Testing

by admin ~ December 22nd, 2018. Filed under: Brandenburg.

One Greek word, peirasmos, and its related words, translate “trial,” “temptation,” “tempted,” “tried,” “test,” and “tested.” The meaning depends on the context, but I want to focus on “test,” “testing,” and “tested.” Testing in the New Testament is only for believers, and communicates at least two ideas: one, testing a believer for the purpose of helping him grow, and, two, testing a believer to see if he really is a believer. On the latter, a person wants to know if his faith is genuine, because his eternal destiny is at stake. He is tested by God and that helps him find out. This is one way he gets the assurance of his salvation – not his security, his assurance. The security of a truly saved person is not at stake. Assurance is also important. People without assurance will lack in motivation to sacrifice for the Lord. Why live the Christian life if you are not sure about it? You won’t. Testing is a means of vindicating a Christian life, manifesting its genuineness. We are living in an era where professing Christians don’t want testing. They want ease. They want the assurance without the testing. At the same time, real Christianity is going to be tested more than ever in the United States. It is harder to be a Christian, or in other words, the testing is more difficult. Professing Christians don’t want the testing, so they look to a Christianity compatible with the avoidance of testing. There isn’t one. These people are not Christians. You either avoid testing or you avoid Christianity. The avoidance itself is flunking the test. Take this into strong consideration.

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