“14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness?
15 And what concord has Christ with Belial? or what part has he that believes with an infidel?
16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My People.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
18 And will be a Father unto you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Fornication is mankind’s attempt to sanctify himself outside of the atoning work of Jesus Christ. Many Believer’s vain attempt to keep one foot in the world while at the same time being sanctified by the Blood of Jesus simply cannot be done. Old things do not fall away when we mix and mingle with the world.
“Wherefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the law by the Body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to Him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.
6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” Romans 7:4-6
The Believer, being crucified with Christ, is dead to the law. However, when we begin mixing and mingling with the world, we begin placing rules (laws) on ourselves of certain things we can or cannot do and show ourselves once again alive to our former husband (laws), the one in which we died to through the Blood of Jesus Christ.
The born again Believer has been delivered from the law through our faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ. The Mosaic Law was holy. Man made laws are often with good intent. However, they wrought in the Believer death because we unknowingly place our faith in these laws for our righteousness. As long as we obtain a certain standard, we consider ourselves righteous. However, in reality we are nothing more than self righteous and carnally minded as we persistently mind the things of the flesh.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:1-6
There is a freedom in minding things of the Spirit but this freedom is only found when our faith is placed solely and exclusively in the atoning work of Jesus Christ…not in mixing and mingling with the world.
-Donna Clark Warren