There are times when we all must go to the doctor for a physical examination. The doctor
looks us over, checks our reflexes and various other things. We do this so that we may maintain
In 1 Corinthians 11:28 we read, “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the
bread and drink of the cup.” We are warned here to examine ourselves, so that we do not partake
of the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner. The idea of examining ourselves should be an act
we all do on a regular basis. It is about more than taking the Lord’s Supper in a worthy manner.
If we do not take the time to examine ourselves and correct the things that are wrong, then we
will begin to crumble as Christians.
In 2 Corinthians 13:5 the Bible says, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the
faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you...”? We are to
examine ourselves daily. This is often times more difficult than it sounds. We can be afraid of
what things are brought to our mind.
The time we use to examine ourselves, however, can be a very important time. We can
realize our errors, and we can slide them under the rug, letting the sin and error condemn us, or
we can be humbled in repentance.
We can realize our faults and shortcomings and correct them. When the time comes upon
us that we realize we are in sin is a time when a Christian will either “sink or swim.” If we
choose to repent of our sin and come back to Christ with a heart of repentance, we will remain in
This is how the growth of a Christian is accomplished. It is not accomplished by parading
around with our noses in the air as if we are without sin. There are those who, when their sin is
found out, quickly seek to justify themselves and brush off the wrong doing. However the Father
does not simply “brush off” the sin, regardless of how small we may think it is.
We are told to “test ourselves” as to whether or not we are in the faith. When many hear
these words, they are stricken with fear. It is a terrifying thought to come to the realization that
we may be in the wrong. However, what many fail to realize is that this is the whole purpose of
self examination. When we realize our faults, we can REPENT of them and be back in the right
Sadly, there are those who seem as if they would rather live in torments, than to admit
they have sinned or to feel embarrassed of their sin. In 1 Corinthians 12:30 we read that “For this
reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep” When we do not examine ourselves
daily we become as weak or sick Christians. In verses 31 and 32, we read that if “we would judge
ourselves, we would not be judged,” “we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be
condemned WITH the world (emphasis added R.E)”. When we examine ourselves, it is so that
we may judge ourselves so when we realize our sins we may repent of them. No longer will we
be “condemned with the world.”
As difficult as it may sound, self examination is something all Christians should actively
be doing. Not so we can feel bad about ourselves or feel afraid to sit down and ask ourselves,
“Am I living as a Christian?” We are to examine ourselves, so we may not be condemned as
those in the world will be condemned. We judge our own actions, so we may not be judged.
Let us not be as the world, brushing off sin and searing our conscience with a hot iron.
Instead, let us examine ourselves daily to whether we are “of the faith.” Self examinations can
save the soul.
- Russ Earl
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