SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Paul tells the Corinthian Christians:
- I'm going to visit. You have judged me, now it's time to examine yourself. I don't want you to fail the test to prove me right, or to pass the test just so I can boast. What's important is the truth of the gospel.
- The authority I have from God is to build people up, not to tear them down.
- Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind and live in peace.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- The people of Corinth have judged Paul, but the person whose faith they should have been judging is their own. Jesus taught us not to be concerned with the "speck" in someone else's eye, but instead to focus on our own sin (see Matthew 7:3-4). This examination "to see whether you are in the faith" is for us as well.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Take some time for a self-examination. Some questions you could ask yourselves include: Do I really love God and people? What's the real motivation for the good things I do? Does God’s Holy Spirit affirm my faith (for more, see Romans 8:9,16)? Do my actions honor Jesus?