That time of the year that all teachers look forward to and so do the students, the end of the school year. The time most students do not like to happen also happens as the school year end nears, final testing or exams.
Studying for the test properly will greatly help the students and allow them to achieve a passing and perhaps, a good grade. The teacher has taught them and desires that they have been studying all year to prepare for this time. But once the test begins then the students are on their own and must rely on how well they can recall the things they have studied.
In one’s spiritual life, there are different examinations going on at different times.
1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.
In this passage, Christians are admonished to not forget the word of God, carefully studying it and then using it for good in their lives, avoiding the evil that is present in this world. The best way to know the word is to study it carefully and diligently. (2 Timothy 2:15)
Another type of examination is discussed in 2 Corinthians 3:5 where we are told: Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?
Here, we are told to look inwardly to see how well we are leading a Christ centered life, a Christian life. The faith that is mentioned is the system of faith as discussed in Jude vs 3, the one that Christians are called to earnestly defend. This is the faith based on the gospel, the teaching of Christ as given to us in the New Testament.
Self examination, self introspection, is required by followers of God in Christ, after first learning of the teaching contained in the Bible. The Bible and its teaching being the standard of authority that is to be used.
May we all examine carefully the scriptures and then examine ourselves that we be found in compliance with the teaching contained therein. Be honest with yourself as to whether you are right in God’s sight to the best of your ability.
The final examination or judgment will happen when Jesus returns. (see Acts 17:30-31; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9) Let us be examining ourselves constantly and consistently to be found right in His sight.