Some people go to the doctor once every year for a physical checkup, for an examination. People do this to see if they are in good health. The doctor examines you to see if you have any undiagnosed health problems.
The same way a doctor examines our physical health, we are to examine our spiritual health. In 2 Cor. 13:5, the apostle Paul says “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless indeed you fail to meet the test.”
I’m afraid a lot of people mistakenly think that because God is love that He will forgive them no matter what they have done. God is love. God is forgiving and He is full of grace. But this love, forgiveness and grace is not cart blanche. It is not given to everyone. In other words, salvation is not universal. Not everything goes. That’s why the apostle Paul said that we are to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith.
The standard for this examination is very high – it is perfection. The standard for salvation is the perfect Law, the 10 Commandments. Have you kept all of the 10 Commandments all of your life? Of course not. None of us have. We have all fallen short of the glory of God. We have all sinned against our Holy God (Romans 3:23). The penalty for missing the mark is eternal separation from God in a very real place called Hell.
Now here’s where the love, forgiveness and grace from God comes in. God realizes that none of us can meet His perfect standard. That’s why He sent Jesus to live and walk on this earth 2,000 years ago. Jesus did what none of us can do. He lived a perfect sinless life. He never sinned in thought, word or deed. Then He died an unimaginably painful death on the cross for guilty sinners. On the third day He rose from the grave. Jesus defeated sin and death. Jesus meets the perfect standard of God.
God offers us eternal salvation through Jesus Christ if we repent and put our trust in Jesus. Salvation is by the grace of God alone (Eph. 2:8-9). There is nothing we can do to earn it. We can’t be good enough. We can never make up for the mountain of sin debt that we have accumulated. But God made a way for us through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We need to acknowledge that we are sinners. We need to recognize that we can’t earn salvation on our own. Then we need to repent by turning away from our sins and put our faith in Jesus. We surrender our lives completely to Him. Then through Jesus, God sees believers as being perfect. Not due to anything on our part, but solely on the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Please examine yourself and see if you are truly in the faith. Is Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior? Have you truly surrendered your life to Him? If you’ve been playing church or going along with the crowd, please stop doing this. Today is the day of salvation. Get right with God today. Universalism is wishful thinking. Jesus didn’t die on the cross for everyone. He died on the cross for those who turn from their sins and put their trust in Him. Examine yourself today and make sure that you are really saved.