Self-Examination By Scarlett Stough

The Apostle Paul exhorted the people who made up the church at Corinth to examine themselves. What were they to look for in themselves? (Read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 and 2 Corinthians 13:1-14.)

The Life Application Bible New International Version (published jointly by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. and Zondervan Publishing House*) comments on these two passages:

How do we remember Christ in the Lord’s Supper? By thinking about what he did and why he did it…..In reality, no one is worthy to take the Lord’s Supper. We are all sinners saved by grace. This is why we should prepare ourselves for Communion through healthy introspection, confession of sin, and resolution of differences with others. These actions remove the barriers that affect our relationship with Christ and with other believers. Awareness of your sin should not keep you away from Communion but should drive you to participate in it. “Without recognizing the body of the Lord” means not understanding what the Lord’s Supper means and not distinguishing it from a normal meal….[Commentary on 1 Corinthians 11:25-29.]

The Corinthians were called to examine and test themselves to see if they really were Christians. Just as we get physical checkups, Paul urges us to give ourselves spiritual checkups. We should look for a growing awareness of Christ’s presence and power in our lives. Only then will we know if we are true Christians or merely imposters. If we’re not taking active steps to grow closer to God, we are drawing further away from him. [Commentary on 2 Corinthians 13:5.]

I plan to take this self-examination plan to heart and then follow Jesus’ instruction:

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).

*Notes and Bible Helps copyright 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; New Testament Notes and Bible Helps copyright 1986 owned by assignment by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

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