This past Sunday I preached a sermon from Exodus 33. You can listen to it here.
My 2nd point in that sermon is that ‘the Godly are distinct from the rest of the world.’ That is the very point Moses in making when talking to God in Exodus 33:16 about the necessity of God’s presence with God’s people. That is a very real point that is clearly made in the Old Testament.
In the New Testament, this point of distinction is clear as well.
In 2 Corinthians 6:14, Paul makes a very familiar statement “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.”
Many people have heard this statement before being discussed in the context of marriage. To the Apostle Paul, believers and unbelievers are so drastically different at their core that he doesn’t see how they could be united (or “yoked”) together.
As Moses said – the presence of God in His people makes them distinct from the rest of the world.
To highlight this point, Paul then asks 5 questions in a row in verses 14-16. FIVE! In other words, we should all see the difference between the two. Here are the 5 questions:
- For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? v.14
- What fellowship has light with darkness? v.14
- What accord has Christ with Belial (Evil)? v.15
- What portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? v.15
- What agreement has the temple of God with idols? v.16
Those are strong questions. And they are helpful too for helping us distinguish the differences.
Do you see the difference? Once you really look into it there is quite a difference between a believer and an unbeliever.
Lets hear God’s Word and not “yoke” those together!