Second 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. Second 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 Corinthians 3:17; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 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 John 2:15‑17), what company we keep (1 Corinthians 15:33), and what attitudes we allow (2 Corinthians 7:1). Filthiness of the spirit can include things in the spirit of our mind or the animating force in the mind (Ephesians 4:23, 24) often called our attitude. These can be deep rooted bad attitudes that need to be made clean, purged, and purified from filthiness and defilement. We can have all the right associations and a defiled attitude can cut us off and put a limiter on our life.
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 Saphira 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 says, “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.”
We can develop a bad attitude from wrong responses to the things that currently happen to us or we can have a bad attitude from the filthiness, residue, or that which remains in our soul from before we were saved. Our spirit is instantly saved when we receive Jesus as Lord. Our soul is our mind, will, and emotions or where we think, feel, and decide. Our soul isn’t saved but is in the process of being saved through the renewing of the mind and the washing of water by the word (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 5:26).
Bad attitudes can be conquered and overcome because of the power we have through salvation that can be applied through the process of the renewing of the mind or saving of the soul. The Word of God can purify, cleanse, and wash them away.