Separated by His Presence

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One of the almost forgotten doctrines of Scripture is the doctrine of separation. As mentioned in a previous devotion, there are so many aspects to each doctrine in Scripture. There is a positional aspect to the doctrine of separation (that which God has done on our behalf). When we were saved, God mercifully snatched us out of the grasp of Satan and his kingdom of darkness and placed us into the kingdom of the dear Son of God (Col. 1:12-13). We were separated forever from this evil world and nothing can ever change that. I love what God said of the nation of Israel in Leviticus 20:26 as there is such a direct parallel with how God views the New Testament saint – “And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.” (See also 1. Peter 2:9). There is also a practical aspect to our separation as believers (that which is our responsibility before God and involves an act of our will). We are commanded to separate from that which is evil and unholy (II. Cor. 6:14-18; II. Tim 2:19). In this devotion, I would like to draw our attention to another facet of our separation that we might not have considered much before. It is found in Exodus 33:16 – “For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? Is it not that thou goest with us? So shall we be separated, I and thy people from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.” This verse forms part of a heart felt plea on the part of Moses for God to bless His people with His manifest presence as they journeyed to the promised land. Moses knew that the presence of God in the midst of His people was a key part of making them a distinct people in the eyes of the heathen nations. Is not this also one of the key things that makes us a different and separated people? If God’s presence among the nation of Israel made them a separated, distinct people, how much more the New Testament Christian who has God’s presence within. God in the Person of the Holy Spirit dwells within each of His people, making us a separated, distinct people. How foolish then to try and fit in with the world! If you are a truly born again believer, you are indwelt by the King of kings and Lord of lords, the very God of eternity. His presence guarantees your separation.

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