Is your salvation as sure as you think it is?

Jesus warned us, “Let no man deceive you.” And Paul advised Christians, “Let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” If you are so confident of your salvation that you do not examine yourself against scripture, you could be in danger of falling away from Jesus Christ. Otherwise, why would such warnings exist in scripture?

2 Corinthians 13:5 says plainly, “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?”

Speaking to professing Christians, Paul was saying that by not examining your own faith, you risk the possibility that you could be reprobate. What does reprobate mean? The Greek word for it is adokimos, meaning rejected, unapproved, or cast away. It is the same word used in Romans 1:28 to refer to certain people who could be turned over to a reprobate mind for refusing to trust God. Further, it is the same word Paul used in 1 Corinthians 9:27 when he said if he did not keep his flesh under control, even after preaching the Gospel to many, he could become a “castaway.”

Many have been deceived by people who tell them if they will just say a prayer they will receive eternal life. That cannot be found in scripture at all. Yes, it is good to pray for salvation, but Jesus said, “He that endures to the end shall be saved.” Endures what? Endures in denying the old life and its urges, endures in the perseverance of faith, forsaking material possessions, and in being led by the Spirit of God. The Bible tells us that anyone who loves any person, including one’s closest relatives, more than he loves Jesus is not worthy of Him. (Matthew 10:37)

I urge you to examine your relationship with Jesus Christ under the bright light of scripture. Do not believe people who say God expects nothing more of you than a prayer. You have been purchased by Jesus – bought with a high price – and you are no longer the one in control of your life IF you are a genuine Christian.

We are in the last days before the return of Jesus Christ, and He is the One who declared, “When the Son of man comes, shall He find faith on the earth?” He remains faithful to His own, but the question is, Will they be faithful to Him?

Examine and judge yourself. Many passages exist that tell us what salvation really looks like. In fact, almost the entire second chapter of the book of 1 John seems to have been written to help us examine ourselves.

How much better to judge yourself while you have time to make adjustments than to wait until Judgment Day!

I urge you to not ignore this message. You have nothing to lose by examining your faith, but you have a great deal to potentially gain.

Pat McWhorter operates Grace Warrior Ministries and is the author of several Christian teaching books focused on discipleship and grounding new believers in the faith. He also teaches discipleship and assists ministries in Africa and Pakistan with disciple-making efforts.

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