Self-ExaminationBro. David Chancellor
4/12/2009 6:00 PM
2 Corinthians 13:4-7
For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. 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? But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.
Paul was trying to help them to see that they needed to walk with God. Jesus’ human body was capable of suffering many things. Being crucified was not a painless experience. He came in human form so that we could be like him. He experienced the trials of life. He went through all the kinds of things we come up against.
"…yet he liveth by the power of God…" As humans, we can experience pain, frustrations, and trials, but we can still live holy by the power of God.
"For we also are weak in him…" Keep yourself in a right relationship with God. How is your relationship with God? We need to know that Jesus is in us.
Paul wrote the books to the Corinthians because they questioned his qualifications. People find it easy to question others. What matters most is your standing with God. Spend your time walking with Jesus. Walk to be pleasing to him. Do what’s honest. Keep things clear between you and God. We want people to prosper in their souls. Keep a good relationship with Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:23-29
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you. That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
We take communion in remembrance of what Christ did. Some people question whether others are worthy to take communion. Paul encouraged them to examine themselves. He wanted them to see if they found themselves worthy to honor Christ for his sacrifice. It speaks of a relationship with him. We don’t want to claim his name unless we have that walk with him. The church is built up when each one keeps his relationship with God as it should be. You are the only one responsible for your relationship with God.
Jesus died in our place, but there is no stand in for your relationship with him. You must have that yourself.
Galatians 6:4-5, 1
But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden.
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
We might want to restore and help others, but we need to focus on our own walk. We can be blessed by others’ testimonies, but it’s better when we can experience it firsthand. It can be personal. You can see his work in you. Make sure you have what you need.
Responsibility comes with age. When you become responsible for yourself, you need to prove your own work. You’ll be accountable for what you do. Lots of people would like to evade personal responsibility, but God will hold you accountable. Examine yourself and see if you’re doing what God wants you to do. With decisions comes responsibility. Make choices with the consideration of what God thinks of it all. If we claim Christ, we have a responsibility to him. Give it some thought. Make sure that his fruit is in your life. We can rejoice when we find everything is as it should be. If we find we’ve left him, we can go back to him. He’s there waiting to take those back who have left him behind. We want to stay with him. What follows in your wake? Are you doing your best to do what’s right? People are watching. They are forming an opinion about you. Be faithful to what you know is right. Examine yourself. Do others see Jesus in you?
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ask God to search you. It will be an honest examination that way. Comparing yourself to others isn’t an honest examination. Let God look things over, and point things out to you. What he shows you he can help you change. He can tell you where it’s needed. Let him help you change. We need to be able to be honest and open with God. Keep a good relationship with him.