2 Corinthians 7

2 Corinthians 7 has Paul building off what he wrapped up in the previous chapter.  “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”.  God has given us many promises that we need to cling to and claim, but those promises should also drive us to live differently and clean up our life.  There is a cleansing that God alone does in our lives, but there is also a cleansing which God wants to do in cooperation with us.  Here, Paul is writing about a cleansing that isn’t just something God does for us as we sit passively; this is a self-cleansing for intimacy with God that goes beyond a general cleansing for sin.

God cares about our holiness.  Not just forgiveness of sin, but living a life worthy of the Lord.  A holy life, one that is focused on walking in obedience with Him driven by our fear of God.  It’s not about being afraid of God, although we should have that kind of fear too, but the fear of God we need in our lives is a very healthy understanding and respect of His holiness and righteousness and what He wants to do in our life.  There is an aspect of cleansing which God looks for us to do with the participation of our own will and effort; not that it is our work apart from God, but it is a work that awaits our will and effort.

This aspect of cleansing is mostly connected with intimacy with God, and usefulness for service.  God has a plan for us but we have to be in right standing to be used by Him in the way He intends.  Our pride, our legalistic lifestyle, our self-focus, our self-righteousness, our bitterness, the judging you do of others and our hatred can all be far worse to deal with than the more obvious sins of the flesh. God wants to clean up all our life, not just the things we might clearly call out as sins.  He cares about our heart and what our motives are as much as the actions we take.

Paul was glad for what he saw in the Corinthian church.  “I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting….For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death”.  We have to repent of all our sin, known or not, public or private, obvious or hidden – God is going to deal with all of it.  He uses a 2X4 to address some of it directly, but some of it He desires to have us participate in cleaning up our life and getting right with Him.  God has a plan for us.  We need to get on board!

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