All comments welcome.
There’s one verse in the New Testament that gets very little attention . . .I wonder why?
2 Cor. 7:1
Therefore (Paul speaking.) having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Paul includes himself in this admonition, so it’s certainly not likely that any of us are excluded. Gracious what is defilement anyway? Sounds awful. Well, if I’ve understood correctly it refers to the stains, or spots that still show on our garments of white worn in public or in our conscience of guilt all resulting from on going or sins we haven’t repented of or confessed. Wearing dirty robes or as Paul says “filthy rags” aren’t much of a good witness for Christ.
If you have other thoughts let us know.
It’s important to note that Paul says we are to “cleanse ourselves of all defilement” putting it on our shoulders instead of God’s, So, what are some of those defilements (or stains) ? Greed has to certainly be one which is also called idolatry. So what is greed? Mr. Vines says ‘pleonexia” in the Greek is the same as covetousness, a desire to have more of material possessions in this instance. Boy, that sounds un American because from the beginnings of our lives we’re taught to acquire more and more which is symbolic of success. However, it doesn’t mean we can’t have more and more, if that be the blessings of the Lord resulting from our obedience to Him in all endeavors. And that is His desire not ours. He is the rewarder, we’re not the achievers, He is the blessor..
Some times it helps to read different Bible translations. I stumbled on to an enlightened understanding of Eph.4:2 and Col.3:13 using “faults” in the NLT not noted on other translations TO WIT:
Eph.4:2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
Col.3:13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
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