“Judge Not. What?”

Posted: August 10, 2011 in 1 Corinthians, Abolish Judges?, Christian Life, Death, Salvation

  One of the most quoted verses in the Bible used to be John 3:16.  It says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” 

  Today.  It seems to have been replaced by Matthew 7:1 where Jesus is quoted as saying, “Judge not, that you be not judged.”  I exercise in a gym that is supposed to be “Judgment free.”  It’s funny because it has a plaque on the wall that says the management has the right to judge the attire and behavior of those who use the facilities.  It should have that right.

  Confusing.  When Jesus talked about judging others what did He mean?  Did He prohibit any and all judging?  If so, it would contradict His own words in John 7:24.  He said, “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”  The Apostle Paul told the Christians in Corinth to judge the sinful behavior of a man living incestuously with his mother (1 Corinthians 5:1-13).  He also chided them for taking their disputes between church members before a heathen court.  He told them to deal with the matter “in house.”  Those who will judge angels in the future should be able to settle disputes between fellow Christians (1 Corinthians 6:1-6).  Paul also told them to judge his words and those who spoke in tongues (1 Corinthians 10:15; 14:29).

  Clarification.  Jesus was taking about hypocritical judgment in Matthew 7:1-5.  Before trying to help another person and perhaps prevent him for committing a sin that could lead to a premature physical death (1 John 5:16; James 5:19, 20), a believer should make sure that his own life is free from known sins by having confessed and forsaken his own sins (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13).  Then he is in a position to help another person.

  True Love.  When you truly love another person and see him going in the wrong direction, you will speak the truth to him in love (Ephesians 4:15).  God’s Word (the 66 books that make up the Bible) is absolute truth (John 17:17).  It tells us the truth about God, ourselves, our origin, and our final destiny.  It accurately tells us the lies that others utter. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).  Those who oppose God’s Word and Jesus Christ do so to their own hurt and destruction (John 3:16, 18, 36).

  Motives.  While actions and words can and should be evaluated (judged), it is not proper for us to judge another person’s motives (1 Corinthians 4:5).  God alone knows not only what we do and say, but also what we think and the motives behind our actions.  He is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24, 25).  Jesus Christ is the “Righteous Judge” (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8) before whom all of us will stand someday to have our works evaluated to determine our degree of pleasure in heaven (1 Corinthians 3:12-15) or our degree of suffering in hell (Revelation 20:11-15).  These two judgments take place at different times.

  Hate Crimes.  Tying to determine why someone did what he did is treading on dangerous ground.  Even the Apostle Paul wasn’t always sure about his own motivations for doing what he did (1 Corinthians 4:4).  Too many criminals have been “let off the hook” by blaming others or making excuses for their behavior.  Some day righteousness will settle down and feel at home in the new heavens and on the new earth (2 Peter 3:13).  Will you reside in that wonderful place?

  Assurance.  God’s Word tells us that those who place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior can know that they have eternal life (1 John 5:13).  He is the One who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).  We are not saved by our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

  Dunked?  Water baptism by immersion is the proper means by which God wants Christians to let others know that they have placed their faith in Christ for their salvation (Matthew 28:19, 29).  It pictures our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (Galatians 2:20).  It enables us to have a good conscience toward God (1Peter 3:21). 

  Sprinkled?  Well meaning parents may have their baby sprinkled but they may also be giving that child a false sense of security by doing this.  We enter God’s family by our own faith in Christ, not by the faith of our parents.

  Help?  If you are not sure of your eternal destiny or are confused by some of the things written above, we invite you to call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site: http://www.kelseypeach.com.  We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages and many other helpful articles on a variety of subjects.

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