ALL THINGS NEW
John saw an amazing vison of a great city collapsed and burning. It was the city called “Babylon”, a picture of the world system which will be destroyed when Jesus returns to set up God’s kingdom on earth. John heard a voice crying out:
Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God will remember her crimes.” (Rev. 18:4, 5).
In Abraham’s time, God did the same thing to five wicked cities around the Dead Sea. He came to tell Abraham what He was about to do. Abraham pleaded for the city of Sodom because his nephew, Lot was there.
God went to Sodom with two angels, to get Lot and his family out of the city. They fled to the hills while God rained fire and brimstone down on these cities until there was nothing left, not even stones. Everything was reduced to ash.
Archaeologists have found the ruins of these cities near the Dead Sea. This really happened. Every building became ash and, embedded in the ash they found balls of unburnt sulphur (brimstone). This should tell us that God means what He says.
This instruction is for us today too. Through the pen of Paul, God gives us an invitation and a promise but it is coupled with a condition and a warning:
What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God as said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
“Therefore, come out from them and be separate,” says the Lord. “Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty. (2 Cor. 6:14-18).
To be a son or daughter of God is a great privilege. He has given us His name; He has provided an eternal home for us and an inheritance with Jesus. He has given us everything we need for godly living (2 Peter 1:3-4), but we must also play our part. Jesus rescued us from the corrupt world system because it destroys people and it will eventually be destroyed. We don’t want to be a part of that destruction.
The only way we can enjoy the privileges of sonship is not to be part of what the world does. God wants you to be different.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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