(II Cor. 13:5)
* Some Corinthians doubted Paul’s apostleship, though they had ample evidence (II Cor. 12:12).
* They were told to examine themselves (II Cor. 13:5).
* Peirazo means:
* A Christian’s authenticity is very important (I Peter 4:12).
1. Four things involved in effective spiritual examination.
* Critical examination should begin with self, not others (Matt. 7:3-5).
- Parable of 2 Jews praying in the temple (Luke 18).
* We must honestly evaluate and admit to what we discover.
- Requires integrity (Ps. 26:1).
- Need good and honest heart (Luke 8:15).
- Matt. 18:8-9 –
- Must bow to God’s truth w/o question.
* We need an objective standard that does not change.
- Can’t measure ourselves by ourselves (II Cor. 10:2; Prov. 16:2). Can’t compare ourselves to others either. Each
is responsible for his/her own actions (II Cor. 5:10).Conform yourself to Scripture (II Tim. 2:15)!
- II Tim. 3:16-17.
* A self-examination must involve purpose.
- We must mold our lives to the mind of _____________________________________. (Phil. 2:5)
- Rom.12:1-2 –
- Repentance not emphasized (Luke 13:3&5). Is a “fruit” (Matt. 3:8).
- J.W. McGarvey’s sermon
2. The faith.
* Objectively, referring to the faith itself (Acts 6:7; Jude 3).
* Subjectively, referring to one’s personal faith (II Cor. 13:5; Matt. 23).
- Consider James 2: v. 12: “So speak ye and so do…”
May we all examine ourselves honestly and strive to conform to God’s will and Word.
R.W. McAlister 11/30/08 a.m.