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Daily Bible Verse - 12/15/2007 - 2 Corinthians 6:16

NIV What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."
KJV And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
NASB Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,
"I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM;
AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE."
2 Corinthians 6:16

Commentary
An ox and a donkey put in a double yoke were unequally yoked (see Deut. 22:10). They could not pull the load evenly and might want to go different directions. So Christians are not to form close or permanent, marital, social, or business ties with unbelievers. These relationships might pull them into sin. God does not ask that we cease contacts with the world, but that we not make any contracts that would compromise the integrity of our faith. righteousness with lawlessness: This and the other mismatches named here make impossible the most effective building of God's kingdom. Belial: Satan. you are the temple (v. 16): The community of believers who are open to God is the place where God chooses to dwell and walk on this earth.

The Open Bible : New King James Version. 1998, c1997. Includes indexes. (electronic ed.) (2 Co 6:14). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Did you know?
In the Old Testament God's dwelling place with His people was the tabernacle and later the temple built by Solomon. When Christ came, He was Himself the true temple or dwelling place of God (Matt. 1:23; John 2:21; Col. 2:9). Now God the Holy Spirit lives in us, and for this reason we are the new temple of God (1 Cor. 6:19; 1 Pet. 2:5).

Whitlock, L. G., Sproul, R. C., Waltke, B. K., & Silva, M. (1995). Reformation study Bible, the : Bringing the light of the Reformation to Scripture : New King James Version. Includes index. (2 Co 6:16). Nashville: T. Nelson.

1 comment:

Patrick said...

I can understand the whole thing of not wanting to be pulled down by others, but how do you reach people that don't know God if you don't form a relationship with them?