2 Corinthians 6:11-7:1
2 Corinthians 6:11-7:1 11 O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections. 13 Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open. • Cf. 2 Timothy 2:24-25
Warren Wiersbe “Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.”
14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? • Unequally yoked- A yoke is a wooden bar that joins two oxen to each other and to the burden they pull. 1) In marriage with non-believers: This command was not about skin color or ethnicity. It was based on faith and religion. Cf. Genesis 2:24; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-24 2) In close relationships with non-believers: Although these close relationships are not encouraged, it does not mean we ignore unbelievers. Paul is not telling us not to have unbelieving friends, but not to join together with unbelievers in their practices and worldview. Cf. Proverbs 12:26; 13:20; 22:24; 1 Corinthians 15:33
15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” [Cf. Leviticus 26:12; Jeremiah 32:38; Ezekiel 37:27] 17 Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” [Cf. Isaiah 52:11; Ezekiel 20:34, 41] 18 “I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.” [Cf. 2 Samuel 7:14] 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. • Holiness- [Greek; hagiōsynē] “set apart” 1 Peter 1:16 Cf. Leviticus 11; 19 John 17:16-19 Living in holiness, demonstrates to the world something to be desired.