2 Corinthians 7:1-2 (KJV): “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. Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.”
COMMENTARY: As Paul and his colleagues travelled, sharing the Gospel and establishing new churches, there were always critics and cynics who questioned their motives, intentions, credentials and credibility. Paul boldly declared that his critics are free to inspect his life and see for themselves whether his faith is genuine. Since his conversion on the road to Damascus, Paul has consistently “walked the talk” through the supernatural power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
APPLICATION: In 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the classic novel Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. By day, Dr. Jekyll was a respected, prominent member of the community. By night, he was a monstrous image lurking in the shadows committing brutal crimes. Stevenson believed that his novel explored the hypocrisy of his time, and the innate evil that occurred in society.
Are you guilty of being a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? At church, you’re one person, but at work you’re another? Do you pay your personal and business bills, on time? Do you pay your personal and business taxes, on time? Do you have the strength of character that, even during difficult times, you do what’s right and honor your commitments? Could you honestly say, as Paul did, “I have wronged no man, I have corrupted no man, I have defrauded no man?” The standard for Christ followers is and should be high, indeed.
For Further Exploration
For further exploration about 2 Corinthians 7:1-2 (KJV), read The Encouragement of Praise (2 Corinthians 7) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.