“Come In-Come Out-Come Up”
Text: Revelation 3:20-22, 2 Cor. 6:14-18, & Revelation 4:1-3
I want us to see three ways how the word “come” is used in relation to the believer.
1) Come In of Salvation
2) Come Out of Separation
3) Come Up of Sanctification
I. COME-IN – SALVATION
II. COME-OUT – SEPARATION
2 Cor. 6:14-18
From the World – Should Be Obvious
1 John 2:15-17
The Problem Many Christians Still Haven’t Come Out of the World.
If friend of the world – James 4:4
Many Christians like Lot sitting in the gate of Sodom
Being among the unsaved vexed his soul
Troubled his soul, he had no peace
See 2 Peter 2:7-8
From Worldly or Carnal Christians
Many Christians have a struggle with this.
Separation from worldly or carnal Christians
Not preached but it is the Word of God.
Favorite verse of Christians who don’t believe in separation is “A friend loveth at all times”
Yes, we should love the person but still hate the sin.
If person won’t get right then suppose to treat as if unsaved.
See Mt. 18:15-17.
The Apostle Paul calls them “enemies of the cross of Christ” – Phil 3:18.
Carnal or worldly Christians cause envying, strife, and divisions within the church.
Paul, addressed the problem in the church at Corinth
See 1 Cor. 3:1-3.
Paul exhorts the believer to separate from the carnal Christian in several of his epistles.
1 Cor. 5:11
railer – someone who rails on another person, scoffs, insults
extortionner – wresting anything from a person by force.
2 Thess. 3:6
Often a Christian believes he can change the worldly or carnal Christian for the better.
The Apostle Paul warns about this in 1 Cor. 15:33.
Don’t fool yourself.
You fellowship with that person for any period of time and you will be as backslidden as they are.
III. COME-UP – SANCTIFICATION
Rev. 4:1 – “come up hither”
At the catching away of the church the body of Christ, each believer will be given a new glorified body.
So, the believer will have total sanctification – body, soul, and spirit.
The expression “come up hither” is used three times.
Here is Rev. 4:1 – The church.
Composed of all those who have been born again for the day of Pentecost to the rapture.
Prov. 25:7 – Old Testament Saints
Those who had been waiting in Abraham’s Bosom in the center of the earth.
Waiting for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
See Mt. 27:50-53.
See Eph. 4:8
1 Pe 3:18-19 – prison – unsaved in hell
Rev. 11:12 – Tribulation Saints go up with two witnesses
Are you ready for the Lord’s return?
It is eminent.
He could come at any time.
See 1 Thess. 5:2
1 Pe. 4:7