Examine Yourselves

For many days I have been chewing on II Corinthians 13:5-6.

”Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. 6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.”

The first part arrested my attention.  Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.  As Paul writes I can’t help but think that there is a litmus test to which we test ourselves by.  Something to reveal to us whether we are in the faith or not. 

I know that this “EXAM” is found in the pages of Scripture.  I am searching out the test questions so we can know the answers to this exam.  I feel a sermon series coming up!

2 thoughts on “Examine Yourselves

  1. Hi Danny,
    Your blog was number three on the blog ring.
    I recently joined and intend to visit blogs within the Assemby of God community.

    My thoughts on your post reflect what I believe is the “litmus test” for knowing we are of the faith.
    I am of the strong opinion that love for others is not just a “new command”, but a “new” law.
    Jesus said, (in most translations) “a new command I give to you; Love one another”. We know this is not a “new command” because it was given in Leviticus 19:18.
    So, if we look at this as a replacement to the entire Law, then it makes sense, since Jesus can not fulfill the command to love on your behalf or mine.
    My opinion is that the litmus test is in Leviticus 25 (Sheep and Goats). Or, as Jesus said, “The law and the prophets hang on these two commands (Love God and love others as you love yourself).” James calls love for one another, the “Royal Law”. Paul says, with out love, we are preaching and teaching as a resounding gong.

    • Jim,

      Glad you found my blog. i looked at your and it looks great . I look forward to reading more when I get some time.

      I agree with you on the litmus test. There are a lot of people who look the part of a Christian but lack love. I believe the key evidence of faith is love for God, love for people, and holiness. The greatest of all things is love and as you said, though we speak with the tongues of men and angels and have not love, we are clanging cymbals (resounding gong). Thanks for the input.

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