Edward Hancock II
The Imperfect Blog
|Posted by EHancock2 on October 16, 2012 at 2:35 PM|
We've all heard it. That harpy-like cry of the pseudo-Christian who has managed to learn a few bulleted bible verses while strategically avoiding any real connection to the ACTUAL church of God.
"The Bible says not to judge me!"
Actually, no. The bible says by which judgement you apply to others, YOU will also be judged. Therefore, if I "judge" somebody as evil for having a difficult time with Road Rage, God will judge me for the difficulty I, myself, possess. If I judge somebody as being a disgusting person because they view or have viewed pornography, I will be judged by the fact I have had an issue with it myself in the past. The Bible is clear that not only are we ALLOWED to Judge, we are ACTUALLY encouraged to do so. However, no one can argue against the final judgement resting, in fact, with The Father in Heaven, through our Mediator, which is Christ.
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:1-4
“Son of man, will you judge her? Will you judge this city of bloodshed? Then confront her with all her detestable practices3and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O city that brings on herself doom by shedding blood in her midst and defiles herself by making idols,4you have become guilty because of the blood you have shed and have become defiled by the idols you have made. You have brought your days to a close, and the end of your years has come. Therefore I will make you an object of scorn to the nations and a laughingstock to all the countries.5Those who are near and those who are far away will mock you, O infamous city, full of turmoil.
“I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness. 47“If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48“He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. 49“For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. 50“I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.”
Now, let me stop right there. In Jesus' own words, he says he did not come to Judge, right? So how, then, can I write a blog on the premise that Jesus is our Judge? Quite simple, really. We established in the previous blogs that Jesus and God are one and the same. God did not SEND Jesus into the world to Judge it, but to SAVE It. He sent Jesus to FREE people FROM the Final Judgement that awaits us all. That is his big PURPOSE. But, this blog is not talking about purpose, but about His Power and Authority. Is there anyone that has greater power than The Father? No. And from whom did Jesus receive power? The Father. And He was, by his own admission, an ambassador of Heaven and of the Leader, Ruler and Master thereof.
In the previous blog, we saw that Jesus had authority over demonic spirits. He judged them as unclean and commanded them out! Too, he had authority over blindness, deafness, mute speech and lame legs. Ultimately, Jesus was shown to have complete and total authority over the bonds of death itself. Not only did He RAISE LAZARUS from the dead, but Jesus Himself ROSE from the dead. Jesus' authority was well-established, so the statement Jesus was making can best be summed up as saying He didn't come to Judge, but the wicked world put Him in that position of judging and so he did. He judged them as sick and evil. And died for them, so as to cleanse sin from Among them.
So the Pharisees said to Him, “You are testifying about Yourself; Your testimony is not true.” 14Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15“You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone. 16“But even if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone in it, but I and the Father who sent Me. 17“Even in your law it has been written that the testimony of two men is true. 18“I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me.” 19So they were saying to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father; if you knew Me, you would know My Father also.”
Then He said again to them, “I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come.” 22So the Jews were saying, “Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come’?” 23And He was saying to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. 24“Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” “I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world.”
John 8:21-24; 26
“Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death.”
Truly, the entire 8th chapter of John speaks to Jesus as the Judge of the world. Chapter 9 reinforces it by going into his healing nature.
But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.
1 Corinthians 5:11-13
In this, we 1) debunk the idea that we have no authority to judge our fellow brethren in Christ. 2) Determine that God himself judges those outside the church. If they claim to belong to the church, God (through the authority willed to us by Jesus before His death) has given us permission and authority to rebuke a brother/sister in Christ for falling away from The proper way of Life. However, it should not be assumed we have ultimate authority. Only God Himself can judge those who will not accept Him. And they have the opportunity to accept Jesus or not, Jesus' life judges their flesh. God's authority will judge them in the next life...or will He?
"For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.
Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth--those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.
I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me."
John 5: 20-30
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:10
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world.
"For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done."
"Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God."
1 Corinthians 4:5
So, should we be afraid of Jesus' Judgment? I suppose that's debateable. However, I would leave you with these thoughts:
"And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze. I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first… And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you as your works deserve.’"
Revelation 2:18-19, 23
"‘Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done… He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen."
Revelation 22:12, 20-21
Christ doesn’t say that the people are to honor him in the same way they wouldhonor a prophet, messenger, rabbi, parents etc. Rather, Jesus emphatically states thateveryone must give him the same honor that they give to God! Jesus is basically demandingto be worshiped as God since this is the kind of honor that the Father receives. Anyonewho fails to worship Christ will be judged and condemned by him.
The New Testament authors do something which would be quite shocking to their fellow Jews. Insteadof referring to the judgment day as the Day of Yahweh the inspired authors of the New Testament actually call it the Day of the Lord Jesus or the Day of Christ!
"just as you did partially acknowledge us, that on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you."
2 Corinthians 1:14
"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ… so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,"
Philippians 1:6, 10
"holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain."
The only way for monotheistic Jews (as the New Testament writers were, with the exception of Luke who was a Gentile) could ever think of identifying the judgment day as the Day of the Lord Jesus is if they had been convinced that Jesus is Yahweh God. Otherwise, they would beguilty of assigning to a creature the very Day which the Old Testament says belongs to Yahweh God Almighty.
So, if Jesus is God Almighty and the Day of Judgment is the Day of Christ, (and it IS) what, then, can we say about Jesus? We can say, unequivically, that Jesus is Judge over all. Appointed by God, The Father, to sit in the Judgment Seat.
When I was growing up, this kind of teaching was commonplace in the church. In fact, I dare say I soft-stepped many of the issues some preachers of that time would have beat into those of us occupying the pews of my childhood.
The church has, in my opinion, gotten very soft on the idea of God/Jesus as a Judge. I don't understand this, honestly. As parents, we judge our children every day. Any parent worth his salt will tell you we judge our children a hundred times a day on average. We judge them as worthy of praise and, when needed, punishment. God is our Father. Why would his flesh and blood embodiment on earth NOT be able to act in good faith and correct the children of Heaven's Master?
Grace is awesome, and I am more grateful for the existence of it than I can express. But, honestly, there is more to God than that and we need to get back to teaching the fullness of God. We need to teach the entire nature of our Lord, not just the watered down, wonderful Santa-esque jolly grandpa type waiting with a hug and a quarter for his favorite grandbaby.
God is, first and foremost, a parent. Your parent and mine. So, when we sin, we invite the inevitable spanking, just as the Jews did some 2,000 years ago when God tore the veil as he ran to the Son whose suffering he was forced to watch in order that we might be spared the punishment which we are each due.
Everybody behave. Daddy's watching!
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