Judgment continued…

19 11 2012

 

 

 

 

OK, so where were we …. We had shown some text scripture appearing to indicate and contradict each other that judgment is right and that it is wrong…So what is it?

The solution comes from Paul and is surprisingly easy.

1Co 5:11  But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.
1Co 5:12  For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
1Co 5:13  God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

 

It is not what we do but who we do it to! We are not to judge non-believers as they are to be judged by Jesus one day. However…

here is how we are to deal with judgment within the body.

Mat 18:15  “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
Mat 18:16  But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
Mat 18:17  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

Disputes are to go before the body and that is one of the reasons we need to be in fellowship. This is not an option but a commandment. We can leave disputes unresolved as well. Although you are to leave him as a non-believer or as the bible states , “a gentile”.

If the person does not accept the decision he/she loses the right to be treated as a believer. That is the resolution of the paradox. Now note it does not state that you are to hate..argue and fight with the person. In fact, even Jesus, when asked by the rich young man what he must do for everlasting life let him simply walk away when he felt the answer was not what he wanted.

Judging is a function of ruling which descends down from God himself. It is difficult for our modern minds to understand because we must separate judging from ruling. Our courts separate the judiciary from the executive. The bible refers to both simultaneously because that is what God does and wants us to do as well.Modern thinking has a negative attitude towards judging. We resent authority and people who tell us what to do or authority. Authority and law enforcement is seen as unjust! It also assumes the primary function of judging is to punish. Actually that is the secondary function of judging. The primary function is to PROTECT THE RIGHTEOUS. One of the reasons this is not understood is because our laws PROTECT THE CRIMINAL. Humanity has overridden Godly law.

Gen 18:25  Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?”

We cannot treat the righteous as we do the wicked.

Psa 82:2  “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah.
Psa 82:3  Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Psa 82:4  Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
Psa 82:5  They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

Remarkable….where judgment is no longer just the structure of society is unstable . Therefore it is logical to assume…

Stability = just judgment.

It ends by asking God to judge because of the unjust judges.

1Pe 1:17  And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,

He who judges not by opinion but by your own deeds. So God is the ultimate judge who delegates His authority to His son, Jesus Christ.

Joh 5:22  The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,

You see He can be the judge because He too is the ruler of all. In a court of law the judge is called “your Honor” and you are to honor the judge.

Joh 5:23  that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

and here is the second reason we are honor Him for His judgement.

Joh 5:27  And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.

He has authority from the ruler to perform the function of judgment.

We as humans can never say that is unfair because He is God and does not know what we had to deal with. The unfair  people lies about us and pure hate. Well, that is why He came to earth as a mere human so that it could never be said He cannot understand and therefore His judgement will be true.

Heb 4:15  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Jesus himself does not judge us but His word becomes the final judge.

Joh 12:48  The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.

It is His Word which judges us one day!

In the next section we will discuss AUTHORITY TO JUDGE.

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