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Many Christians and churches are treating God's command to be separate from the world as an option, something we should only practice when we think it is best - or perhaps not at all. But what does God's Word say?
What is the standard of separation for the believer and for the church? Scripture tells us that the standard is God Himself - "Be holy, for I am holy." The standard is unchanging, because He is unchanging.
The Biblical doctrine of separation is not something that is irrelevant or outdated in our time. It is just as important - perhaps more so - than at any other time in the history of the people of God. But what exactly is separation? How does the Bible define it? What is the key to it?
Has man changed, have social conditions changed, or have methods of presenting the Gospel changed, so that the Biblical doctrine of separation is no longer relevant, or the church needs to modify it?
Is it the job of Christians to reclaim the cultures of this present world? What does the Bible say about this? Stay tuned for the answer from God's Word, as we enter a new phase of our study of the book of Colossians.
How must the adopted sons of God live in this present evil world? We must live in view of the destiny God has ordained for us, the boundary He has placed around us, the dwelling place He has taken within us, and the promise He has given us.
How are God's adopted sons to meet the challenges of living in a way that honors our new family name in an evil world?
Did you know that if you are truly a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, if you are truly an adopted son of God, you have new relationships with all other human beings - both believers and unbelievers?
Did you know that if you are trusting in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life, the Bible says you are an adopted son of God? Do you know what your greatest privilege is as God's adopted son? Are you taking full advantage of it?
Did you know that every believer, as an adopted son of God, has one but two great intercessors in prayer to our Heavenly Father? That great privilege is our focus today, as we continue our study of the great doctrine of our adoption as sons.