“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.”
King James Version (KJV)
7:1 Let us cleanse ourselves - This is the latter part of the exhortation, which was proposed, #2Cor 6:1|, and resumed, 2Cor 6:14. From all pollution of the flesh - All outward sin. And of the spirit - All inward. Yet let us not rest in negative religion, but perfect holiness - Carrying it to the height in all its branches, and enduring to the end in the loving fear of God, the sure foundation of all holiness.
2Co 7:1 The Effect of Paul's First Letter at Corinth SUMMARY OF II CORINTHIANS 7: Paul's Freedom of Speech to the Corinthians. His Anxiety Until Titus Came. The Consolation of the News from Corinth. His Letter Produced Sorrow, Then Repentance. His Severe Words Not Due to Ill-Will for the Offender, Nor for. Them, but to Lead Them to Clearing Themselves. Having therefore these promises. Those named in 2Co 6:17,18. This verse is properly in that connection, and should not have been separated by the chapter division. Let us cleanse ourselves. See 2Co 6:17 above. From all filthiness of the flesh. All sensual sins, such as those to which the Corinthians were addicted. And spirit. The spirit of a man is defiled by such sins as those named in Ga 5:19-21. Perfecting holiness. Every Christian in purifying himself should strive for greater holiness and constantly seek to attain to the ideal of which Christ is the example.