“Someone set apart for God”

 

          “To be set apart for God,” means TO BELONG TO GOD. This speaks of a RELATIONSHIP, and really an IDENTITY. If we are IN CHRIST that we are, by definition, one who is set apart for God. Indeed, CHRIST IN US or us in Christ is what sets us apart for God. HE sets us apart.

 

             We are actually being told WHO we are to God, and WHO God is to us. We are being told what are relationship is to God through Christ, we belong to HIM. We do not belong to the world, and we do not belong to ourselves. We belong to GOD. But every bit of this is possible only because Christ is in us. As Paul said:

And you are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. 1 Corinthians 3:231 Corinthians 3:23
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

23 y vosotros sois de Cristo y Cristo es de Dios.ñ

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            “To be set apart” means to belong to God in every way by relationship. We can see how that certainly includes works. But it goes beyond works. To be set apart.” means that my SELF belongs to God. This means that there is no aspect of a human being who is in Christ which does not belong to God, our works, our wills, our desires, our motives, and everything about us, both inward and outward. ALL is set apart for God.

 

             Once this is understood, then many Bible verses make sense. For example, Paul wrote about being, “baptized into Christ.” Baptism means to be, “immersed into.” Well, we are, “baptized into His death.” Can we see that ALL of our, “self-ownership,” has been buried in the death of Christ? But then we are raised from that death, who no longer belong to themselves, but are UNTO GOD. Again this is the meaning of being IN Christ. There is no other meaning.

 

              The Truth is that we BELONG TO GOD and not to themselves, actually defines the entire Christian life. It tells us what a Christian IS, and it tells us what a Christian is supposed to DO. Through the new birth which is a passing from death to life, we are set apart FROM the world UNTO God. Actually, we are birthed into another realm, the realm or kingdom of God.

 

            In scripture, this is stated in a number of ways. When we are born from above, we are separated by the death of Christ from the world, from the Adam race, from the old creation, from the kingdom of darkness, and from the flesh. We are birthed into the kingdom of God, into the new creation in Christ Jesus, into the Light, and into the Spirit of God. Paul says, “If any man is in Christ HE IS a new creation. Old things have passed away, behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:172 Corinthians 5:17
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

17 De modo que si alguno está en Cristo, nueva criaturan es: las cosas viejas pasaron; todas son hechas nuevas.

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              Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him…Which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all. Ephesians 1:9, 23Ephesians 1:9, 23
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

9 Él nos dio a conocer el misterioq de su voluntad, según su beneplácito, el cual se había propuesto en sí mismo, 23 la cual es su cuerpo,g la plenitud de Aquel que todo lo llena en todo.h

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            God’s use of us is that we become a living expression of the resurrected Christ, that we become the temple of God. God’s use for us is CHRIST that we might become a vessel though whom Christ can be manifested. THAT is the primary reason God has set us apart and the one upon which all else depends. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:72 Corinthians 4:7
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

Viviendo por la fe 7 Pero tenemos este tesoro en vasos de barro,h para que la excelencia del poder sea de Dios y no de nosotros,

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              Christianity is Christ in us, the hope of glory, or conversely, Christianity is BEING IN CHRIST. All that God has for us is in the Person of His Son. He is the great treasure. But we are the earthen vessel in which the Treasure dwells. Thus, we see God’s use for us, we are to be the earthen vessel in which the great Treasure Himself dwells and is manifested. THIS is God’s primary use of those that he sets apart.