It's Meeka here.
Have you figured out the equation? I know it's a bit tricky without the variables and so I will plug them in for you and it will make it a lot easier to understand it's meaning. This mathematical calculation determines if one has Christ's spirit or biblically considered a reprobate.
1 + 1 = 1
(you) + (Christ's Spirit) = (Jesus' spirit united with yours is equivalent to being joined with him as one spirit)
1 Cor. 6:17, KJV
1 + 0 = 0
(you) + (the absence of Christ's Spirit) = (Zero presence/void of his spirit is biblically equivalent to a Reprobate)
Romans 8:9, KJV
The equation is rather simple. One either has the spirit of Christ or one does not. The New Testament scriptures are clear concerning the fate of those who claim to be a Christian but do not have the spirit of Christ dwelling within them. They are indeed reprobates.
Are You A Reprobate?
It is a rather straightforward question which renders an equally straightforward answer according to the New Testament scriptures.
The scripture we will examine is found in the book of Corinthians. This is the scripture, among others, that demands and requires, that those professing to be Christians or followers of Christ, should very well provide the evidence of being so. The Apostles' admonishment is not just for the direct recipients of the letter written in the scriptures, but it resonates to all those who should afterwards profess to have the spirit of Christ dwelling within them. The Apostle commanded that they examine themselves if they are indeed of the faith.
(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"
Let's examine the word "reprobate", which comes from the late Latin word "reprobatus" in the early 15c, meaning, "rejected as worthless". It is a past participle of the word "reprobare", meaning, "to disapprove, reject, or condemn". By the 1540's the word reprobate was understood as "one rejected by God", and by the 1950's interpreted as an "abandoned or morally unprincipled wicked person". Over time, the word reprobate, within the English language, has not only been defined as someone who is rejected and worthless, but it is primarily associated with one who is predestined to damnation; a condemned person; rejected by God and without hope of salvation.
Quite Dismal, wouldn't you say?
Does the English definition of the word "reprobate" align with the original Greek word used for "reprobate" in the New Testament text? Let's see...
The Original Greek Text
The original Greek word used for reprobate is ἀδόκιμος Adókimos, G96, Strong's, meaning,
Failing to Pass the Test
one who is rejected as worthless, a castaway
One that does not prove himself to be such as he ought
The original Greek word speaks of one who is a reprobate as one who has Failed to pass the Test!
What is the Test?
It is the Test of true discipleship; the visual evidence of the spirit of Christ dwelling/living within you. The Apostle Paul stated, "Prove/Test yourself! know if the spirit of Jesus dwells within you" (2 Corinthians 13:5, KJV). There will be evidence!
Why should this matter to you as a professing Christian or one considering Christianity?
Because your very soul depends on it!
It is written clearly, "to prove yourself". Otherwise you are asserting the claim of being a Christian without the verifiable proof; without the actual evidence of his spirit living within you. It becomes a matter of assuming the role without the credentials; a matter of pretense.
Christ's spirit is the very thing needed to identify you with Christ and gain entrance into the Kingdom of God! Without his spirit, according to the New Testament scriptures, it is just an "empty claim" as those found in the book of Matthew Chapter 7. Upon meeting with Jesus, they called him "Lord", and expressed the many works that they performed in his name.
However, they did not take the TEST to determine if his spirit truly dwelled within them. Jesus did not identify his spirit within them, there was no connection, they were not "Born Again", and thereby he proclaimed that he never knew them. Jesus declared this despite their emotions or personal beliefs that led them into a state of delusion; the delusion that they were his disciples.
According to the Bible, the claim of Christianity is based upon visual evidence/proof. There are direct scriptural markers that identify and confirm the proof of his spirit within a professing Christian that are noted within The TEST. Five specific Biblical Pillars clearly determine the state of one's claim. These Pillars examine and confirm if the spirit of Christ truly dwells within you.
Remember, The "Burden of Proof" rests with the one who makes the claim!
The Claims of Jesus
If you are claiming to be a Christian, a follower of Jesus, the Burden of Proof rests with you! Your claim must be confirmed/verified with proof according to the dictates of the scriptures. According to the words of Jesus, himself, you must demonstrate the Biblical proof of his spirit residing in you...and you can only do this by the power of the Holy Ghost (His own spirit) dwelling within you.
Consider, if you will, the claims of Jesus. In what ways did he provide solid, verifiable proof/evidence that his claims were true? How did he confirm/prove his identity in God? Jesus made the claims and therefore the Burden of Proof rested upon him.
Are you familiar with all of the ways Jesus provided evidence concerning his claims? If so, please visit my blog and share a few examples! I would love to read your comments! Please Visit this link: "Proving Your Identity In Christ" to share your comments or questions and to gain further insight into this topic.
We'll explore further in the next email how Jesus specifically provided tangible evidence/proof of his claims and demands that professing Christians do the same!