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Examining Your Profession of Faith

2 Cor. 13:5 States, “Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith.”  The word “examine” means to test, to prove, to try, and to scrutinize.  It is the same thing a doctor does in the examination room.  The nurse takes the temperature and blood pressure. Then the doctor comes in and asks, “What are your symptoms? How long have you noticed a change? Have you changed anything lately?”  When he finishes the examination by question, he begins to check for symptoms, things that show where the problem might be found.  On a side note, some people avoid the doctor not wanting to hear the diagnosis.  Likewise, some professing Christians avoid the Spiritual examination, not wanting to face the diagnosis.  In the same way, a professing Christian examines  the profession of his or her faith.  See 1 Cor. 11:28 which states, “But let a man examine himself” to prove his heart to clear himself and take part in the communion service.
 
The “examination of our profession” is the most important with eternal consequence.   Please read 1 Tim. 6:12-14 and notice these words “and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” Notice “Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession.”   Hebrews 10:23 states, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering.”  If we have “a good profession” we can hold fast that profession, however, the profession alone will not suffice to save a person.  It must be a genuine profession born out of conviction which brings repentance.  Look at Hebrews 6:1-12 and notice these pronouns:  “Let us”, “And this we will do”,  and then in v4 the Word switches to “those who were once enlightened,” and verse 6, “If they shall fall away,” “to renew them,”  “seeing they,” and then verse 9 goes back to “but beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany Salvation.”  The word “accompany” means “go along with.”  There are things we do because we are saved!  Look at Titus 3:5-8 and notice:  Verse 5, we are not saved by works; V7 we are justified by God’s grace; V8 when we received Christ as Saviour, then we are to , “be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.”  Now, what are the things that accompany Salvation?
 
1. There is a supernatural desire to live a different life as a new creature.  2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:14-15
 
2. There is a Departure from the old habits of the flesh. Romans 8:1-13
 
3. There is a Desire to learn and grow in the Christian life.  1 Peter 2:2-3; 2 Peter 3:18
 
4. There is a Spiritual sense of deliverance from sin, Satan and Hell. 2 Cor. 1:10; Col. 1:13
 
5. There is a strong desire for Spiritual duty. Mark 5:15-20; Acts 9:6 “What wilt Thou have me to do?”
 
6. There is a sweet peace that whether in life, death or Rapture, Heaven is your home.  Phil. 1:19-25
 
I trust you have had a genuine Salvation experience and Christ is your Saviour and Lord.  Are you sure? Is it genuine?  Are you Holding fast to a genuine profession?  Examine yourselves! In light of the Word of God.
 
 

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