Every Thought Captive to Messiah


Examine Yourselves, Test Yourselves

2 Corinthians 13

“…[B]ecause you seek proof that Messiah is speaking in me [Paul]. He is not weak in dealing with you [Corinthians], but is powerful among you. For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God. Keep testing yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Critically examine yourselves. Or do you not realise this about yourselves, that Jesus Messiah is [operating] in you—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we [Paul and Timothy] have not failed the test” (2 Cor 13:3-6).

Paul is dealing with problem people in the church at Corinth. These problem people need a course correction. They have been antagonistic toward him and have not respected his apostolic authority. Paul is willing to use his authority to discipline them if he has to, but he really doesn’t want to. He wants them to examine themselves and for Jesus to operate in and through them. He's aiming for restoration (v. 9).

Some principles: (1) sometimes church leaders have to use the power of God in dealing with problem people in the church; (2) when they do so, they must ensure they are walking by the Spirit, abiding in Jesus, and living in fellowship with the Father; and (3) as believers, we are to continually examine ourselves whether Jesus is actively operating in and through us (if not, we need to course correct).

Father, I am finding the current uncertainty in our lives difficult. We are on the move, like nomads, and we do not know where we are going to settle. May we be patient and ensure Jesus is operating through us. Help us to pay attention to what you are doing around us. May we be spiritually-minded as we spend time with family and friends. May you use our family as you desire. May we become less as Jesus becomes more. Help Averil to heal today, and may we spend quality time with Jamie and Aizada. I am so thankful for you and your grace towards all of us. May we all draw closer to you. May we not worry nor be afraid. In Jesus’ name, amen.

- Jeff Coleman


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