Test of Your Eulogy

Test 9 of 9


1 John 4:15 says,

  • If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.

  • 1 John 5:5 says,

  • Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

  • Romans 10:9 says,

  • If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

  • A eulogy is a formal expression of praise, particularly for someone who has died recently. Now Jesus did die, but He of course also then rose from the dead.

    Bad Interpretation

    Acknowledgement that Jesus is the Son of God and Lord, and that He died and rose again. This is the usual test that most are familiar with - yet as you can now see there are many more tests that if you fail at, it is unlikely that you have actually been 'born again' or converted. Imagine if you only had to acknowledge a few things about God - Satan himself would pass, because he certainly acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, and certainly acknowledges the Truth of the Bible.But he doesn't obey it or bow down to it. There is great need to be familiar with the historical context of this confession of Jesus Christ. Muslims today would get it, but because we are in a free country where you're not killed for your faith, we don't get it.

    True Interpretation

    The Romans were the rulers in this day and age, having conquered most of the known world. Due to many different nations and different religions being under their sway, it was difficult to unify them. In order to overcome this, various Caesars instituted a Caesar-worship. All the people under them would be required to say (confess) that Caesar was Lord, which meant, God of gods, or King of kings. The people after saying this were then free to worship whoever or whatever they worshipped. Of course for a Christian, to put Caesar above their God was absolutely out of the question. So the True Christian would not confess that Caesar was Lord, but rather that Jesus was Lord. In this case, they would immediately be put to death or put in jail for the Gladiator ring (certain death). I said that the Muslims would get it - because if they said to their family that they were Christians their very own family would disown them and hunt them down to the death if they did not recant. This fear occurs even in Western countries. Now read your verse again, "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord'". Do you also see how this fits so much better with the other commands that Jesus says to non-believers to, "take up your cross and follow me" (Matthew 16:24), deny yourself "daily" (Luke 9:23), "except you repent you will likewise perish" (Luke 13:1-3), rather than some mere confession which would then contradict these commands?

    Questions:

    (Be honest with yourself! Data is stored temporarily for your eyes only. This also means you can go back and change your answers.)



    Are you trusting in the fact that at least one point in your life (but perhaps two or more) you prayed a prayer, confessing Jesus is Lord and 'accepting' Him into your heart?

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    Are you trusting in your complete, continuous surrender (not a decision) to Him, acknowledging that He is in control (His Lordship) over everything that you do every day?

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