10 Tests Described in the Bible

Updated on August 31, 2019
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


There are at least ten different tests described in the Bible. They are not named, but when you read certain passages, you can clearly see that they are actually tests that any Christian should be able to pass.

The Taste Test

Our lives must be like flavored food for our Christian witness to pass the taste test. During Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, He taught His disciples and the crowd that they should be salt of the earth.

Jesus said to them, "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men" (Matthew 5:13).

Christians should have some flavor so they will not be bland like food without salt. Jesus said if there is no salt in the lives of Christians they are good for nothing. Salt should enhance the life of a Christian just as salt enhances the flavor of food. A Christian passes the taste test when he does the following four things:

  1. Preserve the gospel of Jesus Christ like salt
  2. Live pure lives just as salt purifies
  3. Season the lives of others with love like salt seasons food with flavor
  4. Make people thirsty for the living water of Jesus like salt makes people thirsty

Are you passing the taste test by being a salty Christian?

The Touch Test

According to all of the synoptic gospels, Matthew 9:20-21, Mark 5:25-34, and Luke 8:43-48, a woman had been suffering from an issue of blood for twelve years. She had spent all her money on doctors who didn't help her condition. One day when Jesus was passing through, the woman was convinced herself: "If I must touch the hem of His garment, I shall be made whole."

The exact moment the woman touched the hem of His garment, her bleeding stopped and Jesus asked, "Who touched me?" Then He said, "Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me."

Jesus' garment did not heal the woman but it was the point of contact. Jesus said, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."

Can you pass the touch test by knowing you will be healed by simply touching the hem of Jesus' garment?


The Eye Test

Everybody should have their eyes checked at least once a year. Those with eye problems should have them checked more often. Since the eyes are windows to the soul, believers should have spiritual vision even if their natural vision is failing.

Saul was blinded after his conversion experience on that Damasus Road. His sight needed to be purged so he could see through the eyes of Jesus. Saul regained his sight and passed the eye test after three days.

In the Bible, Jesus healed a lot of blind people including blind Bartimaeus. He healed another blind man with his spit, and he healed the blind lepers.

Jesus called the Pharisees blind guides because they could see things in the natural, but they were spiritually blind. Have you passed the eye test?


The Shadow Test

After Jesus was crucified and ascended back to His Father, He left His disciples in charge to do greater works. The Book of Acts records the mighty acts that Peter and the other disciples performed because they had the power to do so.

One example is that Peter had so much power that the people in Jerusalem had confidence in him because they had seen how his lifestyle touched thousands of people and so did his shadow. According to Acts 5:15, "People brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by."

Sometimes we influence others by the shadows we cast even when we are not aware of it. Is your shadow influencing or helping people in any way? In other words, is your lifestyle passing the shadow test?

The Fruit Test

Bearing fruit for a Christian is not optional. It is a requirement. They should take a lesson from the fig tree in Matthew 21:18-19. During Jesus' last week on earth, He was on his way back to Jerusalem from Bethany. He saw a fig tree by the side of the road. He was hungry, but when he went up to it, He found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered."

People often wondered why Jesus cursed the fig tree since it was not the time of year to bear fruit. The answer is simple. The tree was bearing leaves but no fruit. In other words, the tree was misleading like some Christians are. They pretend they are bearing fruit, but close examination shows that they have no fruit at all.

Bearing fruit is a necessity for Christians. It is a sure example that they are growing and developing. A person who does not bear fruit can never witness and serve in the Kingdom of God effectively. Fruit-bearing is necessary for maximum effectiveness and proof of stewardship.

Here is something to consider from the passage about Jesus cursing the fig tree that wasn't bearing fruit. He cursed the tree and took away all its privileges from that day forward.

Are you passing the fruit test? We are not talking about figs. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control," according to Galatians 5:22-23.

The Fiery Fire Test

Daniel 3 records the story of three Hebrew boys who were thrown into a fiery furnace. King Nebuchadnezzar set up a golden image and commanded everyone to bow down before it. Those who didn't bow down would be thrown into a blazing furnace. Officials informed the king that the three Hebrew boys who were given the names Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship the golden statue.

Therefore, the Babylonian king commanded that the fiery furnace be heated seven times hotter than usual and the boys were thrown into it. The king couldn't understand how three had been thrown in, but four men were walking around unharmed. The king said the fourth one looked "like a son of God."

The Hebrew boys passed the fiery fire test. Can you pass it when you are thrown into the fiery furnace?


The Vocabulary Test

Jesus consulted His Father throughout His earthly life. He only spoke what His Father told Him to speak. Jesus passed the vocabulary test by teaching and preaching to His followers in a way they could understand. He used simple language with spiritual lessons that were easy for the crowd to comprehend.

The psalmist declared thousands of years before Jesus was born, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight” (Psalm 19:14).

Based on the above, do you pass the vocabulary test?

The Popularity Test

The crowds always followed Jesus because He was popular. People followed Him to learn from Him and for Him to heal, deliver and make them whole.

The crowds were with Jesus and saw when he healed blind Bartimaeus and when He healed the woman with the issue of blood. They were with Jesus when He healed Jairus’ daughter. They were even with Him when He was crucified on the cross. Jesus passed the popularity test as evidenced by the crowds who followed Him.

Christians can tell if they are passing the popularity test by looking behind them. If no one is following them, they might not be as popular as they think they are.

The Forgiveness Test

The forgiveness test is probably the hardest test of all, and a lot of people confess they cannot pass it. Most Christian find it hard to obey what is recorded in Matthew 6:14-5, "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."

When you forgive others, you will have passed the forgiveness test and God will forgive you.

The Blood Test

A blood test is no longer required for a couple to get married, but it once was a necessity. By law, two people had to take a blood test to see if their blood was compatible to mix for them to have healthy children.

That law was abolished a long time ago. Couples are not required to take a blood test to get married. However, a blood test is still necessary to marry Jesus. That has not been abolished and it will never be abolished. No one can marry Jesus without accepting His blood that was shed for them on the cross.

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Elijah A Alexander Jr, thank you so much for reading my article and sharing your thoughts.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      6 months ago from Washington, DC USA

      Sister Margaret, My finding is the "Fruit Test" and "Fiery Fire Test" are messages for our times, the time civilization comes to an end.

      I will began with the "Fiery Fire Test" that's a third of the message of the final days revealed in Daniel 2, 3 & 4. If you notice in chapter 2 Nebuchadnezzar questioned the future of existence and was reveal in the dream that followed that he was giving birth to the end of the world that the end ruling nation would be inhabited my man of the four primary Ethnics of Africans, American Natives, Asians and European (Rev. 17:15) who would not unite as iron doesn't unite with clay. He saw the "rock" (Messiah) cut out (taught by God) to destroyed that nation first before the rest of the nations are destroyed. Because the head nation was named Bob nylon the feet's spiritual name is Mystery Babylon.

      Chapter 3 reveals Mystery Babylon will be destroyed by fire (Rev. 18) in the safe-haven, Armageddon (Rev. 16:15-16) will protect the 5 (% of earth's population) wise virgins and Messiah from the "Battle of that Great Day of God Almighty" (Rev. 15:13-14) that spills a red sea of human blood as the red sea of the mixed people with Israel as they crossed the sea and wilderness (7 millenniums) before Revelation 21 new earth.

      Chapter 4 reveals that last nation will be the first in space travel, have (military) branches around the world, birds and animals in Zoos, but the remnant of her being cut down will b e under the protection of the messiah or band of iron and his Help Meet as the band of brass. It also reveals there will be 7 millenniums of environmental living before the next world as what happened to Nebuchadnezzar reveals.

      As for the Fig Tree, it laid the foundation for the parable of the fig tree or Jerusalem's burning history indicates happened about 40 years after Jesus' ascension (its death) and restoration was May 1948. 1948 is implied in Isaiah 11:1-12. Verse 1 reveals a Rod (Jesus) from Jesse's stem (known Genealogy, Gospels revealed) and Branch from his roots (Genealogy to be unearthed) who is born (Rev. 5:5 & 12) just before Israel regain Jerusalem. The Parable indicates a generation, 80 years (Psalm 90:10), form the tree's budding will not pass before all things things of this world are completed, you do the math.

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      Jason Reid Capp 

      7 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      There are a lot of salty Christians these days that wouldn't past the salt test. haha. Sorry. Bad joke.

      But once again, fantastic write-up, Margaret! I really enjoyed your different thoughts behind each test. For me, the Shadow Test and the Popularity Test were highlights, and the examples you used were awesome.

      Thank you always for your insight! Looking forward to more.


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