But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.
Strive for peace with all men, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
but as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct;
because it is written, »You shall be holy, for I am holy.«
who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and the grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that is, that you should abstain from sexual immorality;
4 that each one of you know how to take his own spouse for himself in holiness and honor,
5 not in the passion of lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
6 and that no man transgress and wrong his brother in this matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.
7 For God has not called us to impurity, but to holiness.
just as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before him. In love
22 You were taught, with regard to your former manner of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful lusts;
23 and be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
24 and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that Gods Spirit dwells in you?
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
»No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is holiness and its end, eternal life.
I urge you, brethren, to take note of those who cause divisions and difficulties, contrary to the doctrine which you have learned; avoid them.
to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
21 And although you were once alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
22 yet he has now reconciled you in his fleshly body through death, in order to present you before him holy and blameless and beyond reproach
23 if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a minister.
I am speaking in human terms, because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you once yielded your members to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now yield your members to righteousness for holiness.
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
1 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,
2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not consider equality with God a thing to be grasped,
7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to deatheven death on a cross.
9 Therefore God also highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;
13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without grumbling or arguing,
15 so that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
17 But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.
18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news of you.
20 I have no one else like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.
21 For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.
22 But you know that he has proved his worth, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.
23 Therefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me;
24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.
25 But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need;
26 for he was longing for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was ill.
27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may rejoice and I may have less anxiety.
29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy; and honor men like him,
30 because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me.