2 Corinthians 13 Lesson

Taking A Spiritual Inventory

THE DAY OF JUDGMENT

When the day of judgment comes, will you pass the test? 

Are you prepared?

Have you done everything the Bible says needs to be done to go to heaven?

In Virtual Bible Study’s lesson, Five Matters Of Salvation,” we outlined five things that the Bible teaches must be done to be saved.

FIVE MATTERS OF SALVATION WITH CORRESPONDING SCRIPTURES

  1. Believe in Jesus. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” – Acts 16:31
  2. Confess our belief in Him. “For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” – Romans 10:10
  3. Repent (turn away from) of our sins. “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:3
  4. Be baptized. Baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ .” – 1 Peter 3:21 and “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” – Mark 16:16
  5. Obey God’s commandments. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. – Mathew 7:21

Once we understand what God wants us to do, we need to act without delay! We should never put off until tomorrow what we can do today when it comes to our salvation, for none of us is promised another day:

  • “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” – Proverbs 27:1.

THERE ARE ONLY TWO POSSIBILITIES ON JUDGMENT DAY

  1. We pass the test and go to be with God, Jesus, and all the saints in heavenfor eternity
  2. We fail the test and are sent to hell forever.

With so much at stake on the Day of Judgment, it is imperative that we check and double-check ourselves to see if we are ready.

TAKING A SPIRITUAL INVENTORY

As Paul concludes his second letter to the Corinthians, he asks the Corinthians to examine themselves to see if they are in the faith.  (2 Corinthians 13:5

This type of self-examination is something that all of us need to do.  We do not want to find out too late that we are unprepared.  The consequences are simply too great! 

But how should we examine ourselves?  One of the things that we can do is to take a “Spiritual inventory.”

In The Apostle Paul's letter to the Galatians, he listed nine “fruits” that one should possess if the Holy Spirit is active in their life. Paul wrote:

  • “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23.

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

One way that we can take a Spiritual inventory of ourselves is to see which fruits of the Spirit are active in our lives, and which are not.

  1. Love,
  2. Joy,
  3. Peace,
  4. Patience,
  5. Kindness,
  6. Goodness,
  7. Faithfulness,
  8. Gentleness,
  9. And self-control.

We need to ask ourselves if we were judged today, would we be found to have been faithful Christians who possess all these Godly characteristics?  Or will we be like the many who will pursue their own sinful lusts instead of Jesus and perish?

In the Gospel of Mathew, Jesus warned us not to be complacent.  We are to prepare ourselves diligently for the day of judgment! Consider the following scripture as you think about your preparedness for that critical day:

  • Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” – Mathew 7:21-23.

SELF-ASSESSMENT

We gain helpful perspective when we reflect on our lives and assess where we are doing well, and where we can improve.  For example, we may have a lot of love in our lives, but not much patience.  Or we may be faithful but lack gentleness.

Taking a Spiritual inventory can be a soul-saving exercise!

It is particularly valuable, for example, to recognize that we have not been very patient lately.  There is a wise saying, “You cannot manage a secret.”  Knowing where we can improve is an important first step in preparing ourselves for the day of judgment.         

Once we identify the area or areas that need some work, we should ask ourselves how we can improve.  Whatever areas we are struggling with, Jesus can help! As Paul wrote about in his letter to the Philippians:

  • “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13.

CONCLUSION 

All of us need to prepare for the final exam that we will be given on the day of judgment.

One of the best ways to begin doing that is by taking a Spiritual inventory! As we examine ourselves, it is important that we make time to evaluate ourselves with respect to:

  1. The five matters of salvation,
  2. The fruit of the Spirit.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture from the Gospel of Mathew:

  • “Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.” - Mathew 24:32-44.

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Dan W

Yes, the judgment that will determine our destiny is the judgment seat of Christ. Jesus' words will judge us in the last day (John 12:48 KJV--"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day").

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Mark W

We inventory so many things in life: what's in the 'fridge, how much gas is in the car, how much time is left before we go, and more. The most powerful inventory, though, is what you write of, John. That spiritual inventory goes beyond the surface and has us digging deep inside of ourselves. Paul’s earlier letter to Corinth had instructions to do some examination as one remembers Jesus’ body and blood (1 Cor. 11:28). What a powerful time to reflect on what you have!

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Dan W

Yes, the judgment that will determine our destiny is the judgment seat of Christ. Jesus' words will judge us in the last day (John 12:48 KJV--"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day").

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Dan

To the Christian, or at least to this Christian, strength means the ability to stay focused on God’s desire for our lives, even when we have difficulties and struggles.

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Michael
Dan

Amen, I agree. Strength to me means perseverance. No matter what life throws at us, keeping our eye on the prize of heaven, and the route to get there (Jesus).

Strength to me also means the ability to do what we believe to be right, even when we are the only one's.

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