This week at men’s bible study arrived at 2 Corinthians 13 which contains a famous verse if you have been around Ichthus for a while.  2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!”  Paul is wrapping up his 3rd letter to the Corinthian church – no that’s not a typo.  1 Corithians is actually the second letter because it refers to a previous letter.  So there is a phantom Corithian letter out there some where. 

Paul has taught them about what reconciliation looks like based on what has happened in their church with the brother in sin and the divisions that have occurred because of their preferences for leaders and eloquent teachers.  Paul has to defend himself, his ministry, and his writing against false teachers.  In his final plea he appeals to the people of Corinth to test their faith.

Tom would either make us look up this verse every week or would quote it to us.  Exhorting us to “Test ourselves”.  The point was you may look the part, you may know your way around the bible, and you may go to church services, but are you fooling yourself.  Test yourself and ask if there is faith there.

For the Corinthian church the question was who were they trusting and what were they trusting in.  Men had come preaching a gospel of Jesus plus works.  Paul wants them to test whether that faith they have is producing fruit and if their lives are being transformed.

Test yourself, yes you that is reading this.  I’m not trying to get you to question your salvation, but I am.(Stole that from Matt Chandler)  You should question your faith today and make sure you are placing it in Christ alone.  Your mind will do you no good when it comes to your salvation.  The works of your hands are as filthy rags when it comes to your salvation.  Your strength or self-control only prove your inability to help yourself.  I plead with you today trust in Christ alone.

Right now some will be tempted to think I am talking about salvation only.  Have you prayed the prayer or walked the aisle?  But I am also talking about today.  That sinful heart your woke up with this morning, are you trusting in Christ alone to change it?  That bout of anger you showed this morning when something didn’t go right, are you confessing that to Christ or are you telling yourself you will do better next time?

Test yourself to see if you are in the faith.

Men’s bible study will begin a new study called “The Words of Our Mouth” starting this Monday night at 7:30pm.  It’s a bible study open to all men whatever age, life stage, or church you attend or don’t attend.  We would love to have you come and walk with us.

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