Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Sunday, May 27, 2018

Separation unto Christ

Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp.
HEBREWS 13:13

Let us remember that Christ is without the camp because within it He has been rejected. In the apostate system, whether it be the Judaism of Pauls day or the ecumenical apostasy of our own times, another Christ has been set up, another gospel is preached, and another spirit controls. Consequently, the true Christ of God is so rejected, maligned, and blasphemed by His enemies that He has been driven forth. His people therefore are to go forth unto Him.

Note from this verse, then, that separation from apostasy is for Christs sake. That is always the principle of the true separatist. One of the most vivid illustrations of that truth is found in Acts 19:9, where we read, When divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples. As Paul preached in the Jewish synagogue in Ephesus, there was stiff opposition to the gospel. By a hardening of their hearts against the truth, by their unbelief of the truth, and then by their open hostility to the truth, the Jews manifested the apostasy of their system. In essence, therefore, apostasy is marked by being against Christ. The words that way refer to Christ Himself, who is the Way. Apostasy always strikes at the Saviour, at His person and His work. Thus apostasy is blatant antichristianity.

If we have any love for Christ, then we must depart from that which would crucify Him afresh. To do so is obedience to the expressed will of God in His Word. It is not being schismatic, as many allege. It is the apostate church which has rent the body of Christ by departing from the faith of the gospel. The Biblical separatist goes forth only to carry on the cause of Christ, free from any affiliation with those who would tread under foot the Son of God (Heb. 10:29).

Christ is the focus of our separation. No Christian should maintain fellowship in any church or movement where Christ is denied or betrayed.
Alexander Simpson

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