Come Out From Among Them
In Paul’s second letter to the church in Corinth, he talks about the gift of reconciliation that God offers. He then gives another of his numerous New Testament warnings about idolatry, and that only the living God has such hope for mankind. Paul supports his teaching with several OT scriptures quoted together, “What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.””
After reminding his readers of God’s promises, Paul says this, “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1 NIV. Church, God’s promises haven’t changed, and our response to them should still be what Paul encouraged the church in Corinth to do!