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Scripture Reading: John 5:24-30
Judge with Righteous Judgment
1. Review Part 1 and the judgments we must not make.
2. We will be judged with the judgment we use to judge others, Matt. 7:1-2.
3. There are other judgments God expects (even commands) us to make. If we refuse to make them, then we sin against God in disobedience.
I. JUDGE RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT (Jno. 7:24).
A. How? Jno. 5:30
1. Right standard: Truth, the word of God (What we hear from God through His Son, Heb. 1:1-2; Rom. 10:17).
2. Right motive: Seek (do) the will of God (Jno. 6:38).
3. Gets to our attitude of heart and how we express God's judgments. (Remember, not harshly, vindictively, etc.) Col. 4:6
B. There are Judgments We Must Make:
1. Judge what is right, Lk. 12:57.
2. Judge what is holy (pearls) and what is defiled (swine), Matt. 7:6.
3. Judge the evidence that Jesus is the Son of God, Matt. 16:1-4.
4. Judge false teachers, Matt. 7:15-20. By their fruits (1 Jno. 4:1, 6).
5. Judge truth from error, 1 Cor. 2:14-15.
6. Judge what is sin (and stop sinning), Jno. 8:10-11; Heb. 5:14.
7. Judge what is sin among saints, and discipline it, 1 Cor. 5:3-5.
8. Judge disputes among brethren, 1 Cor. 6:1-2, 5.
9. Judge what is proper, 1 Cor. 11:13.
C. By Using the Right Standard (God’s word) and the Right Motive (seek/do God’s will) to Judge, We do not Set Ourselves Up as Judges, Jas. 4:11-12.
-1 Ths. 5:21-22: We are applying God’s judgments so that we may “hold fast what is good” and “abstain from every form of evil”; And, to teach others God’s will on things that “pertain to life and godliness” (2 Pet. 1:3).
1. We will all stand before Christ and be judged by Him, Acts 17:31.
2. We must surrender to God’s judgments in our own lives, Rom. 9:20.
3. We must judge righteous judgments in order to expose sin, uphold righteousness and try to save the lost.
4. If you reject the gospel you judge yourself unworthy of eternal life – you judge (condemn) yourself! Acts 13:46
By: Joe R. Price
Posted: December 29, 2014