Monday, October 3, 2016

SEPARATION FROM AND TO - By Robert E. Hanna


Scripture Reading: I Thessalonians 1:7-10

"And be ye separate, saith the Lord" (II Corinthians 6: 17). God makes clear His desire for His children. He has provided for us a haven and would have us to occupy it exclusively. We need not be apart and adrift; we have a safe harbor in which to be securely moored. It is His will that we be separatefrom t~ world-separated unto the faith of Christ.

Any straying that takes place is on the part of man-not God-"with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" (James 1:17). God does not deal in half-measures: "For I am the Lord, I change not" (Malachi 3:6). Good and evil are as oil and water; they won't mix: "For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial [impure worship, cultism]? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?" (II Corinthians 6:14b- 16b)

God is patient; God is tolerant; God is forgiving. But God is not condoning of mixture. He is unwavering in His requirements, which He sets forth in no uncertain terms; and when we are obedient, He is pleased. Representative of this are Paul's words of commendation to the saints at Thessalonica. "Ye were examples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia .... YE TURNED TO GOD FROM IDOLS TO SERVE THE UVlNG AND TRUE GOD." "Idols" may be many things-not only graven images. Anything standing between God and His children breaks the perfect circle of unity. "Whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Romans 14:23b).



How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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