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Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:1-6

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"You Are Not The Judge!"

(Part 1)

 

Intro.

1.  ďYouíre not the judge!Ē is used to evade the force of Godís word (Matt. 7:1 is misused to console many in sin and error).

2.  Certainly is truth to that. Yet, may we know Godís judgments?

3.  Judgment implies a standard, rule, or law that judges us.

4.  We are discussing judgment that is the final word, the decision and outcome on a given person. (The decision of Godís law that is fairly, equally, judicially applied.)

 

I.  YOU AND I ARE NOT EACH OTHERS' JUDGES.

  A.  I Am Not All-Knowing (crucial things escape my notice).

      -You are not all-knowing (crucial things escape your notice).

  B.  My Judgment May Be Unrighteous (by appearance, John 7:24; impulsive, Prov. 18:13).

      -Your judgment may be unrighteous (by appearance, impulsive).

  C.  I Cannot See Your Heart (can see its fruit), Matt. 7:20.

       [Therefore, I am not qualified to judge the secrets (motives, intentions) of others, 1 Cor. 4:5.]

      -You cannot see othersí hearts (you can see its fruit), Matt. 7:20.

       [Therefore, you are not qualified to judge the secrets (motives, intentions) of others, 1 Cor. 4:3-5.]

  D.  My Judgments May Be Inconsistent, Hypocritical, and Partial (condemning some while excusing others, incl. myself), Matt. 7:1-5; Rom. 1:32-2:1; James 2:1-4 (9).

      -Your judgments may be inconsistent, hypocritical, and partial (condemning some while excusing others, incl. yourself), Matt. 7:1-5; Rom. 1:32-2:1; James 2:1-4 (9).

 

II.  GOD IS OUR JUDGE.

  A.  God is All-Knowing (nothing escapes His notice), Ps. 139:1-12.

  B.  Godís Judgments Are Always True, Righteous, and Never Impulsive, Rom. 2:2, 4-5 (Ps. 19:9).

  C.  God Sees and Knows Our Hearts (judges motives), 1 Sam. 16:7; Heb. 4:13; 1 Cor. 4:5 (Rom. 2:16).

  D.  Godís Judgments are Consistent, Just, and Impartial, Rom. 2:2, 6, 11 (according to truth, upright).

 

III.  GODíS WORD IS THE STANDARD THAT JUDGES US.

  A.  The Word of Christ is True and Will Judge Us in the Last Day, John 12:48 (Rom. 2:16). Sinner and saint, Rev. 20:12.

    1.  Jesus spoke the word of God, John 12:49 (5:30).

    2.  His words contain eternal life, John 12:50.

  B.  His Word Announces His Judgments in Truth, John 8:31-32.

    1.  Therefore, Godís word judges (announces Godís will).

    2.  When we teach truth we are announcing Godís judgments.

    3.  When we obey truth, Godís righteous judgment (His word) says we please Him, John 5:30; 2 Cor. 5:9-10.

       -Converse is also true.

 

Conclusion

1.  Jesus said we ought to judge what is right (Luke 12:57; John 7:24).

2.  We can do so when we use the right standard (Christís word) and the right motive (to please God, John 5:30).

3.  When we do, we will know what Godís judgment is of us (2 Cor. 13:5).

4.  Part 2: Use Godís word to judge what is right.

 

 

By: Joe R. Price

Posted September 1, 2021