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
In a nutshell here are the promised, the same also you’ve already received;
- God promised to hear us in a time accepted, but only when in all things we approve ourselves as the ministers of God, "in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses" 2 Corinthians 6:4.
- He said that you’re the temple of God; for "God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them ; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people" 2 Corinthians 6:16.
He said, "I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty" 2 Corinthians 6:17-18
He will receive you, only when you choose to be separate; spiritually, physically, socially, economically, etc. He said, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?" 2 Corinthians 6:14-16
All unrighteous companionships is what we call here unequal yokes, i.e., all forms of relationship with the shades of darkness, idolatry and hypocrisy. It is just not right that a believer should be a hypocrite, the offence is same as denying the faith.
Anyway, "having therefore these promises, dearly beloved," be ye "nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained" 1 Timothy 4:6. All these promises are yours, or you’ve already connected with them, and the third promise being the Spirit. 1 Timothy 4:14-15 says, "Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all."
Succeeding in achieving these promises, also means you become "an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity" 1 Timothy 4:12. Thy profiting appears, only to yourself, but to all. It shows to all, how in all you benefit the body of Christ by how also you hold, "the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience" 1 Timothy 3:9.
Dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the FLESH and SPIRIT, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Regrettably, some believers accomplish so much in cleansing their flesh, but forgetting to do the same to their own spirit /inner man also. What is key is perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.