Christ Preparing our Hearts 28

Be persuaded that your soul is far more valuable to you than the whole world and there are only two places (heaven and hell) that you will spend all eternity in.

Search and try your hearts, whether you are in the faith, and your hearts sound in the faith, and your hearts sound in God’s statutes. Ask seriously, have I the love that is sincere, the faith that is sound, soul-saving, sin-killing, and life reforming? Am I sure, my face and heart are really set Zion-ward and heaven-ward? II Corinthians 13:5

The Scriptures tell us to do the following things:

II Cor 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves;

I Cor 11:28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

1 Cor 11:31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged.

Galatians 6:4 But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.

Titus 1:16 They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.

Hebrews 4:1 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it.

Hebrews 12:15 See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;

James 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

When we see that the Scriptures are full of warnings, and many that tell us not to be deceived, we should take great heed of that. We should listen to the Scriptures when they tell us not to be deceived and that we should examine ourselves. We are to search our hearts and we are to put our own hearts on trial. We are to judge them by the Scriptures and the character of God rather than just going by what our feelings tell us and what our fallen reason and desires tell us.

This searching of the heart may lead people to a more settled assurance, so this searching of the heart should be seen as Christ teaching the hearts of His people and is a way of His stripping them of wrong ideas that stand in the way of their assurance. The searching of the heart, however, may also be the teaching of Christ in the inward man and be a way where He strips a person of the false idea that the person is saved. Instead of our own self-love and pride doing the judging concerning ourselves which will never give us an accurate judgment, we must seek the Lord to give us a true sight of our hearts. It will be the case that if the Lord gives us a true sight of our hearts, we will see more sin in the heart than we thought possible. But again, the Lord can give an assurance despite the sight of our heart. The eyes of self-love and wrong ideas of God will always try to blind us to the truth of ourselves, but we must have Christ teach us and prepare our hearts for the truth.

Regardless of whether we are deceived about our conversion or not, every single unconverted person will depart from Him into the eternal fire. We must cry out to Him and seek to know the truth of our own hearts. We must not spare our sinful self-love and our pride, we must seek Christ to give us the truth of our own hearts. We must not be concerned about what others will think of me, but we must seek Christ to give us the truth about ourselves. If we are deceived, we must know that rather than riding on a cloud of self-deception to hell. Christ must prepare our hearts or we will perish. We must not give in to the modern nonsense of praying a prayer or things like that, we must have new hearts or we will perish. This is not a small thing (in comparison) like finding out we have a serious disease, this is an eternal situation. Our eternal state is what we are looking at now. When Paul wrote that we should examine ourselves, he was writing as the apostle (sent one) of Christ. That means we should and that means that without that examination we may be deceived.

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