February 12, 2016 by Jon Law
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
2 Corinthians 7:1
You are a spirit. There is a spiritual dimension to who you are. Christians believe that the unseen is just as important as the seen. Adam became a ‘living creature’ only after God had breathed His breathe into him (Gen 2:7). You are more than just your body.
However, you are a body. Christians reject the false teachings of Gnosticism and many Eastern faiths that believe the flesh is bad and the spirit is good. Your body is God’s Temple. Your body will be with you forever in Heaven after the Resurrection from the dead! You are more that just your spirit.
Hence the danger of having our body and spirit defiled. The completion of holiness is not merely to do with our spiritual lives, nor just about our physical actions and lifestyles: it is both! Our inward attitudes and our external life-choices are all wrapped together in the topic of holiness.
Of what use is daily prayer if we are violent towards those around us? And what is the point of serving at church if we are sacrificing our intimacy with Christ? Furthermore, how easy is it to engage with God when your body is tired? And when your spirit is stressed and weary, does that not have implications on your physical wellbeing?
We need a holistic approach to our holiness. Our spirits can become defiled and our bodies can become defiled. Therefore, based on God’s promises of making us His Temple, welcoming us into His presence and loving us as His family (2 Corinthians 6:16-18) we must look after our entire being. We should not believe that ‘who we are’ is more important than ‘what we do’ or vice versa: they are both the very same thing! Your actions reflect your spirit and your spirit reflects you actions.
Let us not neglect any part of who we are, but ‘cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.’
How have you neglected your body or your spirit recently?
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