“Stay true to the Lord”

 

What do we mean by separation? Does it mean that a Christian believer should not have any contact with an unbeliever?

 

 

 

                 We are not supposed to isolate ourselves from the people. We have to live among them as salt and light. Martthew.5:13—16. This truth is clearly mentioned in John 17, where the Lord refers a lot on our separation. “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world.” “I do not pray that you should take them out of the world, that you should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” John.17:11, 15, 16. The kind of separation the Lord Jesus Christ expects from us is this, that we live in the world, among the people, yet living in such a way that we are not of this world. We are not following the pattern and the practices of those unbelievers around us.

 

                  It was in this way Christ lived in this world. About Him even Jews of His time made an accusation that He associates with sinners and publicans. Yes, He loved them and ate with them. Luke 7:36Luke 7:36
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

Jesús en el hogar de Simón, el fariseou 36 Uno de los fariseosv rogó a Jesús que comiera con él. Y habiendo entrado en casa del fariseo, se sentó a la mesa.

WP-Bible plugin
; Mak 6:31; Matthew 11:16-19Matthew 11:16-19
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

16 Pero ¿a qué compararé esta generación? Es semejante a los muchachos que se sientan en las plazas y gritan a sus compañeros, 17 diciendo: “Os tocamos flauta y no bailasteis; os entonamos canciones de duelo y no llorasteis”,j 18 porque vino Juan, que ni comía ni bebía,k y dicen: “Demonio tiene”. 19 Vino el Hijo del hombre, que come y bebe, y dicen: “Este es un hombre comilón y bebedor de vino, amigo de publicanos y pecadores”. Pero la sabiduría es justificada por sus hijos».l

WP-Bible plugin
. His effort was not to copy their life style but to win them. He loved them and sought to save them. Yet about Christ the word of God says He was separate from sinners. Hebrews 7:26Hebrews 7:26
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

26 Tal sumo sacerdote nos convenía: santo, inocente, sin mancha, apartado de los pecadores y hecho más sublime que los cielos;

WP-Bible plugin
. We must be willing to identify with others where ever we can, without compromising our identity, values and principles. 1 Corinthians 5:101 Corinthians 5:10
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

10 No me refiero en general a todos los fornicarios de este mundo, ni a todos los avaros, ladrones, o idólatras, pues en tal caso os sería necesario salir del mundo.

WP-Bible plugin
. Yet, we must take a definite stand when it affects our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

                Separation is costly indeed. We will lose many things. We will be branded as ‘fundamentalists’ or even ‘extremists’! But our commitment for the truth and the Lord will be rewarded promptly. “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you.” 2 Corinthians 6:172 Corinthians 6:17
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

17 Por lo cual, «Salid de en medio de ellos y apartaos, dice el Señor, y no toquéis lo impuro;n y yo os recibiré

WP-Bible plugin
. “And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty”. 2 Corinthians 6:182 Corinthians 6:18
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

18 y seré para vosotros por Padre, y vosotros me seréis hijos e hijas, dice el Señor Todopoderoso».ñ

WP-Bible plugin

 

                   Therefore we must be clear about the meaning of separation. It is not isolation but keeping oneself away from the evil and unscriptural conduct of this world, so that we can stay true to the Lord and His word.