12 Greet one another with a holy kiss. 13 All the saints greet you.
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.
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.
A church should preserve the spirit of brotherhood.
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.