: “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. Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.” - 2 Corinthians 7:1, 2.
COMMENT: The “precious promises” that Apostle Paul spoke of refer to the declaration by God Almighty in the preceding chapter that if we draw ourselves from that which is filthy He will receive us and save us and we shall be His sons and daughters, by His grace. (2 Corinthians 6:18) To merit this favour we must keep our bodies and environment clean and avoid sin in every shape or form. As we advance in that course we shall attain perfection in the end. The scripture says: “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18
St. Paul’s assertion that as far as he knew he had wronged no man calls to mind his parting words to the elders of the church at Ephesus in which he stated “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:32-35) We should also strive to put ourselves in a condition in which we can make such bold statements as Apostle Paul did. See also 1 Samuel 12:1-5