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2 Corinthians 13

2 Corinthians 13 – To be or not to be, bonafide

“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!” 2 Corinthians 13:5

The Corinthian church that Paul founded several years before had already started to blossom. As with any growing organization, the church members had some challenges. Some of the saints were maturing in the Lord, while other confessing saints were struggling and their testimonies had become questionable.  Some of the controversial actions observed were divisive dialogue, lawsuits, adultery, and promiscuity.

Paul responded to the saints that were acting contrary to the testimony of God,  “Examine yourselves.” In other words, Paul was challenging them to “test” their salvation.

The test was simple; if the Corinthians were saved, they should have been producing “spiritual fruit”; love, kindness, forgiveness, patience, and longsuffering. After all, Christ should be richly dwelling in them.

If no such manifestation took place, Paul was denouncing them and potentially marking them as reprobate.

 

CHALLENGE

The Bible teaches that a little leaven (sin) leavens the whole lump (church body). As believers, the Lord expects the saints of God to hate sin and pursue holiness. The more we seek God’s law and His holiness, the more we produce the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Are you producing such fruit? If not, why not? Perhaps it’s time to ask “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith” and “prove your own selves.

RPF