In other words Paul was addressing their ongoing sanctification , not their once-for-all justification . But many of those who had fallen into immoral practices had taken to challenging Paul’s authority as an apostle. It is properly applicable to metals, as denoting that they will not bear the tests to which they are subjected, but are found to be base or adulterated. Our Price: $4.88. 2 Corinthians 13 English Standard Version (ESV) Final Warnings. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5). Sign up for the Verse of the Day. 2 Corinthians 13:5. 13 If we are “out of our mind,”(A) as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 2 I warned () those who sinned before and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that () if I come again I will not spare them— 3 since you seek proof that Christ () is speaking in me. The simple idea is, that they might know that they were Christians, unless their religion was such as would not stand the test, or was worthless. This does not mean, as some may suppose, that they might know of themselves, without the aid of others, what their character was; or that they might themselves ascertain it; but it means that they might know themselves, that is, their character, principles, conduct. 2 Corinthians 12 Chapter 13 In this chapter the apostle threatens to be severe against obstinate sinners, and assigns the reason thereof ( v. 1-6 ); then he makes a suitable prayer to God on the behalf of the Corinthians, with the reasons inducing him thereto ( v. 7-10 ), and concludes his epistle with a valediction and a benediction ( v. 11-14 ). 2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare: 3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you. 13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”[ a] Since we have that same spirit of[ b] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 19:15; Matt. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on 2 Corinthians 13:5. God intends for us to discover the reality of our nature. Test yourselves. The only other passage of the New Testament where it occurs is Hebrews 6:8; and the reader must not read Calvinistic horrors into an expression which gives no sanction to them. A reprobate is one abandoned to perdition. On the subject of religion, people often act as they do on no other subject; and if it is right for one to be satisfied of the sincerity of his attachments to his best earthly friends, and to speak of such attachment without wavering or misgiving, it cannot be wrong to be satisfied with regard to our attachment to God, and to speak of that attachment, as the apostles did, in language of undoubted confidence. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. Why should not a man be as able to determine whether he loves God as whether he loves a child, a parent, or a friend? ye are reprobates; meaning not that they were so, as such may stand opposed to the elect of God; for persons may as yet neither be in the faith, nor Christ in them, and yet both be hereafter, and so not be left of God, or consigned to destruction; but that if they were not in the doctrine of, faith, then they were reprobate concerning it, or void of judgment in it; and if they had not the grace of faith, and Christ was not in them, then they were not genuine, but nominal professors, like "reprobate silver", counterfeit coin; which when detected, would be "disapproved", not only by God, but man, as this word also signifies, and so stands opposed to them that are "approved", 2 Corinthians 13:7 or if they did not make such an examination, probation, and recognition of themselves, they would be without probation: or as the Arabic version, without experiment. The proof of their piety was to be arrived at by a faithful examination of their own hearts and lives; by a diligent comparison of their views and feelings with the word of God; and especially by making trial of it in life. How that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? ; Job 19:25. Of course, it is impossible to fathom it entirely, but we can and must come to grips with the potential for evil that exists in every one of us. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. The word rendered "reprobates" (ἀδόκιμοι adokimoi) means properly not approved, rejected: that which will not stand the trial. The word is found almost exclusively in St Paul (2 Corinthians 13:5, 6, 7; Romans 1:28; 1 Corinthians 9:27; 2 Timothy 3:8; Titus 1:16). If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost. If the Corinthians do agree that Christ is in them, Paul and his associates will also pass the test of being true representatives of Christ. ; 2 Timothy 1:12. Coming with Authority. Such attachments ought to be doubted - but they do not occur in the common relations of life. Let him go into the world with it. 2 Corinthians 13:5 in all English translations. NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Luke, Comfort Print. Thus Paul proves his authenticity by pointing the Corinthians to their own salvation experience. Let him go and try to do good; to endure affliction in a proper manner; to combat the errors and follies of life; to admonish sinners of the error of their ways; and to urge forward the great work of the conversion of the world, and he will soon see there what his religion is worth - as easily as a man can test the qualities of an axe. So if a man wishes to know what his religion is worth, let him try it in the places where religion is of any value. (2) A second view of 2 Corinthians 13:5 is that Paul was not doubting the Corinthians’ salvation, but was calling them to examine the quality of their walk with Christ. 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