Paul stated to the church at Corinth:
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Cor. 7:1).
To be honest, being saved is not a get out of hell free card if we keep defiling ourselves in filth. I have a friend who keeps debating me about her “once saved, always saved” doctrine, but thankfully she is slowly coming around to the truth even though she is yet to change most of her ways. Notice in this scripture it starts with the word “Therefore”; this being the beginning of the sentence suggests that it is a continuation from a passage that came before it. In 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 it says,
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
In the first scripture we see mention of cleansing, and in the second we are advised to not touch the unclean. Well, my previously mentioned friend loves to tell me that she is abiding by these passages, and I do not want to unfairly judge her so I just watch her fruit. Have you ever gone to the grocery store looking through the peaches, or cherries or plums? You will dig, toss and tumble that fruit until you find a few that are unblemished; we are just like that, we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. Like the grocery store fruit needs to be brought home and cleansed before we eat it, Jesus had to cleanse us before we are worthy to worship God. If we eat that fruit from the store without cleaning it it is possible that we will ingest poisons from the fruit being sprayed with insecticides, things that will corrupt our physical bodies. See where I’m going? Read the rest of this entry »