2 Corinthians 13:1…
Many worldly motivational speakers encourage us to take a personal stock of our lives. We are to ‘add up’ our plusses, and ‘subtract’ our minuses and see what we have left to say for ourselves. When we make the determination of what is left – if anything – we are to chart a course for our lives and relationships based upon the things we have learned are positive experiences for us.
Investment counselors in a similar way. Take stock. Make an accounting of yourself. Consider where you are headed in your old age, when you will no longer be able to work and earn a living wage. Do you have the remainder of your life covered?
But have you ever questioned your salvation? Do you even know how to be saved? Do you acknowledge what awaits those who are not saved? Do you have a full awareness of what would have taken place in your life had not been saved? Do you know who saved you?
It seems entirely normal to take stock of our emotional or financial lives – but what about our eternal lives?
Perhaps you have noticed people are very touchy about the subject of salvation. They are very easily offended. Satan has made sure under the guise of religion to confuse what should be a very simple subject. There’s only one way to be born again – and that is through the Spiritual rebirth provided when a person chooses to place their faith in the Lordship and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s it. That’s all there is to it.
Here’s something else God provides for clarity’s sake: When you have been born again you know it.
Along comes Satanic influence through the myriad of worldly religions and everything becomes confused. More people are destined for hell under the leadership of religion than any other way. Indoctrinated from birth-to-grave in the necessity of striving to please their god or gods they seek to keep the list of rules the religious form they have been born or converted into instructs them to keep. It is all man’s best doing the best man can do. The trouble is it is never enough. The standard of entry into eternal life in the kingdom of heaven is not striving or sincerity – it is perfection. Since all men are born sinners this is an unworkable solution.
Paul stands against what he knows to be unworkable with all his might. And he informs them even at risk of offending them he is prepared to ask them the tough question no one else is asking: “Do you not know yourselves, that indeed Christ is in you?”
The point is unless you are born again, and Christ is alive in you, you are not saved, and your eternal destination is hell. And if Christ IS alive in you, you know it. There is no doubt about it.
If you realize at Paul’s prompting to take stock of your life and realize you are not born again, then you may be born again any time you wish to place your faith in the Lordship and resurrection of The Lord Jesus, Who is the Christ, the Eternal Messiah, The Lamb of God come to take away the sins of the world.