Being set apart. As a believer, we may hear this term often... but what does it really mean? The biblical definition of this term is something that is holy or sanctified. When something is set apart, it is taken out of something else, and becomes holy or sanctified. Throughout scripture, The Most High refers to many things as set apart, certain foods, spirits, regions, and us! The Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) quite literally means the set apart spirit of Yah. When God takes something and sanctifies it by the Word (Yeshua), he is calling it something that can enter His presence. We know that no unclean or sinful wicked thing will be able to enter the presence of The Most High, but If it be made holy or sanctified by the Word, then it may enter into His presence. We see all throughout the 1st testament, the process that one had to go through to make themselves clean and sanctified to be able to step into the holy place before God. Now, we are sanctified by the blood atonement of the one to lived blameless.
::Chills! Every single time, chills.::
We can now enter into the Holy place with Yah because of Yeshua (Jesus).
Another aspect we see in this is the choice to live righteously. So, what does that mean exactly? We know that it is by no power of our own or justification by our works that we are deemed clean and holy before God; it is only by faith in Messiah. However, Yah calls us to be set apart from the world and continue to choose to aim to live righteously and follow the perfect example of our Messiah. Truth be told, you will fall short... we all do.... and thank God for grace and the sacrifice of Messiah.
When Adonai asks us to come out from amongst the world and to be ye separate, He is calling us to live lives that are in contradiction to sin and to the world and live in alignment with His standards and statutes. Scripture says, "If you LOVE me, you will keep my commandments"
The bible defines sin as transgression of God's commandments (of His Torah). He is asking us to live in alignment with His perfect and good Torah to the best of our ability as an act of love towards Him and as a choice to live lives that make us set apart, peculiar, and a light in a dark world.
We can not be the salt of the earth and a light to the unbelievers If we are blending in with Babylon.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
John 17:19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.