Set Apart

Set Apart

But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for Himself:  the Lord will hear when I call unto Him.  (Ps 4:3 KJV)  We have been “set apart” by God.

Moreover, when you divide the land by lot into inheritance, you shall set apart a district for the Lord, a holy section of the land; its length shall be twenty-five thousand cubits, and the width ten thousand. It shall be holy throughout its territory all around.  (Ezek 45:1)  God instructed the Israelites to “set apart” land for Him that would be considered holy.  In present times, we believers have become His dwelling place—the “land” set apart for God!  (1 Cor 3:16, 17; 6:19)

What does it mean to be set apart for God? 

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light . . . (1 Pet 2:9)

It means that we who have accepted Jesus as our Savior are God’s special people, and we are called to proclaim His praises and His good news of salvation to all people, everywhere.  We are Christ’s ambassadors on the earth.  (2 Cor 5:20)

He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.  (Ps 121:3)  This is a promise of God to His chosen people—those who are set apart for Him.  Every promise in the Bible is for us!  These promises are our inheritance. (Ps 119:111)

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.  (2 Cor 7:1)  We who have Jesus as our Savior—and are set apart—are called to holiness.  (1 Pet 1:15, 16)

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.  (Eph 2:10)  What constitutes “good works”?  Good works are actions which are pleasing to the Lord.  Because we have accepted Jesus as our Savior (we are set apart), He becomes the origin or source of our actions.  Christ is the root cause of everything, and good works are the fruit!

In conclusion, we are set apart as special to God.  Because we are, we walk in holiness and good works to the glory of God.

Not Ashamed

Not Ashamed

They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.  (Ps 34:5)

I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.  (Ps 119:46)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.  (Rom 1:16)

For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”  (Rom 10:11)

For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.  (2 Tim 1:12)

One thing we learn from all of these passages is that faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ will never make us ashamed—nor should it!  The gospel of Jesus Christ is something that we should be honored to share with others, because it is our calling.

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Cor. 5:18-20 – emphasis added)

This Scripture reminds us that we are ALL called as the Lord’s representatives.  It’s not only ministers or apostles that have this ministry of reconciliation and the role of Christ’s ambassadors—all of us believers do! Additional Bible verses that demonstrate this responsibility are Matthew 5:14-16, 1 Peter 3:15, Philippians 2:14-16, Colossians 4:5-6 and 1 Peter 2:9. 

Let’s take special note of the next passages that state that Jesus is not ashamed to call us His brethren, and that God is not ashamed to be called our God! 

For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren . . . (Heb 2:11)

But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country.  Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.  (Heb 11:16)

Isn’t that wonderful and beautiful to be reminded of? 

Hebrews 2:11 additionally points out that the Sanctifier and the sanctified are united—bonded together!  We are our Beloved’s and He is ours.  (S.O.S. 6:3)  Some additional Scriptures to study are:  

  • John 6:56;
  • “He is the Vine and we are the branches” in John 15;
  • Colossians 1:27;
  • 1 John 4:13; and
  • Galatians 2:20.

In light of all of these confirmations of our union with Christ, let’s joyfully tell other people about our loving, merciful, and powerful Savior!  Remember that we will never be put to shame for being faithful ambassadors for His Kingdom.