A setting apart. Separation is at the heart of the biblical idea of holiness. God is separate from his creation and has set apart his people from the world. Sin causes alienation between God and humanity, making necessary the reconciling work of Jesus Christ. The end of the age will bring the final separation between the righteous and the wicked.
ExcommunicationIsraelites refusing to follow God’s commands to be cut off from God’s people:Lev 18:29; Nu 15:30; Nu 19:20; Mt 18:15-17 separation from unrepentant believers; Ro 16:17 separation from false teachers; 1Co 5:9-13 separation from wilfully sinful believers; 2Th 3:6 separation from wilfully disobedient believers; Tit 3:9-11 separation from divisive people
Ru 1:16-17 Ruth will not be separated from Naomi; 2Ki 2:11 Elisha separated from Elijah; Phm 15 Philemon separated from Onesimus; Jn 4:9 separation between Jews and Samaritans; Eph 2:11-12 separation between Jews and Gentiles
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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