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Four Tests of a Christian

Updated on September 23, 2017
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks, an ordained minister of Christian education, holds an M.A in Christian education and an M.Div. in Divinity.

“Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.” (Matthew 5:1-2)

Everyone Must Take Tests of Some Kind

As a teacher, I give tests for three main reasons.

  • It lets me, the teacher, know if I am teaching the lesson in a plain concise manner.
  • It lets me know if my teaching is effective.
  • It also lets me know if the students are understanding it. . . if they are “getting it.”

We are all tested whether we realize it or not. High school students are tested by the scholastic tests they have to take, such as the SATs, the PSATs, and the SOLs. To get into graduate school, one must take the GRE- (graduate record exam).

In order to drive, we must get a driver's license. We can't get the license without passing a driving test.

Doctors and dentists have to pass the Boards. Lawyers have to pass the Bars. Accountants have to pass the CPA exams. To work for some companies, you have to pass the company tests. I used to work for the US Postal Service, and I had

I used to work for the United States Postal Service, and I had to pass the Clerk-Carrier Test to sort mail and to deliver mail. We can’t escape taking a test sometime in our lives.

As Christians, we should are not exempt from passing certain tests either. There are four tests we should pass with flying colors. And they are all alluded to in these two verses. See if you can pick out the four tests of a Christians.

“Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.” (Matthew 5:1-2)

Jesus SAW the crowds.

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Eye Test

This eye test is one of the four tests Christians should pass. What are we seeing? Every Christian should have corrective vision. Every Christian should have 20/20 spiritual vision. Since the eyes are windows to the soul, people should be seeing correctly.

We should be able to see from God’s perspective. Scales should fall from our eyes, and we should be able to see with the eyes of Jesus. That’s why Saul was blinded for three days after his conversion experience on that Damasus Road so he could be purged to see through the eyes of Jesus. After three days, Saul passed the eye test.

In the Bible, Jesus healed a lot of blind people. Why do you think there are so many recorded incidents of blind people in the Bible? It is because a point needs to be made that we should pass the Eye Test.

There was blind Bartimaeus, the man who was born blind, the man Jesus healed with his spit, the blind lepers, and the list goes on.

Why did Jesus call the Pharisees blind guides? Even the physically sighted were spiritually blind. Sometimes we are so blind that we can’t “see the forest for the trees.” We have to pass the eye test.

Jesus saw the CROWDS.

Popularity Test

Jesus saw the crowds and they always followed Him. This indicates that He was popular. Crowds followed Jesus for two main reasons.

  1. They followed Him to learn from Him.
  2. They followed Him to be healed, delivered and made whole.

Crowds were always around Jesus. On the road to Jerusalem, the crowds were with Him when he healed blind Bartimaeus. The crowds were with Him when he healed the woman with the issue of blood. The crowds were with him when he healed Jairus’ daughter. The crowds were with him even when He was crucified. Crowds always were around Jesus because Jesus was POPULAR. Jesus passed the popularity test.

Every Christian should take a popularity test. Look behind you to see how many people are following you.

His disciples came to him, and he began to TEACH them.”

Vocabulary Test

Jesus only spoke those words His Father told Him to speak. When Jesus didn’t know what to say, He consulted His Father. Jesus taught in a way that was pleasing to His Father.

He passed the Vocabulary Test by teaching His followers in a way they could understand. He used parables. He used simple language. He taught them spiritual lessons by appealing to the ordinary and the familiar.

Jesus passed the Vocabulary Test in that he was positive. He admonishes you to “Watch Your Language.” He encourages you by His example to pray the solution instead of the problem. He encourages you to pass the Vocabulary Test by being mindful of what you speak.

Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be accepted in thy sight.”

FOUR TESTS EVERY CHRISTIAN MUST TAKE

EYE TEST

POPULARITY TEST

VOCABULARY TEST

BLOOD TEST

Blood Test

The blood test is different from the first three. You could fail the first three and still make it to heaven. However, you cannot fail this test and make it to heaven.

With this test, there is no grading on the curb. Grading on the curb means taking the highest score someone has made and base everyone else’s grade on that. If the grade is 50, that becomes the standard. A failed grade is not the standard just as a failing Christian should not be the standard. Jesus is the standard, and everyone should seek to measure up to HIM - the 100%.

In order to get to heaven, you must pass the BLOOD TEST.

At one time in order to get married, a couple had to take a blood test. They had to see if their blood was compatible to mix to have children. Today, when a couple gets married, they no longer have to take a blood test. Society has eliminated the blood test for humans to marry.

The blood test to marry Jesus has not been abolished. No one can marry Jesus without accepting His Blood.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      cocopreme: Thenks for responding to this article about tests. May we both pass all the tests presented to us.

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      Candace Bacon 6 years ago from Far, far away

      Very unique way to put it. Hope to see more people pass the tests.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Dave Mathews: Thanks for reading and responding to this article about the four tests every Christian must take.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      You make a lot of sense with this Hub and the four qualification tests are most appropriate.

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thank you so very much. It is an honor hearing those words from you. I have read several of your articles, and I can tell you are a woman of God. So, let's keep writing and speading God's word.

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      Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

      Your writing is splendid. I like everything you said and the way you said it. I'm hooked! Your unique style is five star, and first class. A pleasure and joy to read. VOTED UP and AWESOME

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks for reading and for commenting.

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      Dian'swords4u 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Very good hub. You said it just as it should be said. We do indeed have to pass the blood test. thanks again for your work.

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      Dr. Wendy 6 years ago from Kentucky

      Very well said.