2 Corinthians 7:1 – Responding to God’s Promises

Today’s Reading: Ecclesiastes 4:1‐6:12, 2 Corinthians 6:14‐7:7, Psalm 47:1‐9, Proverbs 22:16

2 Corinthians 7:1 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

Context: Paul is explaining that the Corinthian church is to be set apart for God.

Observations:

  • Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves…
    • Notice the gospel here:
      • Religion – I obey and therefor God shows me favor
      • The Gospel – God shows me favor and therefore I obey
  • Cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit,
  • Bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

Apply: I asked a man today if he was “cleaning himself” in response to the promises of God.  I must be asking myself the same question to allow the Spirit to have his way in my life.

How do the promises of God motivate you to clean yourself?

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