Separation

Everything God creates is created as one, then separated. It is then made one again on a higher level. This is borne out in Genesis.

3 ¶  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
4  God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
5  God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

6 ¶  Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.
8  God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

14 ¶  Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;
15  and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.
16  God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.
17  God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,
18  and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.
19  There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

In each of the above separations, although dealing with the natural earth, there are spiritual connotations. For example, God separated the light from the darkness and called the light day and the darkness night. Rev. 21 speaks mystically of the New Jerusalem and that within her there is no night at all because the presence of the Lord illumines her. Thus, the new Jerusalem, or Zion, becomes a fulfillment of how separation results in a permanent oneness with the nature of God.

Why is separation necessary? Everything God creates carries the potential of evil. The potential of evil is present because freedom of choice is always present. Thus, not just evil, but the potential of evil, must be dealt with.

Isa. 45
5 ¶  I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
6  That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

These passages reveal to us the concept that everything God creates carries the potential of good and evil. There must always be choices. This is the wisdom of God. Choice is at the heart of everything God creates. It must be this way because choice always defines the true intent of the heart. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” God created choice as a means of sealing that which He would bless unto Himself.

Ezek. 28
12  “Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13  You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created.
14  “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.
15  You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you.

The above passages in Ezekiel are generally interpreted as relating to Satan. Some interpret them as pertaining to Adam before the Fall. Regardless of interpretation, verse 15 is very revealing. Satan, or Adam, if you prefer, was perfect from the day he was created until iniquity was found in him. How can someone or something be created perfect and then be found with iniquity? It is because everything God creates has the potential for good and evil. Good and evil are bound up in all of God’s creation until there is a separation.

When there is separation, what is left is a conscious, willful intent to walk in the good. In defining “good,” there can be but one definition. “Good” is the nature of God. Evil is the absence of the divine nature. Someone or something can be created perfect, but it’s ultimate reality will be defined by its choices. The divine nature is established in us through willful choices of the rejection of evil. We willfully submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We willfully submit our hearts to the cross that separation may occur. Jesus Christ became the ultimate example of choosing good over evil.

Isa. 7
10 ¶  Then the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying,
11  “Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven.”
12  But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!”
13  Then he said, “Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well?
14  “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
15  “He will eat curds and honey at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good.
16  “For before the boy will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land whose two kings you dread will be forsaken.

 Heb. 5
5  So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him, “YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”;
6  just as He says also in another passage, “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.”
7  In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.
8  Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.
9  And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,
10 ¶  being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Our passages from Isaiah point prophetically to Christ. The verses speak of how Christ refused evil and chose good. Remember, for example, how satan came and tempted Jesus at the beginning of His ministry. In each instance Jesus rejected satan’s overtures. Heb. 4:15 also testifies, “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” The choosing of good over evil is a deep process. It goes to the heart of which nature will rule over us. Jesus learned obedience from the things which He suffered. Through His obedience He became perfect. He was created theoretically perfect, just as Adam was. But that perfection was proved out. He chose obedience whereas Adam chose disobedience. Thus, Christ becomes the source of all perfection because it was proved out in Him. Once Christ is fully established in us, the potential for evil disappears, because the proven divine nature of God rules in us. This is the fulfillment of 1st John 3.

7  Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous;
8  the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
9  No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

The error in Christianity is that it claims Christ’s perfection, yet without experientially moving into it. Voicing Bible verses and “standing on them” does not equate Christ’s perfection in us. We are to experience the separation of good and evil in us.  Christ’s perfection must be appropriated as a living experience. This is the true work of the cross. Heb. 4 expresses this.

12  For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
13  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Death, burial, and resurrection is the eternal formula. Death is the ultimate separation from that which is evil. We die to Adam that we may live unto Christ. The life that we live in Christ is the Zoe life, that which is begotten of God.

When we grasp this concept that all of God’s creation is born with the potential for good and evil, we then understand nothing has happened by accident. Jesus Christ dying on the cross was not damage control for Adam’s disobedience. Whether we can fully understand it or not, Adam’s disobedience was just one link in a chain to produce divine perfection in sons.

 

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