Come out from the world… What does it mean?

Written by Thomas Boston
Taken and adapted from
Published by Timothy Williams

end-of-the-worldWherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
–2 Cor. 6:17

1. Where we are all by nature, even in the world lying in wickedness, being real members of that sinful and miserable society. This is our native country, we are all natives of the world lying in wickedness, by our first birth. It is only by conversion and the new birth, that we come out from among them, and are naturalized in the heavenly country. Think on this, ye young, or aged, strangers to a work of conversion; and know where ye are.

2. Ye cannot abide among them, but in rebellion against the call of God. By this gospel ye are summoned in the Lord’s name to come out from among them; and if after that, ye take it on you to stay, ye do it upon your peril, incurring the displeasure of Heaven, not only for your being among them, but your refusing to come out from among them.

3. The sin of gospel-hearers abiding among them, is fearfully aggravated, and therefore will be fearfully punished. Every new gospel-call is a new call from the Lord to you to come out from among them. How inexcusable will they then be, that give a deaf ear to them all ? Matth. 11: 21, 22. ” Woe unto thee, Chorazin, woe unto thee, Bethsaida; for if the mighty works which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment than for you.”

4. Lastly, Ye will surely be welcome to Christ, coming out from among them; for he will never put away them whom he calls to him, John 6: 37. “Him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.” His call is not only your warrant to come, but as such it is an assurance of your welcome, Mark 10:49. “And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called; and they call the blind man, saying unto him. Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.”