Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Do you not know that the Lord Jesus Christ is in you?
Thursday, April 22, 2010
TEST YOURSELF - DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS IN YOU?
2 Cor 13:5 - TEST YOURSELVES TO SEE IF YOU ARE IN THE FAITH; EXAMINE YOURSELVES! OR DO YOU NOT RECOGNIZE THIS ABOUT YOURSELVES, THAT JESUS CHRIST IS IN YOU — UNLESS INDEED YOU FAIL THE TEST?
Prin. - The warning of discipline is never for the purpose of exalting the pastor, but always for leading the believer back to the narrow road.
Test yourselves - pres/act/imperative
To put to the test.
To examine with sincere intentions.
To put to some sort of test to discover if something is good or bad.
To try to learn the nature or character of someone or something by thorough and extensive testing.
Am I positive or negative toward Bible doctrine?
Do I understand all the assets I have?
Do I understand my position as a Christian?
Do I truly believe the promises of God?
Am I more concerned with the personality or the person who teaches doctrine than I am with the doctrine itself?
Remember, it’s the message not the messenger.
What are the distractions in my life that keep me from doctrine?
Do people or activities keep me from moving forward in the life?
It means to test for the purpose of validation.
To run someone through some kind of a test for the purpose of approving them.
The best way to prove our faith is to subject it to actual trial in the various duties and responsibilities of life.
Do not merely sit down and meditate, shutting yourself off from the world, take your faith out amongst people and subject it to actual experiment.
It will enable a man to endure unjust treatment for the name of Jesus.
It will enable a man to bear suffering without complaining.
It will enable a man to endure and persevere for Christ’s sake.
It will prompt a man to a life of prayer, service and self-denial.
It will enable a man to warn unbelievers of the errors of their ways and seek the salvation of the lost.
It will cause a man to champion the welfare of the brethren above his own.
What motivates us in our ordinary life duties?
What is our relationship with others?
Do we use our opportunities to function in our gifts?
How do we spend our leisure hours?
Do we take care of business?