The Bible tells us that our whole life is a test.
God has a purpose with mankind, and he made known his Laws. If we keep them, he will give us eternal life.
If we fail to keep them, we will be rewarded with eternal death. We will all be judged on how we have lived.
Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
The judge has been manifested.
Acts 17:31 Because he (God) hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
John 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation (condemnation).
The Old Testament records the experiences of Israel for our admonition, so that when we are tested we can avoid the same mistakes.
So we read:
Deuteronomy 8:2 And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.
When God gave them manna in the wilderness, it was a test.
Exodus 16:4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.
Adam was given one law in the Garden of Eden to test whether he and Eve would obey God or not. The penalty for disobedience was (and is) eternal death. Adam failed the test – he disobeyed and brought sin and death upon himself and his descendants.
None of Adam’s descendants have been able to keep God’s Law. We all fail the test, all except the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
God who is a merciful God, has provided a way of escape from sin and death.
He fathered a Son Jesus Christ, as a second Adam.
When Jesus was tested, he didn’t fail. Although tested exactly as we are, he kept God’s Law perfectly.
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted (tested) like as we are, yet without sin.
He obeyed God even to the point of enduring an agonising death. He overcame sin in himself and became a perfect sacrifice to redeem others from their sins.
Jesus was the redeemer promised from the beginning. His sacrifice is efficacious for those who put their trust in God before Jesus was born.
Those who live after Jesus’ death and resurrection can be saved from sin and death by obeying the gospel preached by Jesus and his apostles.
The gospel is a test. We have a choice – to obey and be saved, or to disobey and perish.
Those who obey the gospel will be tested by adversity in their lives; as Israel was.
Psalms 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
Proverbs 17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation (testing): for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
1 Peter 1:7 That the trial (testing) of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
May I suggest that you read Your Share in God’s Promises here:
I hope you find this helpful.