The Test From God and Our LifeDecember 6, 2022
Why does God give a Test?
When God came to the Earth, He came like us in every way. The purpose of God’s coming was for God’s people to meet Him and receive salvation. However, since He comes ordinarily, this is God’s great test. In other words, He feels all the same things mankind feels while on this Earth, which is a difficult test for all people. However, those who sincerely want to seek God and want to come to know the Savior will be those who pass the test. Therefore, the question mankind is given on God’s test is, where can we find God who comes to the Earth?
The reason why God gives such a difficult question is that in the end there are in store great blessings and revealing who had a sincere belief in God. To help us understand the value of the reward compared to the difficulty of the test let us think about the following example. When it comes to taking tests, such as College exams versus elementary exams, we can see they have very different levels of difficulty. Also, when we compare College exams to law school exams we can see these too can not compare in difficulty. As the test gets harder, we can receive opportunities for higher positions, income, and status. In the same way, God gives a difficult test because the unfathomable reward of reigning in the Kingdom of Heaven is granted to those who pass the test.
Who Passes the Test?
In the Old Testament times, God guided and taught the Israelites how to follow and keep His laws. However, in many God-given situations, their faith became exposed as most gave up their faith in true God and followed other gods. Therefore in the end, though everyone at first said they believe in God only Joshua and Caleb passed the test because they had sincere faith in God. This is the same test for everyone today. Everyone will be tested in their sincerity in God for the opportunity to receive God’s gift.
Jn 17:2-3 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
In our own opinion, we may have many thoughts about how God should be, appear and feel when He comes to the Earth a second time. However, we must strive to pass the test by not following our own thoughts but instead listening to the words of God. Now, according to the Bible prophecies, we must come to know the Spirit and the Bride the Saviors in this age. However, this will be even twice as hard as Jesus’ first coming. Only those who pass the test and come to know the Saviors in this age can receive the salvation that They bring.
God Comes in an Unexpected Way
Most believers today think that God, will come in a supernatural way; however, if he comes in this way who would dare to not receive him. If He comes in such a supernatural way can we say He will come as a test? Never! Instead Christ comes as a test for everyone and reveals what is truly in people’s hearts.
Isa 8:13-15 “The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread. He will be a holy place; for both Israel and Judah he will be a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare. Many of them will stumble; they will fall and be broken, they will be snared and captured.”
Through this prophecy we can see there must be many who will not pass God’s test. In other words, to many people Christ will come to them as a stumbling block. To not be the ones who fail the test, we must come to receive the Savior sincerely. God comes to give salvation and will grant it to the ones who come to know him in his second coming.
Jn 5:39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.
To know God we come to study the bible diligently. Usually, the question we were least prepared for was on our test and we had to make a guess. Then we learned to be more diligent in our studies. Also, the higher the status that can be gained the harder the test becomes for us. Then how hard will the test be for those who are chosen to reign in the Kingdom of Heaven? The one who truly regards the words of God, who has the power of salvation or destruction, will not take God’s commands or recognizing the Savior lightly. Instead they will make every effort to prepare and pass the test. Ultimately, like this, everyone’s true faith will be exposed when each person is given God’s test.
God’s Reward for the Passing Grade
God shows us that there is a great reward upon passing His test.
Jn 1:10-12 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
The right to become the children of God is given only to the ones who come to recognize and believe in God. It is difficult to truly believe in God who has come ordinarily and unexpectedly. Even, those who claimed to be God’s people such as the leaders and teachers of God’s laws came to reject the Savior. Though they studied the words of God diligently they were not able to pass the test. It may seem like God is not watching, but God is testing everyone’s faith to see if they truly believe in God.
Col 1:26-27 The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Christ comes as a great mystery to the people of the world. People who do not come to know the mystery of God can not receive eternal life. In other words, the people who do not come to know the mystery, who is Christ, become disqualified from the first test. Then those who do not believe in Christ will be disqualified from the second test. These are two questions everyone must pass to receive the reward hidden in Christ. However, people are failing to realize God’s test and doing evil thinking that God is not watching them. On the Contrary, God is watching everything that is in our actions and hearts.
Overcome the Test and Receive a Great Result
Now people when put in ungracious environments are committing sins boldly against God.
1 Pe 2:4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him
What did people do to Christ? They rejected him. If God came in a majestic way everyone, even those who killed Christ, would have shouted praise to Jesus. The reason we can see this as the case is that those who rejected Jesus are those who have a superficial faith. They claimed to believe in God but could not receive him when He came. Even though they had so much knowledge but failed the test, then all the knowledge they had was for nothing.
Mt 13:10-11 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
Some will know the secrets of God and Heaven. They are those who believe in God, who comes to the Earth. Those who receive Christ when He comes a second time are very blessed because they are given the secrets and the correct knowledge of God. In order for this to be us, when He comes we have to correctly see Christ through the bible. We must not fail the test by looking at things physically or with our thoughts.
Mt 11:6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.
Those who see correctly see the spiritual things will not stumble and fail the test. Now the test in this age is much more difficult because we must correctly recognize Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother who come as the Spirit and the Bride in the last days.
Rev 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
According to the bible, the Spirit and the Bride who come are Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother. Though we may have had preconceived thoughts about the bible or how Christ is to come, we must come to believe solely in the words of God. If we do not come to believe in God’s words we will fail the test that God gives to all mankind. If we fail the test we can not receive the reward of the water of life which is salvation. However, everyone who has sincere faith in God and receives God’s words will be able to correctly answer God’s test. They will be the ones who will receive the reward of reigning in Heaven forever!
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