Thursday, November 12, 2020

"Have You Failed the Test?"


“Have You Failed the Test?”


Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.  Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you---unless, of course, you fail the test?     2 Corinthians 13:5


Throughout the Apostle Paul’s ministry, his conduct was held in scrutiny, but this time he turned the tables on those in Corinth, who considered THEMSELVES to be TRUE CHRISTIANS.  He told them to EXAMINE themselves to see whether they REALLY WERE LIVING in the FAITH, that they PROFESSED to doing.  In other words, he was telling them to TEST their OWN conduct, was it QUESTIONABLE or TRUSTWORTHY?  He CHALLENGED them to put THEMSELVES to the TEST.


The test is ONE VERY IMPORTANT question: “ARE YOU REALLY A TRUE CHRISTIAN or not?”  Now, that is the question, that we, who PROFESS to be TRUE CHRISTIANS, must be willing to EXAMINE OURSELVES with, and to do that we MUST BE HONEST, it could determine your ETERNAL DESTINY. 


First part of the EXAM is:  Do you DEMONSTRATE A FAITH in JESUS CHRIST?  Are you LIVING by FAITH or by the FLESH?  Next, Are you OBEDIENT to the TEACHINGS of JESUS?  Do you even KNOW what His TEACHINGS are?  If NOT, try reading the Gospel of John.  To PASS the test you MUST BELIEVE that you are a SINNER in NEED of a SAVIOR, the ONLY SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, who willingly died on a cross for you. Then HUMBLE yourself by CONFESSING your SINS to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART.  Then you MUST ACCEPT HIS GIFT of SALVATION, and START LIVING by FAITH and NOT by the FLESH.  And be willing to be OBEDIENT to the TEACHINGS of JESUS.   Then you will PASS the TEST!!


But if you REJECT JESUS CHRIST, and remain DISOBEDIENT to His will and His teachings , and DENY any FAITH in Him, you not only FAIL the TEST, but you have signed your FATE to an ETERNAL DESTINY in HELL with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY to ESCAPE, after you are there.  The only way to CHANGE that is to PASS the TEST.  So be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, and CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask for His FORGIVENESS. And BELIEVE that JESUS died for YOUR SALVATION.  Then ACCEPT it and START LIVING BY FAITH.  Do this NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and COMING SOON!!! 



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