...and touch not [any] unclean thing; then I will receive you kindly and treat you with favor, 18 And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty. 1 THEREFORE, SINCE these [great] promises are ours, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that contaminates and defiles body and spirit, and bring [our] consecration to completeness in the [reverential] fear of God. 2 Corinthians 6:17b-7:1 [AMP]
This connecting of both the end of Chapter 6 and the beginning of Chapter 7 is so encouraging but also an admonition. If we flee uncleanliness “Then…God will receive us and treat us with favor. He [God] will be a Father to us and we shall be His sons and daughters.” Jesus of course died for our sins and when the Father looks at us, He sees His Son – This is the grace and gift we receive which secures our eternity in heaven. On this earth however, God has a bit of heaven that is available to us when we use the strength given to us in the Holy Spirit to flee idolatry and cleanse ourselves of everything that defiles our body and spirit. The motivation to rid ourselves of these impurities comes from within, but the strength to achieve the task comes from the Lord.
I am going to take the last part of 7:1 which says that we bring our completeness in the fear of God. I have had many Quiet Time posts on the fear of God but applying a ‘fear of the Lord’ is paramount to righteous living. One of the ways I do this is in every situation I find myself; I ask myself the question -> if the Lord Jesus were to return right now, would I be embarrassed, ashamed, or guilty of sinning against Him that moment His eyes caught mine? This reverent awe and aversion to disappointing my God and Savior is that Fear of God I believe Paul is talking about.