"Proving Your Identity In Christ"

Updated: Aug 8



Is it Right?


Is it Scripturally Ethical?


Is it within the Biblical guidelines to call to account the actions of one who professes to be a Christian?


Are we within Biblical right to demand that they Prove it?


To some, this is outrageous!!


While this may feel a little bit uncomfortable, to say the least, this is exactly what the scriptures demand!


Yes, you read that correctly... the New Testament scriptures declare that each professing Christian MUST prove the genuineness of their faith to WORLD.


Show me the Evidence!

The command, written plainly and simply with the ink engraved on the old papyrus. Its Scribes are said to be under the inspiration of the spirit of Jesus himself.


The sacred ancient texts that society have come to acknowledge as the Holy Bible, has declared within its pages, that all professing believers, YES!!, ALL 2.6 BILLION of them, are commanded, to prove themselves!


The Apostle Paul admonishes all professing believers,


2 Corinthians 13:5, KJV

"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves, Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates"


The original Greek word for "Examine" is πειράζω peirázō, G9384, Strong's, meaning, specifically in this text, "To Test; prove".


A Test is "A means of determining the Presence, Quality, or Truth of something; A basis for Evaluation or Judgment" (American Heritage Dictionary, 5th ed., 2016).


There is no mistake about it, this text is specifically calling out professing Christians to "evaluate and Judge" themselves regarding the true presence and indwelling spirit of Christ within them...if they are truly Christians. This evaluation is not determined by personal experiences and emotional assurances, but it is a scripturally aligned evaluation and judgment.


The Apostle Paul further reiterates, "Prove your own selves, Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in You?"


The original Greek word for "Prove" is δοκιμάζω dokimázō, G1381, Strong's, meaning, "To Test, to scrutinize".


To "scrutinize" is to "inspect critically".


Hmmmm, this indeed changes the game. Considering the many times professed Christians have unpleasantly declared, "Don't Judge me!" Clearly demonstrating and expressing a resistance to give an account for their behavioral choices in the light of Jesus' established judgments of what a genuine Christian should be.


This all too familiar declaration clearly contradicts what the scriptures commands!


The same Apostle, under the influence of the Holy Ghost forewarns,


1 John 4:1,KJV

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God..."


The word "try" is the same word used for the word "prove". It is the word, dokimázō, meaning, "to Test".


Professing Christians are not only commanded to Test themselves, but equally to Test those who also profess to be of the Christian faith!

 



Jesus Proved Himself!