To be separate from the world
To link arms, to be friends with this world, is to be an enemy of God. Paul is saying, (do not choose the the world as your bosom friend), when he references Old Testament scriptures in 2 Cor. 6:18.
“At the same time,” says the Lord,
“I will be the God of all the families of Israel,
and they shall be My people.” – Jer.31:1
“They shall come with weeping,
And with supplications I will lead them.
I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters,
In a straight way in which they shall not stumble;
For I am a Father to Israel,
And Ephraim is My firstborn.” Jer.31:9
Friendship with the world is like taking a cocktail drink. There are substances within it that are dangerous to your mind. A person who is constantly intoxicated, will have an intoxicated lifestyle. This is just like the person who embraces the world. You are called to separate yourself from the world, if you are a child of God. You are the light of the world, if you belong to Jesus. Light and darkness cannot mix together.
There are benefits of being a son or daughter of the Living God. You are called to a life of righteousness. The child of a King will not associate with everyone. As a child of God, you are chosen, not because you separate yourself from worldly associates and associations, you are chosen of His own free will, by His divine election. He is your Father by Adoption and He makes you His own taking care of all your needs. He does so much more than an earthly father could ever do. His love is everlasting.
“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. 7 The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; 8 but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Deut.7:6-8
The riches in Christ are inexhaustible.
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