Week of February 18 - Day 4

Day 4

Read: 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,

“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,
    and I will be their God,
    and they shall be my people.
17 Therefore go out from their midst,
    and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
    then I will welcome you,
18 and I will be a father to you,
    and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.”

Reflect: Where is the temple of God now located?

Consider: The temple of the living God: using metaphorical language, Paul calls the Christian believers the temple of … God. In 1 Cor 6:19 Paul declares that the physical body of each believer is the temple where God dwells, but here in 6:16 the sense is that the community as a whole is the temple where God dwells.[1]

Respond: In what areas of your life do you need to recognize your body is the temple of God? What changes do you need to make accordingly? Spend time allowing God to show you how He wants to set you free of things that might be holding you back (see Hebrews 12:1-2).

 

[1] Roger L. Omanson and John Ellington, A Handbook on Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1993), 122.