Cleanse ourselves from all filthiness
Many of us are defiled. We may have overheard conversations, been subject to accusation or from our own heart developed a wrong opinion of someone which caused defilement. But the Holy Spirit speaking through Paul gives you a way out. He said,
“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”.
The word filthiness is from the Greek word “molysmos” which means defilement, an action by which anything is defiled.
This defilement can come by what you hear, see or imagine in your own heart and a wise man said of the heart, that it is deceitfully wicked beyond knowledge. There is never a stop to the issuance of the heart except it become circumcised.
The ways of becoming defiled by hearing is another vast arena for sounds come in a multiplicity of ways. Take for instance the well-known bible story of Daniel and three Hebrew boys that were taken to Babylon and made to work in the king’s court. One of the first things that the Babylonians did was to change their names so that they could identify with Babylon and it’s gods. The boy’s original names were, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah all identifying with the God of Israel.
However their names became,
- Belteshazzar: “lord of the straitened's treasure” or “keeper of Bel’s treasure”.
- Shadrach: "royal" or "the great scribe", “Inspiration of the sun”.
- Meshach: "guest of a king", “servant of the goddess Shach” (Venus).
- Abednego: “servant of Nebo”, “servant of the shinning fire”.
The name by which you are called has spiritual importance since it can defile you. No father in his right mind would call his son “satan” yet we have had some to call their children Jezebel which means “Baal is my husband”. Woe be unto the man who marries “Jezebel” for he will always be looked upon as the secondary husband.
Renaming the boys was an attempt to defile them, to break the relationship with the God of Israel. With no relationship then they would have no one on which to call when they were faced with the fiery furnace or the den of lions.
So we see in 2Cor.7:1, that Apostle Paul would charge the believers to cleanse themselves from the defilement of the flesh and spirit and perfect holiness in the fear of the Lord. Notice Paul didn’t say become holy as if you did not have it but he said, “perfect holiness”, that means you had holiness but it needed execution.
Perfect comes from the Greek word “epiteleō”: to bring to an end, accomplish, perfect, execute, complete.
In other words unclean motives, anger, hypocrisy or just holding-on to offenses may have defiled your spirit. Therefore, because of the reverence, which God is due, retire that defilement so you will begin once again to move from glory to glory.