Let’s firstly fill ourself with some Scriptures which speak of being Set-Apart:
1 Pet 1:13 “Therefore, having girded up the loins of your mind, being sober, set your expectation perfectly upon the favor that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Yahusha Mashiak, 14as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts in your ignorance, 15instead, as the One who called you is Set-Apart, so you also should become set-Apart in all behaviour, 16because it has been written, “Be set-apart, for I am set-apart.”
1 Pet 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a set-apart nation, a people for a possession, that you should proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light”.
2 Pet 3:10 “But the day of Yahuah shall come as a thief in the lailah, in which the shamayim shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with intense heat, and the earth and the works that are in it shall be burned up. 11 Seeing all these are to be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be in set-apart behaviour and reverence”.
I Kor 3:16 “Do you not know that you are a Mishkan of Yahuah and that the Ruach of Yahuah dwells in you? 17If anyone destroys the Mishkan of Yahuah, Yahuah shall destroy him. For the Mishkan of Yahuah is set-apart, which you are”.
Eph 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, as Mashiak also did love the assembly and gave Himself for it, 26in order to set it apart and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, 27in order to present it to Himself a splendid assembly, not having spot or wrinkle or any of this sort, but that it might be set-apart and blameless”.
1 Thess 1:3 “For this is the desire of Yahuah: your set-apartness! – that you should abstain from whoring, 4that each one of you should know how to possess his own vessel in set- apartness and respect, 5not in passion of lust, like the nations who do not know Yahuah . . . . . 7For Yahuah did not call us to uncleanness, but in set-apartness. 8Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but Yahuah, who also gives us His Ruach ha’Qodesh”.
Rev 21:6 ”Blessed and set-apart is the one having part in the first resurrection. The second death possesses no authority over these, but they shall be priests of Yahuah and of Mashiak, and shall reign with Him 1,000 years”.
Rev 22:11 “He who does wrong, let him do more wrong; he who is filthy, let him be more filthy; he who is righteous, let him be more righteous; he who is set-apart, let him be more set-apart. 12“And see, I am coming speedily, and My reward is with Me, to give to each according to his work.
Many things were mentioned as Set-Apart in Scripture: the ground Mushah stood on at the burning bush, the Shabath day, priestly garments, the curtain in the dwelling place, gifts, oil, the Sanctuary, the Messengers, the Father Himself, the Mountain, the City . . . and we are to be SET-APART also . . . and it may not be the experience you thought !!!
When I looked up what Set-Apart means in the original Hebrew, the idea and concept of being SEPARATED kept coming up, and here is what SEPARATE means in Hebrew:
Now if you are on the path, having the Bridal experience then many words will have caught your attention above, but this is the word that jumped out at me. . . . . I want to look at SEVER in the Hebrew :
So we are going to be separated so that we differ in behaviour to the world. Yahusha is in control of our severing experience because He is the One Who is doing the separating (or did you think it was you who was separating yourself?)
There were many instances mentioned in Scripture in reference to cutting, such as the concept of CIRCUMCISION (the cutting of the flesh to signify a person was part of a separate group of people - set-apart). This physical act (and also the cutting of a covenant) now finds it’s fulfilment in the act of Immersion, whereby a repentant applicant’s heart is circumcised (or cut) in order for it to receive the Renewed Covenant (Ten Commands - Wedding Vows) written on it and thus receive the Set-Apart Spirit (the Ruach of Yahusha) Who enters us to train our behaviour so that we behave like His Bride should.
Heb 4:12 “For the Word of Yahuah is living, and working, and sharper than any two- edged sword, cutting through even to the dividing of being and ruach, and of joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart”.
2 Kor 2:16 “And what union has the Mishkan of Yahuah with idols? For you are a Mishkan of the living Yahuah, as Yahuah has said, “I shall dwell in them and walk among them, and I shall be their Alahim, and they shall be My people.” 17Therefore, “Come out from among them and be separate, says Yahuah, and do not touch what is unclean, and I shall receive you”.
Matt 25:32 “And all the nations shall be gathered before Him, and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats. 33And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left”.
ON THE FLIP-SIDE, NO ONE CAN SEPARATE US FROM YAHUSHA:
Romans 8:35 “Who shall separate us from the love of the Mashiak? Shall pressure, or distress, or persecution, or scarcity of food, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36As it has been written, “For Your sake we are killed all yom long, we are reckoned as sheep of slaughter.” 37But in all this we are more than overcomers through Him who loved us. 38For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor messengers nor principalities nor powers, neither the present nor the future, 39nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of Yahuah which is in Mashiak Yahusha our Master.