II Corinthians 13:5 NKJV
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
Paul challenges them to check themselves. Other translations read “examine yourselves,” or “test yourselves.”
Paul was saying that you need to prove to yourself whether or not Jesus Christ lives in you.
If you fail the test, the examination, you disqualify yourself from truly being a believer in the faith.
You will never truly be able to check yourself without being a student of the word of God.
This verse has extremely serious implications. Paul is saying you must know if Jesus Christ is truly in your life.
Matthew 7:21 NKJV
21 “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.
It is not the ones who call themselves Christians or even the ones who may utter a prayer of “Lord, Lord” who will enter the Kingdom of God. Jesus said it takes doing the will of His father in heaven.
James 2:20 NKJV
20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
Faith without doing the will of the Father is dead faith.
Micah 6:8 NKJV
8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
Do justly—acting with conformity to what is right, impartial, fair, blameless, righteous
We are to show mercy even to those who don’t deserve it. I should have already learned this lesson of continually showing mercy.
Humble—not proud or haughty; not thinking more highly of yourself than you should; to prefer others before yourself; meek; modest
Romans 13:12 NKJV
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
Ephesians 2:10 NKJV
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
If being a true believer means that we obey God and do what he says, then we should look at the last thing that Christ told us to do:
Acts 1:4-5 NKJV
4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Acts 1:8 NKJV
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 2:4 NKJV
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
There are scriptural benefits to speaking in tongues. Let’s look at six of those benefits:
1. Speaking in tongues is an initial evidence, or sign, of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
2. Speaking in tongues in our individual prayer life is a means of spiritual edification, or building up.
I Corinthians 14:4 NKJV
4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.
I Corinthians 14:14 NKJV
14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
Notice he said, “My spirit prays…”
When you pray in tongues, your spirit is in direct contact with God, who is a Spirit. When you speak in tongues, you are talking to Him by divine, supernatural means.
3. Speaking in tongues keeps us continually aware of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling Presence.
4. Speaking in tongues eliminates the possibility of selfishness entering our prayer life.
Romans 8:26 NKJV
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Paul didn’t say we didn’t know how to pray.
Just because we know how to pray doesn’t mean that we know what to pray for as we ought.
The Holy Spirit is not going to do our praying for us. He is sent to help us pray. Speaking with other tongues is praying as the Spirit gives utterance. It is Spirit-directed prayer.
5. Speaking in tongues helps us (as believers) learn to trust God more fully. It builds one’s faith to speak in tongues.
Jude 1:20 NKJV
20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
6. Speaking in tongues tames the tongue.
James 3:8 NKJV
8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.