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|Written by: C. W. Booth
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Test of Faith
There are a large number of indicators by which to examine oneself to ensure one is truly in Christ. Of course, there is only one genuine and definitive test (2 Corinthians 13:5-6) which only the individual can take for himself, but since I have written on that elsewhere, I will not further comment on it here.
Of the many indicators of actual faith in Christ is one which still intrigues me. It is an indicator derived from the following passages:
"Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other. "I have sworn by Myself, The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness And will not turn back, That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance. "They will say of Me, 'Only in the LORD are righteousness and strength.' Men will come to Him, And all who were angry at Him will be put to shame. (Isaiah 45:22-24)
For it is written, "AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD." So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God. (Romans 14:11-12)
so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11)
The indicator is this: If the very thought of bowing before Jesus to give Him worship as God and King causes you emotional discomfort you have need to reexamine your faith.
Since Jesus is God and King He alone deserves such honor and worship. If an individual’s pride says, “I cannot gladly and willingly bow to Jesus and worship Him because the idea of bowing to any such person makes me angry and disgusted,” then you are either not in Christ or are seriously in need of scriptural education regarding the divine nature of our Lord.
Some day everyone will bow before Jesus, either willingly or under duress. Some will bow out of fear and terror all the while angrily hating the one who created them. Others will bow out of respect, fear, love, and thanksgiving, recognizing Him as legitimate and rightful Lord and King.
Which indicator best fits you? What do you think your response will be in that hour when your turn comes to bow the knee?
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