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! 2 Corinthians 13:5
For the rest of the week, we will consider what it means that Christ is in you. First, we will consider whether or not he is! Paul knew the people to whom he was writing. He knew they had trusted in Jesus. That is why he considered himself their father and them his children. And yet, it was possible that some among the church were not truly born again. It is possible that some looked saved, acted saved, thought that being around saved people meant that they were saved, but who had not been born again. Paul asks them to see if Jesus Christ is in them. This is the true test that each must pass to enter into heaven. If you have never been born again, then Jesus Christ is not in you and you will not enter heaven. You will spend eternity separated from God in hell. God will honor your decision to not have him be part of your life. That is an eternal decision. However, God is not willing that any should perish, so he sent Jesus to pay the penalty for our sin. His death on the cross is sufficient to pay the penalty that our sin deserves. God offers forgiveness through the sacrifice of Jesus as a gift. All who receive that forgiveness and who repent, exchanging their life of sin for his life of righteousness, will be saved. It involves asking Jesus to be the center of your life—to come into your heart (the very center of your being, the core of who you are, your inmost being). For true followers of Jesus, this is where he dwells. While it may sound simple to say that you must ask Jesus into your heart, it really is a profound teaching. You must surrender your inmost being to his presence. Salvation requires a new master in your heart. Is Jesus Christ in you?