Defilement of Flesh

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2 Corinthians 7:1 (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.

When Lanre was an unbeliever, he had very ungodly friends who were very immoral. After Lanre received the Lord Jesus, he found it difficult to leave his friends because they were really close. But one thing Lanre noticed was that each time he spent time with them, he would feel filthy inside. It would be as if he was so dirty and he needed a bath.

In the old Testament, defilement of flesh was caused by contact with unclean things, a dead body, the temple of idols or things dedicated to idols, etc. An unclean person was not permitted to enter the temple of God or worship God until he has gone through the purification process which would usually involve the washing of water.

Today in the new Testament, defilement of flesh is possible(today’s scripture makes that clear). One thing that causes defilement of flesh is when a believer fellowships with unbelievers. Just like a believer’s body is the temple of the living God, an unbeliever is the temple of the god of this world. Anyone whose life is ruled by lust, greed, and pride is subjected to the prince of this world. When a person who has been cleansed and sanctified communes with a person who is a temple of idols, he would experience defilement of flesh because of physical fellowship with an unclean temple, even if they don’t do or say anything sinful. Also, all forms of sexual experience outside marriage(between a male man and a female woman) produces defilement of flesh. It is only the marriage bed that provides immunity from defilement when there is a sexual experience (Hebrews 13:4). Defilement of flesh ultimately leads to defilement of spirit.

Go into today thanking the Lord for sanctifying you by His precious blood.

Prayer: Ask that the Lord would help you never to go back to the things that defile.

—Abraham Damilola Arigi

Bible in one year: Job 15-16

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