“Having Therefore These Promises” ~ 2 Corinthians 7

Posted: October 10, 2011 by revivalbiblestudy315 in Bible Study
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“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.” ~ 2 Corinthians 7:1

What are the promises mentioned here in verse 1? Go back to the end of Chapter 6 verses 16 and 17 and look. It tells us:
1. I will dwell in them.
2. I will walk in them.
3. I will be their God.
4. They shall be my people.
5. I will receive them.
6. I will be a Father unto you.
7. Ye shall be my sons and daughters.

These are some pretty good promises. So what is our proper response to the promises of God? To “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” In verse 10 of Chapter 7 Paul gives us some insight into this. It is written, “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” So it all begins with acknowledging your sin and having Godly sorrow for it, which leads you to repent. Next we see in verse 11 how that repentance works its way through your life.

“For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, [what] clearing of yourselves, yea, [what] indignation, yea, [what] fear, yea, [what] vehement desire, yea, [what] zeal, yea, [what] revenge! In all [things] ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.”

Here is the process of Godly sorrow working repentance in us. It works earnestly in us to:
1. The clearing of ourselves.
Repentance brings to light our hidden sins. Eph. 5:10-11
2. indignation (wrath of sin)
We make war on our sin
3. fear
Because of the fear of the LORD (dread, terror)
4. vehement desire
We have a deep longing for God
5. zeal
Creates an excitement of mind, a fervour of spirit.
6. revenge
And a readiness to see justice done

That is what Godly sorrow should look like. Is that our response to our sin?

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