God of JudgmentBro. David Chancellor
7/24/2011 6:00 PM
Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?
There were bad things going on. They did not reverence or obey God and the religious leaders condoned it. There are some things God doesn’t like. We live in a time when you could be almost anything and claim to be a Christian. When people claim God blesses anyting and everything it begs the question: Where is the God of judgment?
There is a God of judgment, as well as love and mercy. We want the world to know about God’s love and mercy because that is the age we live in. There is coming a day when God’s judgment will be shown. “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” - Romans 3:26. God sent Jesus so he could be both merciful and just. The price is paid, but we still have to receive the gift.
God is against sin. He will still sit in judgment against it. He does not delight in sinful and wicked people. God does not delight in people who do not walk according to his word. We need to be in the Word of God and know what pleases and what grieves him.
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 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? 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.
“Judge not, that ye be not judged.” This is some people’s favorite verse. Christ was trying to help us with our attitudes toward other people. While we shouldn’t be judgmental, that doesn’t mean there will be no judgment. God will judge righteous judgment. People’s eternal destiny is not based on our opinion, but on God’s judgment. If people refuse to walk in the light of God’s word, they’ll face his judgment. We need people to know that, but not in a judgmental way. Put judgment on yourself first. Picking people apart doesn’t make them worse or you better. Don’t be judgmental, but remember God is a God of judgment. There are things that God does and does not accept. God can help us to know the difference. Be careful and thoughtful in your words. Seek out God’s judgment and know right from wrong.
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 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.
“Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.” Minister = servant. All of us are servants of Christ. “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” All of us need to be faithful to God and what he shows us. “But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.” We’re counting on what God has done in our hearts. “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.” We can let everything lay until Christ comes back. When Christ comes, he’ll expose what is covered up. There are things we don’t know that may keep our judgment from being right. God is still a God of judgment. We’ll face anything that we’ve hidden away. If we bring it before God now, it won’t come up then. If it stays hidden, it will be revealed at the judgment. How you thought, felt, and your attitude will all be brought out. The whole case will be before him. He knows everything about you. If you’ve done well and been forgiven, you will hear “Well done.” If not, God will apply judgment.
We can know there are things God doesn’t like. God speaks to people’s hearts and helps them k now he doesn’t approve. People need to prepare for what is coming. They need to realize God is a God of judgment.
Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
This was Jesus speaking to the people. He was helping them see he came to represent God. Right now, God came to save. Jesus came to show us God’s love and mercy. God’s word will judge us in the last day. He draws us because he wants us to be saved. You can’t reject God with impunity. There is a God of judgment. He wants people to be saved, but you can’t reject his love with impunity.
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
Jesus was the Son of God. He did what God showed him to do. He did what God wanted. God would still have his children obey him. We are to honor Jesus as we honor the Father. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” We don’t have to live a life of condemnation; we can live a life of peace with God. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.” Spiritual life comes through Jesus. “And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.” You will be judged by someone who understands the human experience. Jesus is well qualified to judge humanity. He knows what is human limitation and what is excusing sin. Jesus proved it is possible to live the human life with the Spirit of God and be holy. Our excuses won’t cut it. God has offered love and mercy, but the judgment day is coming. Not everyone is going to heaven. “And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” We will be judged by whether or not we did the will of the Father.
For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
All of us are tied to other people and seen by God. There is no way you can leave God out of the picture. We are still accountable to God. “But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” Our opinion of others does not determine their standing with God. It is better to confess now and get it dealt with than it will be to face it on judgment day. God knows people’s hearts. He knows every detail. Why not get things right with God and walk with him?