Spirit and Body Need to Be Clean
Let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit—2 Corinthians 7:1 (ESV).
We are led by this admonition to recognize the serious truth, that there is a filthiness of the spirit as well as that of the flesh. The most scrupulous external purity may co-exist with a foulness within, placing the individual at the lowest point of moral degradation. There may be defilement in this way to the very best. It is suggested in the context that there is one sure method of cleansing this foulness of the spirit. It is to meditate so on God’s promises as thereby to be stirred up to render ourselves fit for their enjoyment, by “perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord.”
O blessed Lord Christ, who has called me in your Word to be an heir of God through you, give me grace, I beseech you, to strive after a fitness for this inheritance; and grant that, free from outward spot, I have also within my heart that holiness without which no man can see the Lord, to the praise of your indwelling Spirit.
About the author and the source
In the preface to his Thoughts of Christ, Lord Kinloch declared that he had long thought the likeliest mode of combating religious infidelity would be to promote a perception of Christ’s human personality. His Thoughts aimed to do that. He was also the author of the hymn “Mansions for Me” and a judge for the Court of Sessions, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Lord Kinloch (William Penney). Thoughts of Christ for Every Day of the Year. London: Religious Tract Society, n.d.