Self-ExaminationBro. David Chancellor
7/8/2001 11:00 AM
2 Corinthians 13:3-9
Paul had written the Corinthians twice. He had to defend his position as the Apostle Paul. Some had begun to question whether he was all he claimed he was. He told them they were the proof that he was the man of God. They were questioning the apostle Paul. Humanity is good at examining how things are going for other folks.
The wicked search out iniquities. As people we have no trouble looking around to see how others are doing. The Pharisees found something to accuse Christ (the innocent) of.
2 Corinthians 13:5
Paul tells them to examine themselves. Exam = test. See where you stand. In a cross-examination, lawyers ask tricky questions to uncover things that aren't true. You want to do a good examination. Be sure you have it right. We don't want anything that won't pass on the judgment day. See if the life of Christ is in you. Exam - look it over. Prove it to make sure it works. Does it really work in my life? Trials prove us. If it doesn't prove out in trial, go to God for help. The Titanic didn't prove out. We only have one chance at life; we need to be sure that things are as they ought to be. Do you know yourself? Get to know yourself. See how you are doing. You are the person you can do the most about, and you are the person you have to live with. If there is something to find, we want to find it now. Either Christ is in your life, or you are not doing well. Is Christ in you? Knowing about Christ is not enough. We need the power of God dwelling in our soul. You won't have a change in your life until Christ dwells in you. Our primary concern is Christ in us. Just having "the right church" and "the right doctrine" isn't enough. If Christ isn't in you, you've missed it all. We need the assurance that Christ is in us. If you look things over and things are right, you know where you are at. How are things between you and God? We need the assurance that things are good between us and God at all times.
We want to examine how things are about us: both in public and private life. Our heart needs to be right and lifted up to God. Outward worship is not enough if Christ doesn't get into the heart to dwell there. God is too pure to look upon sin. He will not dwell in a heart and life where sin is. God needs to be the center of our lives, in all we do and say. We need God with us wherever we go. We have to take God to others. There are many who won't come to church, but Christ in you can reach sinners anywhere.