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Precious promises should motivate us

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 3 months ago | 385 views Link:

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In 2 Corinthians 7, Paul begins the chapter by saying, “Since we have these promises beloved….”  With the chapter beginning in that way, we have to look back to see what promises Paul is talking about. As we go back to the chapter 6, we see that near the end of the chapter, Paul tells the believers that they are the temple of the living God.

Paul then quotes one of God’s promises from Leviticus 12:26 as he says, “I will make My dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”  As a result of that wonderful promise, the people should be motivated to honor their God by the way they live.  So, Paul quotes Isaiah 52:11 and says, “Therefore (as the result of the promise), go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you…”

Paul goes on to draw from several passages including 2 Samuel 7, Jeremiah 31, and Revelation 21 as he declares God’s promise, “I will be a father to you and you shall be sons and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty.”

What precious promises God has given to us!  He will make us His people and He will make His dwelling among us, indeed, in us, and He will be a Father to us.  We are welcomed into His family.  We have reason to rejoice today with grateful hearts at the Lord’s work on our behalf.  To be members of His family and citizens of His Kingdom are undeserved privileges in light of His holiness and our sinfulness.  Yet He has forgiven our sin in Christ and adopted us as His own.

Paul is considering these precious promises in chapter 6 and is motivated to draw a conclusion.  He continues in chapter 7 as we stated above, “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.”

Paul is telling us that knowing the precious promises of God should motivate us to honor Him by taking action.  Part of that action is cleansing ourselves from anything that defiles the flesh or the spirit.  John says something similar in his first letter, chapter 3, “And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure.”  Peter agrees in his first letter, chapter 2, “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.  Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable….”

These and other passages remind us that precious promises should motivate us to walk in a manner worthy of our calling that the giver of the promises might be glorified.


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Mary Leadbetter

Thank you, Dale. Amen!

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