2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
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.
We are ambassadors for Christ by God’s grace who have been entrusted with the word and ministry of reconciliation to reconcile unsaved people to God 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. As workers together with God this grace we have received would be in vain if we do not also walk in holiness. Living holy allows Him to use us in unlimited ways to reach our generation with the Gospel. Being conscious of God’s presence in us is a major key to living a holy life. 2 Corinthians 7:1 says, “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.”
One of the promises is in 2 Corinthians 6:16 which says, “ye are the temple.” You will notice that all of the verses that reveal our bodies being God’s temple were written to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 3:17; 1 Cor. 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16), which is also the same group that had the greatest problem with carnality/sin. This is a vital key to a holy life, being conscious of God’s presence in us. The filthiness we need cleansed from can come through what we look at and listen to (1 Jn. 2:15 17), what company we keep (1 Cor. 15:33), and what attitudes we allow (2 Cor. 7:1). Filthiness of the spirit we need to cleanse can be bad attitudes in the spirit of our mind. We are told in Ephesians 4:23 to be renewed in the spirit of our mind which is not our born again spirit which doesn’t need renewing but rather the attitudes in our mind that animate and control it. We can have all the right associations, connections, and networks of relationships but a defiled attitude can cut us off.
Think about Judas who was in the company of Jesus and the other disciples.
Think about Gehazi who was Elisha’s servant who could have received his mantle.
Think about Ananias and Sephira who were associated with the outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost.
Think about Lucifer, who originally was in the very presence of God.
All missed it and messed up because of a filthy attitude. Perfecting holiness involves not just cleaning up the outside of our life but also the inside by allowing God’s implanted word to remove filthiness from within our soul James 1:21. So often the power of salvation is presented by preaching about Jesus as a Savior from Hell instead of a Savior from sin in all its dimensions: sin’s penalty, sin’s power, and sin’s presence. He did not come to save us from sin’s penalty (Hell) to leave us dominated by sin’s power until we were removed from sin’s presence. We have victory over sin’s power now (Rom. 6:14).