Second Corinthians 13:5 contains a valuable lesson for the Christian and the Church of today. The Bible says, “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?” Isn’t it fascinating to hear words that are relevant, words that are not constrained by time or space? You see, God is the Master lesson teacher and He is constantly expressing those truths throughout the Word of God to His children! In this passage our Heavenly Father speaks to us both individually and corporately. He calls on each Christian to examine themselves individually. When every Christian is examined then the Church will become the Church that God envisioned. You see, the Church cannot examine the world until it has examined itself. Every time the Church has examined herself and compared herself to Jesus Christ she has made a difference in the world in which she lives.
But here is a key point; I want you to know that the Church was NOT put upon this earth to examine the world. Instead it was placed in a climate of deterioration to win the world. The Church has been called upon to make a difference in the culture of its day. She was not called on to reflect the culture, but to change the culture. Now the Church can ignore the crucified risen Savior in several ways. For one it can become apostate. It can abandon the faith. That is not only a possibility it is an actuality. There are congregations who once stood for the truth that have either closed their doors or who have become so unrecognizable to God that He wouldn’t claim them anyway. Most Christians, who would accidentally attend one of these congregations, would have a hard time understanding or knowing that once upon a time they stood upon the word of God. There are those who once walked with the Savior who no longer believe that the Bible is the Word of God or that Jesus is the Christ! It seems as if Biblical ignorance is running rampant and is acceptable in our present age. It is a fact of history that when one ignores the crucified and risen Savior apostasy will soon follow. Brothers and sisters if you don’t believe me just read about the seven churches that are written in the book of Revelation.
Therefore I leave you with the words that were penned by the Apostle Paul in First Corinthians 15:58; “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”