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Rom 1:1 e KJV Separated unto the gospel of God.
Separation for the believer so often involves us separating ourselves from negative things. Though this is an important aspect of this subject, we also need to pay attention to what we are separated unto. Paul was separated unto the gospel, to its study, meditation, his living by it, and his proclaiming of it. He had found the pearl of great price and it was worth giving his whole life for!
The word separated is in the perfect tense, which means it was an action that was completed in the past, with existing results. Though the action of separating a person to himself is firstly performed by God, we have a role to play in this also, where we must separate ourselves unto God in dedication to Him, and to what He has commissioned us to do. Paul was a willing and active participant in the setting apart process.