Summary: We must have the Holy Ghost in order to live as we should
2 COR 6:14Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people." 17"Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." 18"I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." CHAPTER 7:1Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
It’s hard to live a holy life these days. It seems like eveerything is worse than it ever was. Our once great nation, founded on Christian principles is in such a state of moral decline such as we have never seen. Very much like Soddom and Gommorah was before God destroyed them. The nation of Israel also went thru their times of Godlessness. God would disciple them, even though He loved Israel greatly. How much more will He disciple the U.S. for our Godlessness.Jesus is the messiah...you must believe that. Light has no business with darkness. We don’t have any business teaming up with people who don’t believe in Jesus (messiah)
It is so bad that it has penetrated our churches. We have allowed sin to creep in and, in some cases, take over from what the church is supposed to be doing. Churches are now entertaining instead of preaching the Gospel. Preachers are afraid to preach about sin....might loose numbers or tithes. Heaven forbid we preach about hell....so we compromise the truths of the Bible and "do what is right in our own eyes". Just like in the days of Noah and Lot. There is a judgement coming...for us as individuals and as a nation.
What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? Are there unbelievers attending our churches? Let me ask you this. If you really believe in God, the Bible, the resurrection of the saints, then why do we not fear God enough to walk according to His word? Our text tells us to come out...seperate ourselves from the world. So why do we so desperately hold onto the things of this world? Why do preachers feel confined to preach against sin? Why don’t we tell people living together without the benefit of marriage that "hey...you are living in sin!" Or why do you go see movies that are not fit to watch? Movies that use your Lord’s name in vain. Movies that do not edify your soul. Our text says that we are the temple of the living God. Would you take God to some of the places you go, or tell some of the stories you tell if you knew that God was listening? How do you think He’s feel if you took Him to a movie and they kept using His son’s name in vain? You know, the one He sent to die for your sins? The church does a great dis-service when it doesn’t teach God’s truths....and great harm to believers.
17"Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." That’s pretty plain, isn’t it? But how can we purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit like our text tells us to do? Only one way can we do anything...that is by the power of the Holy Ghost. And the more Holy Ghost you have dwelling inside of you, the better you are prepared to live that righteous life that God REQUIRES of us all. It is not a request...it is a requirement!
Have you ever seen where there is a toxic spill and all those "clean-up" guys come in with their yellow suits and oxygen masks? First they remove the source of the contamination. Then they wash everything away and cleanse it where you can’t even tell anything was there. Did you know that is how the Holy Ghost works? He will convict you of those things that are contaminating you. Then the blood of Jesus will wash away those toxins and the Bible says "remember them no more. What a wonderful Saviour we have! Even those guys in the yellow suits can’t get you that clean!
"But Pastor, it’s so hard to live like I know I should." I want to show you you something about Holy Ghost power. look in MAT 27:50And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. 51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. 52The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people. How’s that for power? Can you imagine people you thought were dead and buried coming to see you? "Hey, look it’s Uncle Charlie...yea, I know I still owe you that $100 bucks...pay you when I get my income tax refund!" Notice it says the bodies of many "holy people" were raised to life. Holy. Now watch this in ROM 8:5Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. 9You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. 10But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. Here’s what I want you to see....vs (KJV) 11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.