Honest Self-Examination

(II Cor. 13:5)

 

 

Introduction:

   * Some Corinthians doubted Paul’s apostleship, though they had ample evidence (II Cor. 12:12).

   * They were told to examine themselves (II Cor. 13:5).

   * Peirazo means:

   * A Christian’s authenticity is very important (I Peter 4:12).

 

1. Four things involved in effective spiritual examination.

   * Critical examination should begin with self, not others (Matt. 7:3-5).

            - Parable of 2 Jews praying in the temple (Luke 18).

 

   * We must honestly evaluate and admit to what we discover.

            - Requires integrity (Ps. 26:1).

            - Need good and honest heart (Luke 8:15).

            - Matt. 18:8-9 –

            - Must bow to God’s truth w/o question.

 

   * We need an objective standard that does not change.

            - Can’t measure ourselves by ourselves (II Cor. 10:2; Prov. 16:2). Can’t compare ourselves to others either. Each

                is responsible for his/her own actions (II Cor. 5:10).Conform yourself to Scripture (II Tim. 2:15)!

            - II Tim. 3:16-17.

  

   * A self-examination must involve purpose.

            - We must mold our lives to the mind of _____________________________________. (Phil. 2:5)

            - Rom.12:1-2 –

            - Repentance not emphasized (Luke 13:3&5). Is a “fruit” (Matt. 3:8).

            - J.W. McGarvey’s sermon

 

 

2. The faith.

   * Objectively, referring to the faith itself (Acts 6:7; Jude 3).

 

 

 

 

 

   * Subjectively, referring to one’s personal faith (II Cor. 13:5; Matt. 23).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            - Consider James 2: v. 12: “So speak ye and so do…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

May we all examine ourselves honestly and strive to conform to God’s will and Word.

                                                                                                                                    R.W. McAlister  11/30/08 a.m.