Come Out From Among Them, and Be Separate
The church is the temple of God. Individually we are, as Christians, part of that temple. Paul focused on this thought and its application in his second letter to the Corinthians. Note in this context that Paul is speaking to the Corinthians as the plural you, the ‘ye’ in the King James and American Standard translations, but speaks of the temple as singular. The plurality of God’s people constitute the unity of his temple (2 Cor. 6:14 – 7:1).
Paul emphasized that as the temple of God we cannot be unequally joined with unbelievers, and we cannot have anything to do with idolatry. False religious practices are not tolerated by God. In Israel’s history they had a problem with ‘mixing’ devotion. They would claim to follow God, but they also participated in idolatry and false religious worship. A simple reading of the prophets demonstrates that God did not tolerate that action. Today is no different. We are to come out from among them, and be separate.
This separation is not simply focused on our ‘religious’ devotion, but is equally applied to our daily lives. The Christian life is a transformed life (Rom. 12:1, 2). There are, as Paul told the Colossians, specific actions and attitudes to ‘put to death’ in our lives and others to ‘add’ in our Christian living. We are not required to put off every action the world participates in, but we need to measure actions by the will of God. As we grow in our knowledge of the will of God we very quickly recognize much of the evil in the world and walk away, run away from it. This separation from the world is pleasing to God.
When we come out, and are separate, God will be our God and we shall be his people! What a blessing! What a promise! Satan will make the world look as enticing as possible. Temptations abound on every side. But, we can recognize the temptations and, like Jesus, say “It is written” and resist. As we do that we are building up the temple of God, we are holy and encouraging holiness in others.
Always remember your unique position with God, made possible through Jesus! Live for God and enjoy being a part of his temple!
The church, the body of Christ, the temple of God are all descriptions of God’s people on earth. As a person receives the forgiveness of sins, they are also added to this divinely instituted body of saved ones. God forgives sins, by the blood of Jesus, when a believer turns to the Lord and after confessing Jesus as the Christ is baptized into Christ. When they rise from baptism, an immersion, they rise in newness of life (Rom. 6:4, 5). They are then a part of the Temple of God.