Bible Test: Are You a Christian?
Mon., Jun. 13. 2005 11:03pm EDT
The world uses various standards for judging whether a person is a Christian. The Bible has a simple test, as described by the Apostle Paul:
2 Corinthians 13:5
"Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you -- unless, of course, you fail the test?"
That passage is only one of many that discusses Jesus Christ coming to live inside of us. Here are some others:
(Jesus is speaking) "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me."
"so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith"
(Jesus is speaking) "In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you."
1 John 2:14b
"I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one."
"But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness."
1 John 3:9
"No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God."
"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out."
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
"To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."
"And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit."
"Jesus replied, 'If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.'"
2 Corinthians 6:16b
For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE."
A recent televison ad for Gatorade asks the question, "Is it in you?" The Bible asks a much more crucial question: "Is He in you?" If you don't know for sure, why not take a moment now and ask Him in?