In the book of II Corinthians and chapter 13, Paul is talking to the church at Corinth and says this,
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!
Paul is writing to a group of people who call themselves christians, and he is telling them that they need to look deep inside of them to really see if what they are doing and how they are living is what christians should be doing.
My honest opinion is this – that the church today is made up of too many people that call themselves christians but don’t ACT or LOOK anything like a christian!
The word church in the Greek language means “a called-out people.” Each church has two addresses – a geographic address (“at Corinth”) and a spiritual address (“in Christ Jesus”). The church is made up of saints, that is, people who have been “sanctified” or “set apart” by God.
If we are a “called-out people” then we should ACT & LOOK different from this world!
In this passage of scripture, Paul turns the tables on the church of Corinth. In verse 3, the people of Corinth are wanting “proof” from Paul that Christ was speaking in him. So Paul decided to ask the people the same question, and he basically says to them – instead of worrying about someone else – take the time first to test yourself to see if Christ is in you!
Over the next few post, I am going to be looking into the Book of Proverbs at ways that we, as christians, need to “look within” to “examine” ourselves to make sure we are a “called-out people”.