lovejudgment

It is common to hear someone say that God is love and doesn’t judge. Usually, this is from people who are enjoying their sin choosing political correctness over the bible. If they are corrected by what is written in the bible about judgment, they often will say that their god, doesn’t judge, or they will contest that the bible doesn’t convey judgment.

Commonly, people will take a scripture out of context, or they will quote only part of the verse to support their position.

Your god may not judge, but the God of the bible, the God of heaven and earth, certainly does.

Jesus didn’t judge anybody

John 12:47-48

If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.

There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.

How about everyone’s favorite story of the woman caught in adultery that the religious leaders wanted to stone to death.

John 8:10-11

Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, Neither do I.

Again, no one who uses this verse to evade having to do something about their sin, finishes the verse. They claim that Jesus is not judging the woman, when in fact he had. He warned her of coming judgment if she didn’t not change.

Go and sin no more.

There is another interesting point about this section of scripture.

 

Jesus Judges the Money Changers

Matthew 21:12-13

Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!

Jesus sure judged the Pharisee’s and when he over turned the tables in the temple

John 5:22

Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son [Jesus],

Jesus Judges Us All

Matthew 25:31-32, 34, 41

when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Acts 17:30-31

he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.

Judging Those Inside The Church

What about those who claim to be Christians but are not acting like it? Are they to be judged by others in the church? Yes they are but not out of anger but out of love so they may repent and be restored. The rebuke also has to be righteous and not out of pride or arrogance.

Luke 17:3

Watch yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him. – Jesus

Luke 6:42

How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. – Jesus

Above Jesus is saying that we cannot judge another believer justly if we are full of sin ourselves, so we must look at ourselves first before making rebuking another.

1 Corinthians 5:1-3

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus on the one who has been doing this.

1 Corinthians 5:11-13

But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler… Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. Expel the wicked person from among you.

Matthew 23 [Jesus Speaking]

  • 13- Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! … You yourselves do not enter [the kingdom of God], nor will you let those enter who are trying to

  • 15- Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.

  • 16- Woe to you, blind guides!

  • 23- Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! 

  • 24- You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

Jesus continues to judge the religious leaders down to verse 36.

Luke 10

  • 10-12- But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’ I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. – Jesus

John 8:42-44

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.

Don’t be deceived, Jesus makes judgments of people all through the New Testament, but not for the purpose of condemning them.

It is important to say at this point that judgment in the bible is often to bring someone back to God, not to destroy them. When they will not listen, and continue to contravene God’s commands, he will bring judgment to open eyes.

In 1 Corinthians 5 above, Paul is talking about giving the man proud of his freedom to sleep with his father’s wife over to Satin. He says to give him over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh. His intention is not for the mans destruction, but to drive him to repentance and restoration. The destruction of his flesh Paul is talking about, is the breaking of the man’s fleshly desires and his return to righteous thinking.

There are many today doing the same thing as the man in Jesus day. That is why the bible is as relevant today as it was 2,000 years ago. Our desires are no different, our sin is no different, and God has not any different.

Many theologians believe that this man Paul is talking about in his second letter below, is the same man from his first letter, who was sleeping with his father’s wife. He is now calling for forgiveness as he has apparently repented and needs to be restored to fellowship with the others.

2 Corinthians 2:5-8

If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you to some extent—not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.

Restoration is the whole purpose of the discipline. Godly discipline is designed to lead us back to God, not destroy us.

2 Corinthians 7:8-10

Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

Love does not negate judgment. God loves his Son Jesus more than we can know, yet he visited judgment upon him for all mankind. How much more will each of us deserve judgment if we reject what he had to put his Son through for our salvation?

Hebrews 10:26-31

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

The God of the bible may not be your god, but he is the God who will judge each of us on the last day. Your god, will be no where to be found.

God tells us who he is and what he expects of us. He has left us his word so we can know his character and his will for our lives. Guessing or believing only the parts of the bible you like is folly. That is why God says his word will never pass away and Jesus said we will be condemned by the words Jesus said [John 12].

There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.

And remember, Jesus is the very word of God himself.

John 1:1, 14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.

Not just parts of it. Explore this blog and you will discover just how reliable the bible is. You will learn that today, there is more confidence that the bible we have today is true to what the first church was teaching in Jesus day.

HOW CAN I BE SAVED?

 

Robert J.

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