Having these promises… – 2 Corinthians 7:1

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. – 2 Corinthians 7:1

Meditation:  What should our response be to the promises of God?  In a word… Holiness.  You see, holiness is our proper response to God’s goodness, grace, and mercy, and it is important to note that God’s goodness, grace and mercy are not a response to our holiness as many think.  Because He has promised good things for us, we should respond with thanksgiving, love, praise, patience for others and God as well as a host of other characteristics summed up in holiness.

In case you have missed this idea from previous posts, I want to level with you on this notion.  Holiness is not perfect sinlessness.  Rather, holiness is something else, something more if I dare say so.  We are not sinless and neither can we be sinless else we do not need Christ.  However, because of the redeeming work of Christ and the applying grace of the Holy Spirit upon the hearts of believers, the saints (i.e. the children of God) have the power to repent and turn from sin to honor God in faithfulness not only in His promises but also His commandments.  

The Apostle Paul addressed his letters to the saints at Corinth.  As saints, the Apostle expected them to know and act better than other Corinthians.  Why?  Because they had received the promises of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His salvation.  The Apostle Paul was not alone in this desire.  All the Apostles expected the saints of God to seek the spiritual Kingdom of Christ with all their effort to enjoy its blessings of fellowship in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost (Matthew 6:33Romans 14:17).  

Call To Action:  Consider the words, “Be ye holy for I am holy.”  Do they mean anything to you?  Can you apply this commandment in faith trusting that Christ’s righteousness gives you new hope?  I pray you can, and I hope you pray the same for me.  I want to be holy for Christ’s sake.

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