I have been thinking about the word trial lately. What is a trial? What does it stand for? what is the test? Is there even a difference between a test and a trial?
During a court trial, the judgment is guilty or innocent. So at first, I was wondering how this is the same as our “trials.” Or is it more of a testing?
But reading more, it is both, a test and trial, if you will, of faith. Will your faith hold? Is it binding to the new covenant? Is it in Christ, genuinely, sincerely? Is it showing forth the finished work of Christ on the Cross? Does it PROVE He has worked in you, therefore you are working out what He has already accomplished? This is true faith.
Further on, how are we judged? In the sermon the other day, Randy spoke about believing works and unbelieving works. What’s the difference? How do you know which ones you have?
What does it profit, my brethren, though a man say he has faith, and have not works? can faith save him? Ja. 2:14
Yea, a man may say, You have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without works, and I will show you my faith by my works. Ja. 2:18
Therefore let your lives prove your change of heart. Mat_3:8 (Weymouth)
If Christ has genuinely saved us from all evil works, our own works will prove it. So thinking of a court trial, the person on stand is proving to the jury whether their deeds are evil or righteous.
Psa 7:8 The Lord shall judge the nations: judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to my innocence that is in me.