SELF-EXAMINATION: PART I
II CORINTHIANS 13: 1 - 5
I JOHN 2:3; 3:24; 5:3
"Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His
commandments. He who says, 'I know Him,' and does not keep His
commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him." (2:3, 4).
JESUS CHRIST constantly probed the conscience and examined the
heart of those He encountered. He still desires to help us see
ourselves as seen by the Father.
Paul exhorted the Corinthians and likewise us to examine
ourselves. We are eager to examine others and pass judgement on
them while exempting ourselves. People have opinions on
everything from watermelon to Watergate, aphids to astronauts.
Yet, when asked their opinion of self they demure and dodge the
The appeal extended by Paul is for us to examine ourselves as to
whether we are "in the faith."
There is an entire book in the Bible written to help us
determine whether we are "in the faith." I John gives 5 tests to
help us determine if we are in the faith. Since there is no
issue more vital than determining whether we are in the faith,
lets begin the exciting challenge of self-examination.
Test number one: "Do you keep His commands?" (2:3).
It is not enough just to know the language, we must live the
life. Four times in the opening verses of I John the author
refers to a person who says one thing and does another: I John
1:6,8,10, and 2:4.
First a word of caution. You will never be able to do this
by imitation. It is only possible by incarnation. Only Christ in
you can enable you to love and obey tue Father.
Jesus Christ said, "I DO alway ...
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