Self examination of your soul!

Scripture reading for September 13th: 2nd Corinthians 13:1-14

Paul was coming for his third visit and promised to address their problems with the sins he listed.  Some people there were questioning Paul’s authority and the power of Christ.  He told them that every matter would be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.  He had warned them on the second visit and now was prepared to deal with those who had not repented.  “. . .since you are demanding proof that Christ is speaking through me.  He is not weak in dealing with you but is powerful among you.  For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God’s power.  Likewise, we are weak in Him, yet by God’s power we will live with Him to serve you.” (2nd Corinthians 13:3-4)  It was Christ’s power in Paul’s weak body that made him a servant of Christ to help them.  Christ would not put up with sin in His body!

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.  Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?  And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.” (2nd Corinthians 13:5-6)   Paul told them to test themselves for Christ in their life.  The real test of true Christianity is Christ living in us.  Paul knew that Christ lived in his body and was confident that these Corinthians would see that in him.  (Galatians 2:20)  They also would be able to know whether or not Christ was in them!

Paul was writing this letter to help these Corinthian Christian make the needed corrections in their lives before he came and would need to use his authority in person.  His desire and Christ’s was for their perfection!  His final words showed his heart to these brothers:  “Finally, brothers, good-by.  Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace.  And the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2nd Corinthians 13:11)

If we will take godly correction from those God places in our lives, we will make progress towards perfection!  If we don’t aim for perfection, we surely won’t hit it by accident!  We must help one another in order to make progress and to work at living in peace.  God will work in us and love us to perfection!

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