and destinies?
I. Separation is often unpleasant, but sometimes it is necessary.
A. We do not enjoy separation from family (cf. Genesis 2:24).
B. Sometimes it is essential for life (1 Corinthians 5:4-8).
C. Death brings pain, but all must experience it (Hebrews 9:27).
II. We must separate ourselves from the world.
A. It may be difficult for us to separate ourselves, but we will be blessed if we do (Luke 6:22-24).
B. This means that we avoid things that cater to the lusts of men (1 Peter 4:1-4; Romans 12:2).
C. Separation may come at high cost (Philippians 3:4-8).
III. Failure to separate yourself will cost you everything.
A. Israel paid for their failure to separate themselves from the Canaanites (Numbers 25:1-3; 1 Kings 11:1-4; Ezra 9-10).
B. Failure to separate ourselves from the world results in separation from God (Isaiah 59:1-3; James 4:4).
C. Those who keep company with wicked men are sure to share their fate (Numbers 16:26-33; 1 Corinthians 5:7-9).
IV. It is a great blessing when God separates us as His children.
A. God separated Israel in Egypt (Exodus 8:22-23; 11:7).
B. God separated the church from the world (1 Peter 2:9-10).
“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).