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Examine Yourselves?

by Melissa Perez on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 7:16am

2 cor 13:5″ examine yourselves whether you are in the faith.(His faith, view yourself from HIS perspective) Test yourselves. (Test=dokimazo, root word dokimos=accepted,pleasing-this word was used to give name to men of integrity who during ancient times would not accept counterfeit money)

To test yourself is NOT to look to what is wrong with you, but what is TRUE OF YOU.

God does not want you to accept anything counterfeit that is said about you!He wants you to be one of integrity and accepet only that which is Truth and who is truth Jesus,That which is true of Him is NOW true in YOU

1 John 5:20 “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life”

See we are to examine ourselves whether what we are believing is aligned with what HE KNOWS, because what exists in the mind of God alone is TRUE.

Philemon .6 says “ That the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgement of EVERY GOOD thing which is IN YOU in Christ Jesus“…

See our faith, will be as effective as our acknowledging of  the GOOD in US By Christ. Often times we read scriptures like the one above in corinthinas and think we are to make sure that we are not being” bad”, that we are trying really hard to be “good”, and we check for all our “sins” (which He NO LONGER REMEMBERS) rather than recognizing and APPRECIATING HIM IN US!

We’ve been taught to look at our “sin” when God doesn’t want us living sin conscious, BUT CHRIST conscious.

He wants us aware of what has been made right IN US!

He wants you aware of that which Christ came to redeem the image and likeness of God in YOU.

2 corinthians 3:18″But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord”

See it is in our BEHOLDING(constant) as in a MIRROR(revealing what is NOW) NOT a window (revealing what could be) that we are transformed into the same image.It’s in our acknowledging HIM and HIM IN US that we are awakened to experience HIS REALITY.

This is why paul could say “we regard NO man according to the flesh any longer”  because He had become so aware of a greater reality than that which He saw and even experienced in the physical realm. He had discovered CHRIST IN HIM which led him to preach CHRIST IN the nations. Galations 1:16

It is this truth that  moves you and over takes you, because you begin to see Him in the face every sinner and every saint.

We are to NOW regard (greek text eido– to KNOW) ALL man according to THE TRUTH=Jesus. 2 cor 5:16

John 1:4 states ” In Him was the life, and the life was the LIGHT (Phos- the TRUTH and its knowledge) of men” As francois says, Christ did not come to be an example for you but OF YOU! Through His living and His being He was revealing God’s intent for Man, our ORIGINAL design was and is revealed in HIM.

To walk in the Light as He is in the LIght is not about works, but about walking in this greater reality. To live in the place  where darkness has been dispelled and you can once again see and live aware of His imprint, His image, and likeness in YOU and in ALL creation. It’s in this place where competetion, strife, and condemnation ceases to exist  because mankind’s value is again revealed.

 Romans 8: 30 b – Those He justified, These He also glorified (literal text glorified To cause the dignity and worth of someone to become manifest and acknowledged)

You have been justified, that you may be glorified and your worth manifested and acknowledged!

Know that Jesus is God’s final word about man.

EVERYTHING He would ever need to say TO YOU, FOR YOU, or ABOUT YOU He has SAID IN CHRIST.

Hebrews 1:1 “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;” 

Christ is His opinion of You!

He  is the revealing of God’s original design for man- which He has come and redeemed.

Discover yourself in His thoughts and do NOT settle for less than HIS OPINION OF YOU!

 

The following is the passage used to say that there is a spiritual act of worship:

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (KJV)

Notice that verse one does not say “spiritual service, or “spiritual act of worship”, as some versions have it. The Greek literally says, “I am inviting (parakaleo – to call near or invite) then, you brothers, through the pities of the God, to stand/proffer/be at hand, the bodies of you (your bodies) sacrifice (act or victim, literal or figurative), living, holy, fully agreeable, to the God, the logical ministration/latreia (or “divine” service) of you (your)….” And so on.

(From the Thayer and Smith Greek Lexicon, latreia: service rendered for hire – any service or ministration: the service of God – the service and worship of God according to the requirements of the Levitical law – to perform sacred services)

The word spiritual is not even there.

The passage draws its language from the old type of service under the law, after the flesh. But by the mercies of God, it is reasonable to present ourselves to Him – for we are wholly His.

Notice that it also says, “living”. It’s a new and living way we are walking in. Not the way of death, but life. We “surrender” to God’s way, the living way, and the only sacrifice we can logically bring is our living selves – our hearts and our hands and our feet. Lively stones of God’s building.

We are in the spirit if we are Christ’s. We are therefore spiritual, before we “do” anything else!

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord…

Romans 8:9-10 – But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

Those who are Christ’s are spiritual, the old man being dead.

We all may not be mature, but we are all spiritual because our very nature has been changed – we are a new creation. Everything we do is actually spiritual. God fully accepts our acts done by our living flesh, for we are accepted in Christ.

I like it put this way: Romans 12:3 – (The Message) I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.

Here is another, grace-based, take on that passage.  Paul is inviting them, because of God’s grace given by His mercies (he just spent 11 chapters talking about grace) to be ready as flesh and blood human bodies, to serve in the temple made without hands (for elsewhere it is written that God is not served by human hands).

In other words, we serve in the body of Christ, we who are now living in newness of life, with him working through us. The rest of the passage is the result of what the grace-walk looks like. 

It isn’t true spirituality to do anything in order to be spiritual; it will only fail. True spirituality is recognizing and acknowledging that we are already spiritual – and then walking in it.

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