August 13, 2017
Test Yourself Against Truth
2 Corinthians 13:5 (KJB) Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
This verse does not say to be sure to fully examine the lives of others.
“Spiritual investigating” among your friends, neighbors, and even acquaintances, strangers, and especially enemies seem to be a popular past time for many today, but doing so is not of God.
This verse clearly states “Examine yourselves…” You and only you are responsible before God for the condition of your spiritual life. You will never be found accountable or answerable for the life of any other person. When comparing oneself against the “spiritual plumb line” of the righteousness and holiness of God a man is always found to be spiritually lacking and in desperate need of the power and presence of God to pass the “test of life.”
The Bible tells us that one day soon every man, woman, and child will have their personal appointment to stand before God in eternity (Romans 14:11-12.) Nobody knows the day or hour of his or her appointment, but it will divinely take place in the time of God’s choosing.
Truth: You need to be ready for your “spiritual test” before God and not be so concerned with the readiness of another person’s heart for his or her examination.
The condition of your own heart and life is the test or true “plumb line” of having a personal relationship with God and applying His truth found in His Word.
A man’s heart condition is either found naturally wicked from his birth or supernaturally filled with the power and presence of God in a personal relationship with Him.
Only God knows the heart of every person. However, you must be a “fruit inspector.” Discernment of spiritual fruit in the lives of other about you is vital for discerning who are your spiritual brothers and sisters in Christ and for seeking those perhaps who are spiritually lost and nursing an evil heart condition and in need of a personal relationship with God.