September 10, 2012 by Daniel Beckworth
5 Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!6 I hope you will find out that we have not failed the test. 2 Corinthians 13:5-6 (ESV)
Paul writes these words to the church in Corinth as a means of restoration. It is his desire that the Corinthians throw off the weight of sin that so easily entangles and run the race with endurance that has been set before them (Hebrews 12:1-2). In order to begin this process of restoration and unity, Paul urges the Corinthians to examine themselves to see that they are truly in the faith. This obviously leads you to believe that it is a possibility for someone to attend church gatherings and yet be far from the Lord.
Paul urges the Corinthians to test themselves and to see that Jesus Christ really is in you. If Jesus is in you, he’s going to come out in your actions and in your love for others. The two just cannot be separated. I believe the bible is clearly pointing out that attending church functions and having a relationship with a minister are not grounds for saving faith. Salvation is a direct result of Jesus, not your morality.
We would all do well to examine our hearts to see that our faith is genuine, filled with Jesus. Do you have holy desires? Are you filled with devotion for Jesus?