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12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All the saints greet you.

 

12:12

Greet one another with a holy kiss.

A kiss in the New Testament is a sign of respect and fellowship (Ro 16:16; 1 Co 16:20; 1 Th 5:26; 1 Pe 5:14). A “holy” kiss is uniquely set apart for Christians. The term “holy” shows that this kiss is not erotic in any sense. It was a kiss between saints. The kiss was usually executed by touching a cheek between members of the same sex.

13:13

All the saints greet you.

The “saints” here are believers in Macedonia, where Paul was while writing Second Corinthians. These saints sent greetings to the Corinthians.

PRINCIPLE:

A church should preserve the spirit of brotherhood.

APPLICATION:

The New Testament kiss was a symbol of affection (Lu 15:20). A “holy” kiss excluded erotic implications; it was a simple greeting. Christians should make every effort to preserve the spirit of brotherhood in a local church.

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