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The Christian and Judgement

1 Corinthians 10:15 KJV[15] I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.

It’s vital for a to be able to judge and discern spiritual things.

Scriptures lend credence to this.

1 Corinthians 2:15 KJV

[15] But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

Judging here isn’t the same as proving guilty or name calling.

It simply means to “weigh issues and themselves ”

To know.

To understand .

To distinguish .

Some have quoted Jesus albeit wrongly.

Matthew 7:1 KJV

[1] Judge not, that ye be not judged.

Judge not ..,what? Who or how?

Context always bails out any seeming unclear text.

Proceeding verses will help.

Matthew 7:2-6 KJV

[2] For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

[3] And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

[4] Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

[5] Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

[6] Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Judge not hypocritically!

We mustn’t judge with hypocritical motives or manner.

Luke’s account adds another fact to this.

Luke 6:37-38 KJV

[37] Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

[38] Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Verse 38 has suffered some very terrible interpretation in recent times.

It has been used for money.

Jesus used it for judgment .

He says be merciful .

Merciful judgment.

He never forbade judgment .

He only asked not to condemn,

Rebuke,but not convict.

He speaks of judgment .

Matthew 7:15-16,20 KJV

[15] Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. [

16] Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

[20] Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

You won’t know counterfeits without weighing issues.

Things they say.What they teach.

These is their fruit.

We must not judge motives.

Because ,men’s hearts are beyond our reach.

1 Corinthians 4:5 KJV

[5] Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

However,we must discern teachings.

Teachers and what they communicate.

The work of ministers / pastors is to mature saints

Ephesians 4:11-13 KJV

[11] And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; [12] For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

[13] Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

When this happens,the saints can discern

Ephesians 4:14 KJV

[14] That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

No longer vulnerable to any form of teaching.

They leave the level of excitement and uncontrolled worship of and wonders.

They aren’t overwhelmed by a persons fame ,money and thus cant discern

They hold the scriptures dearly.

Just like the men in berea did just before they believed .

Acts 17:11-12 KJV

[11] These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. [12] Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

They search,find out,investigate ,think through the scriptures whether those things are true.

Miracles attest to the gospel.

Follow the believer.

The message.

Mark 16:17-18,20 KJV

[17] And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

[18] They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover

. [20] And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them , and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

But must never replace judgment .

Scriptures remain our only proof of and for things done or said by men.

I mean scriptures rightly divided.2tim2:1

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Just like Jesus did in Luke 24:25-27.

Allowing scriptures interpret itself .

Crowds must be reached but aren’t proofs.

Crowds have been wrong.

In the four gospels (john 6,Luke 23:18)

Book of acts (acts13,14,16,19)

Even crowd of Ministers (Acts11,15)

Miracles must be worked but can’t be the judgment .

Simon the sorcerer was such an example.Acts8:9-111

Same as the girl who had the of divination acts17:16-17.

Believers need to be sound in doctrine .

Not feed on blogs and for discernment ,

Rather…the Word.

If after at least a year in your local church your only testimony are signs and wonders,you are treading on very dangerous and slippery grounds.

You need to be established in Gods Word.

Develop a ministry of prayer,the Word,gifts of the Spirit..

But above ALL…maturity to know your right from your left in spiritual matters .

Right from wrong.

Darkness from light.

Truth from lies.

Truth from nearly truth.

About Kevin Ashwe

Kevin Ashwe is a Husband, Bible college instructor, Senior pastor of World Life Assembly. Join him in Twitter @Kevin_Ashwe and Facebook @wordlifeassembly

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