Explaining The Gospel of Jesus Christ Series
Text from the New Covenant
2 Corinthians 6:17 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
1 “Don’t receive God’s grace in vain.”
17 Therefore, come out from among themand be separate, says the Lord;do not touch any unclean thing,and I will welcome you.
God has a condition for sinners to receive welcome from God, according to this verse that was given to Corith, a known problem community that dappled in the profane things.
DO NOT TOUCH ANY UNCLEAN THINGBE SEPARATE (BE SET APART)
Paul quoted from Isaiah 52| 11 in the Old Testament.
11 Leave, leave, go out from there!Do not touch anything unclean;go out from her, purify yourselves,you who carry the vessels of the Lord.
Today, who may be carrying the vessels of the Lord?
In the Old Testament, only the Levite priests might carry the sacred vessels of YHVH.
But in Isaiah, the prophet was a contemporary of Jonah, Amos and Hosea in the era that led up to the Assyrian diaspora of the Ten Tribes, God was prophesying to the future state. In the preceding verse,
10 The Lord has displayed His holy armin the sight of all the nations;all the ends of the earth will seethe salvation of our God.
We learned from history what was to become of Judah in 586 BC. Jerusalem was destroyed by Nebuchadrezzar. The priests were put out of service. The same happened in 70 AD by Titus of Rome.
In Paul’s citation of Isaiah to Corinth, he applied the promise to the nations in the Church age.
At verse 14, Paul warned about the ways of the world and all its festivals, corruption and waywardness. Believers that the Father welcomes have no business in partnership with the un-saved.
14 Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness?
The children of God can only be claimed by title to those who obey Father.
18 I will be a Father to you,and you will be sons and daughters to Me,says the Lord Almighty.