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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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2 Corinthians 7:1

These promises (tautav tav epaggeliav).
So many and so precious (2 Peter 2:4 epaggelmata; Hebrews 11:39).

Let us cleanse ourselves (katariswmen eautouv).
Old Greek used katairw (in N.T. only in John 15:2, to prune). In Koine katarizw occurs in inscriptions for ceremonial cleansing (Deissmann, Bible Studies, p. 216f.). Paul includes himself in this volitive aorist subjunctive.

From all defilement (apo pantov molusmou).
Ablative alone would have done, but with apo it is plainer as in Hebrews 9:14. Molusmov is a late word from molunw, to stain (see on 1 Corinthians 8:7), to pollute. In the LXX, Plutarch, Josephus. It includes all sorts of filthiness, physical, moral, mental, ceremonial, "of flesh and spirit." Missionaries in China and India can appreciate the atmosphere of pollution in Corinth, for instance.

Perfecting holiness (epitelountev agiosunhn).
Not merely negative goodness (cleansing), but aggressive and progressive (present tense of epitelew) holiness, not a sudden attainment of complete holiness, but a continuous process (1 Thessalonians 3:13; Romans 1:4; 1:6).

 


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on 2 Corinthians 7:1". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=2co&chapter=007&verse=001>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.


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