Often when we read God’s Word, we read one verse or one short passage at a time, but how often do we read the Bible chapter by chapter? How often do we look at the connections between the chapters? Paul didn’t write the chapter and verse numbers in as we see it now. Those were added much later to help us reference passages.
The space between chapters 6 & 7 is important. It’s linked together by the word, “therefore.” At the end of chapter 6 Paul encourages the church to live separate, holy and pure lives. And then when you begin chapter 7 he tells us to love this way, “out of reverence for God.” (7:1b)
As I read these two chapters today, the Lord reminded me that it’s important to read it all – not just one or two key verses per day. There is much that can be learned even in the space between chapters and verses. Let’s keep reading. Let’s keep walking together through our Summer Bible Reading. We are almost half way there. Keep up the great work. God’s Word is amazing and He has so much truth to show you.
“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.” Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”” – 2 Corinthians 6:16-18 NIV
“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” – 2 Corinthians 7:1 NIV