Examine Yourselves 2
2 Corinthians 13:5: Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
I am not qualified to examine you to know if you are in the faith but you are commanded to examine yourself. You may not be able to prove to others that you are saved but you are commanded to try.
1 Peter 3:15: But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
You must examine yourself and prove to yourself that you are in the faith. This is the most important examination that will ever be performed on you. So how do we examine ourselves in this regard? And How do we help others to examine themselves? The Bible gives us many passages that will help us to do that. I shall provide some verses and questions that you should ask yourself. You need to answer them to yourself and to God, not necessarily to me.
1 John 5:13: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
One of God*s purposes for giving us the Bible is so that we will KNOW that we have eternal life. Do you know for sure that when you die you will go to Heaven?
John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Have you been born again?
John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
The word sons in the passage is a generic word. It means children of God. Becoming a child of God means the same thing as being born again. Have you received Jesus and become born again?
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Has Jesus changed you totally and radically?
Romans 8:16: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
1 John 5:10: He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
Has the Holy Spirit borne witness with your heart, your spirit that you are a child of God and do you have His witness in you?
Ephesians 3:17a: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .
Have you asked Jesus to live in your heart and is He living there? When He lives in our hearts, He purifies them.
Acts 15:8: And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them (the Gentiles) witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; (the Jews) 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Has He purified your heart? A purified heart will result in a new and different kind of life.
Luke 6:45: A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
The good man*s heart has been purified. It is a suitable place for Jesus to live. The heart of the evil man has not. It is not a suitable place for Jesus to live. Has Jesus changed the things that come out of your heart and mouth?
Romans 6:4: Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Has Jesus changed your life? We all need His life-changing forgiveness.
Romans 3:10-12, 23: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jesus was paid the wages for our sin. He took upon what we deserve so that God might give us what Jesus deserves, Heaven.
Romans 5:8: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Many people misunderstand that word gift. They believe that if they do enough good things they will get to Heaven. But if we got to Heaven for that reason, Heaven would be something that we earned. A gift must be free or it is not a gift.
Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Hebrews 3:15a: While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, . . .
Romans 10:13: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Calling upon the name of the Lord is a prayer. The final question in the examination: Do you need to call upon Jesus and receive Him as your Lord and Savior. Do you need to ask Him for His forgiveness and His work on your heart and life?