Unchastity or any kind of impurity or greediness must not be mentioned among you, as befits holy people;
Follow after peace with all men and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.
but, like the Holy One who has called you, become yourselves holy in all your way of life,
for it is written, "You shall be holy because I am holy."
It is he who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our deeds but according to his own purpose and grace, given to us in Christ Jesus ages ago
3 For this is the will of God: to have you become holy and have you shun unchastity;
4 to have each of you know how to take a wife for himself in holiness and honor,
5 not in the passion of lust, as the Gentiles do who know not God;
6 to have no one trespass or take advantage of his brother in this matter; for the Lord is the punisher of all such, as we have already told you and solemnly warned you.
7 God has not called us to live in impurity, but in holiness.
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world to be holy and spotless before him in love.
that you should put away the old man who belonged to your former way of life and was perishing in deluding passions,
and that you should be made new in the spirit of your minds
and put on the new man formed as God approves in the righteousness and holiness of truth.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
You must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Do you not know that you are God's temple and the Spirit of God dwells in you?
HAVING then these promises, beloved, let us purify ourselves from every defilement of flesh or spirit, in reverence for God making our holiness complete.
Make them holy through the truth. Thy word is truth.
"No one lights a lamp and hides it with a bowl or puts it under a bed. No, he puts it on a stand so that all who come in may see the light.
But now freed from sin and having become servants of God you have your fruit in holy living and its outcome, life eternal.
I beg you, brethren, to keep your eye on those who are making divisions and occasions for sin contrary to the teaching which you have learned, and to shun them.
to the Church of God in Corinth, made holy in Christ Jesus, called to be holy, with all everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours:
And you who were once alienated and enemies in your minds, living in wicked works, he has reconciled
by his body of flesh through death, to present you holy and spotless and blameless before him,
if you remain in the faith, firm and steadfast, never moving from the hope of the good news which you have heard and which has been proclaimed in all the creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a servant.
I am speaking humanly on account of the weakness of your human nature. As you did present your members as servants to impurity and to lawlessness to do lawlessness, so now you have presented your members as servants to righteousness for holy living.
I BEG you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, pleasing to God \'97 your rational worship.
1 IF there is any encouragement in Christ, any persuasive power in love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any sympathies and compassions,
2 fill up my joy by having the same love, being of the same mind, thinking the same thing,
3 doing nothing in a partisan or vainglorious way, but each modestly regarding the others as of more account than himself.
4 Do not be each intent on his own interests, but also on the interests of others.
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not think that equality with God was something to be grasped,
7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant and coming into the likeness of men,
8 and when found in the condition of a man he humbled himself by becoming obedient even to death \'97 death on the cross.
9 Therefore, God has highly exalted him and has graciously given him the name which is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee may bow, of beings in heaven and those on earth and those under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 So then, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with reverence and awe.
13 For it is God who is working in you both the willing and the doing because of his kindness.
14 Do everything without murmurings or disputings
15 that you may be blameless and pure, children of God, spotless in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation among whom you shine as lights in the world,
16 holding forth the message of life, so that on the day of Christ I can boast that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
17 But if I am poured out as a libation on your sacrificial offering of faith, I rejoice and share the joy of you all.
18 In the same way you must rejoice and share my joy.
19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I may be cheered by knowing about you.
20 For I have no one likeminded with him who will so sincerely care for your interests.
21 For all pursue their own aims, not those of Christ Jesus.
22 But you know how he has been tested and how like a child with a father he has served with me in spreading the good news.
23 So I hope to send him at once when I see how my affairs are going.
24 And I trust in the Lord that I myself shall come quickly.
25 I think it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my needs,
26 since he longs for you all and is troubled because you have heard that he was sick.
27 Indeed he was sick and near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not on him alone, but also on me, that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 I send him the more readily that you may see him and rejoice again and I be less sorrowful.
29 Receive him in the Lord with all joy and hold such men in honor,
30 because for the work of Christ he was near to death, hazarding his life to complete the service you were not here to do for me.