26 July 2011

The Purpose of Biblical Separation

Leviticus 27:14 And when a man shall sanctify his house to be holy unto the LORD…

Allow me to spiritualize this passage in order to point out some important Bible truths. 

1.  Our churches (1 Timothy 3:15), our homes (Ephesians 6:4), our individual bodies (2 Corinthians 5; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20) must be sanctified; we must be set apart; we must be separate from this world (2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:11). 

2.  But sanctification does not equal holiness.  We must be sanctified so we can be holy.  Being separate doesn’t make me holy, but I can’t be holy if I’m not separate.  Sanctification is a necessary step in the path toward holiness. 

3.  We need to be holy so we can serve God.  We can’t stop with being separate from the world.  We must be separated unto the Lord (Nehemiah 10:28).  We can’t stop with not being conformed to the world (Romans 12:1-2).  We need to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-29). 

There’s a purpose behind being separate.  It’s so we can be holy.  And there’s a purpose behind striving for holiness.  It’s because our God is holy (1 Peter 1:13-16), and we want to be like Him and please Him. 

So God help us sanctify our house to be holy unto the Lord.