2 Corinthians 13
-In his last chapter of this letter, Paul gives his flock some final warnings to help them examine and test their faith and realize the concept of Jesus Christ IN them (2 Corinthians 13:5). He begins by reiterating a law from the Torah that every charge must be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses (Deuteronomy 19:15). Paul says he will not spare the sinners on his third visit to them to prove that Christ is speaking in him (2 Corinthians 13:1-3). God is not weak in dealing them, but powerful. Paul gives the example of how Christ was crucified in weakness, but His resurrected life is lived in power and authority by which he as an apostle now lives (2 Corinthians 13:4). Because of this power living inside the Christian, they are expected to examine and test all measures of faith and practice to prove their allegiance and oneness with the Savior (2 Corinthians 13:5-7). The apostle says that we as believers can do nothing against the truth of the Lord and severe discipline will come in his use of authority for the purpose of building up, not tearing down, if he comes finding chaos and sin (2 Corinthians 13:8-10). He asks them for restoration (there had been much conflict and sin), to comfort one another, to agree with one another (a constant Corinthian issue), and live in peace (2 Corinthians 13:11). After short greetings he tells his readers to have grace, love, and fellowship in the Trinity (2 Corinthians 13:12-14). *Application* Self examination will keep us in line with the truth of God. We need to test ourselves constantly to see if we are abiding in the faith that has saved us and made of a child of God set free from sin. If we are failing this test, repentance and restoration is required to bring us back into proper fellowship with our King and live in His glory. This is what the Lord desires for each of us. Live in Christ and obey His directions!
Verse to Memorize- 2 Corinthians 13:5