When we make a profession of faith we might think that we are in the church and we have arrived at the last step in our Christian walk. We hear the Apostle Paul exhort us through the Corinthian church to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. Does Paul mean that when people make a profession that they are not in the faith? Is the Apostle Paul saying that we just randomly loose our faith? How do we live out this faith in Christ?
Joshua gives the exhortation for Israel to choose whom they will serve. The Lord is the one who has assured Israel that He chose them to dwell in the land that was promised to Abraham. So, if the Lord has chosen this people then why must this people choose the Lord? This is a rather strange declaration, and what does this have to do with profession of faith?
Paul exhorts Timothy to fight the good fight. The motivation for this fight is that Timothy will then be able to take hold of eternal life. So, does this mean that Timothy needs to work really hard to get to the goal of heaven or to receive the blessings of heaven? What does Timothy standing in the midst of the witnesses have to do with this this good fight? What implications can we draw from this public testimony as well?