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Lesson Eleven

BE SEPARATE

MEMORY VERSE: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. 1 John 2:15.

BIBLE VERSE: 11 Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:1-8.
INTRODUCTION: In (1 Jn. 2:15), we are told to “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” The Apostle John went further in (1 John. 2:16). To explain to us the meaning of the word “world”. The “world” as used here means “the lust of the flesh” and the lust of the eye” and the “pride of life.” It also means the present world system that is controlled by Satan, together with its political systems, its systems of entertainments and so on. From all these things we are to be separated. These do no include the material blessings of this life which God gives liberally and richly for all to enjoy (1 Tim. 6:17).

LESSON OUTLINES
1.    FROM WHAT ARE WE TO BE SEPARATED?
2.    WHEN IN DOUBT, WHAT RULES CAN I APPLY?
3.    WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF SEPARATION?

1.    FROM WHAT ARE WE TO BE SEPARATED?
Basically, we are to separate from all forms of sin and worldly pleasures and be separate unto God. In particular, there are specific things that are definitely forbidden.
      (a) Marriage between a believer and an unbeliever is forbidden (11 Cor. 6:14-17). In (Amos 3:3), we read,            “Can two walk together, except they are agreed?” This is a definite Biblical principle that does not            change with the passing ages.
      (b) We are to be separate from all works of darkness. Business partnership between believers and             unbelievers are forbidden by this verse. Unbelievers have their ways of doing business that are            definitel not righteous.
      (c) We are to be separate from all works of darkness. Anything that cannot be done openly is evil. This            includes all secret cults by whatever name they may be called. A Christian is expected to be the light            of the world. Where light is, darkness automatically disappears.
      (d) We are to be separate from Belial, the old devil (11 Cor. 6:15). This included all forms of idol             worshipping and customs that are of pagan origin. Not only are we not be participate physically but             we are not to contribute financially either. God the Son is dwelling in any truly born-again Christian             and all that he is and has belong to Christ and they should not be used to glorify the devil.
      (e)  We are to be separated from infidels. We cannot even have fellowship with them at all.
      (f)   We are to be separated from heretics (11 Jn. 9:11). We are event not allowed to let such people stay             in our home.
      (g) We are to be separated from false teachers who dispute about basic doctrines (1 Tim. 6:5). Anyone            who denies the virgin birth, the resurrection and the Divinity of Jesus Christ is to be avoided. Anyone            who says you can continue in sin because you are under grace and not under the law is a false            teacher. Anyone who denies the power in the Blood of Jesus Christ is to be avoided.
      (h) We are to be separate from all known forms of sin and immortality including fornication, adultery,            alcoholism, smoking 1 Pet. 1:16. Because our body is not our own, we are God’s Temple and God            says whoever destroys His Temple will himself be destroyed.

2.    WHEN IN DOUBT, WHAT RULES CAN I APPLY?
There are situations when we are not sure whether to be separate or not. In such a situation, there are some guiding principles to help us decide on what to do.
(a)   If my action causes my brother to stumble, then I must not do it. (1 Cor. 8:13).
(b)   Whatsoever I do, I must be sure it will bring glory to God, otherwise I should not do it. (Col. 3:17).
(c)   I must separate from anything that harms my body, physically, mentally or emotionally (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
(d)   The best rule is to ask: If Jesus were in my present situation, what would He do? Whatever the honest       answer to that question is what I must do also (1 Pet.2:21).

3.    WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF SEPARATION?
If we live a life of separation from sin and worldly amusements and separated unto God, the following blessings shall be ours:
(a)   We shall be transformed more and more into the image of Jesus Christ (Rom. 12:2).
(b)   We Lord will receive us (11 Cor. 6:17).
(c)   We shall be a “Vessel unto honour fit for the Master’s use” (11 Tim. 2:20-21).
In making up your mind whether or not to be separate, always remember Moses and Juda. (Heb. 11:24-25). May the Lord guide your choice.

QUESTIONS
1.    What is the meaning of the “World” as used in 1 Jn. 2:15?
2.    From what things are we definitely to be separate?
3.    When in doubt what are we to do?
4.    What are the results of a life of separation?

FURTHER READINGS: The following passages will tell you more about this topic: James 4:4, 11 Tim. 4:10. Heb. 11:13, 1 Tim. 4:7, Gal. 3:2.

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