2 Corinthians 13: Examine Yourself
Welcome to the end of another book! If I did my math right, we have 98 more chapters, so I think we will be done on October 24. Can you believe it? Thanks for staying with me!
In 2 Corinthians 13, Paul is writing his concluding remarks for the church, and he mentioned that it is important for us to remember to look at ourselves and evaluate our own walk with Jesus Christ.
2Co 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?
2Co 13:6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.
2Co 13:7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.
I know it is a lot easier to point to someone else. It is a lot easier to talk about that guy’s sin over there than it is to talk about my own. I think most of us would acknowledge that we’re not perfect, but I don’t know how often we actually examine ourselves as Paul is suggesting.
However, Paul seems to be taking it even a step farther. Examine yourself to make sure that you are Christian. Perhaps we have been playing the part of a Christian as he mentioned in verse seven. Maybe we appears to be approved, but we are not actually new creations in Christ.
It is kind of a terrifying thought that parallels back to something that Jesus Himself told us. At the time of judgment, there are going to be people who mention all the great things they had done for God, but God is going to tell them to depart because He never knew them. That is terrifying. We can live a delusion.
What does that mean for you and me? I think it means that we have to go back to basics. Whoever believes in Christ shall not perish but have everlasting life. Is that our hope? If it is, then we pass this test. If it isn’t, then we need more examination.