JUDGE NOT LEST YOU BE JUDGED

JUDGE NOT LEST YOU BE JUDGED!


What did Jesus mean when he said for us to not judge so that were will not be judged?


Matthew 7:1.


“Judge not, that you be not judged.”


We get some more insight when we compare scripture with scripture so let us read how the gospel of Luke has recorded these words of Jesus.


Luke 6:37


“Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven:”


Here in Luke Jesus gives us some more insight on what he means by judging others. Now I purposely did not quote the CONTEXT of either of these two verses because I want my readers to see how I study the Bible.

When reading the Bible we all come across verses where a question comes to our mind. That question may be something like, “What does this verse mean?” Or we may see something in a verse that causes us to wake up so to speak and see that the Bible itself is saying something different that what we were taught in church. Whatever the reason we desire to know that true meaning of that verse is according to the whole word of Almighty God.

So the way that I do this is I ask God first what the verse means. Sometimes he brings another verse that I have read to my remembrance and at other times there is just silence so I keep reading the CONTEXT first. The immediate context which is usually just a few verses before and after the verse in question but the context can span for several chapters at times. Then I compare the verses have things in common with the verse in question. If no verse come to your mind then do a wordsearch on a keyword or keywords in the verse in question.

With these things in mind let us continue this study in God’s word by reading the context of the two verses that I quoted above in Matthew 7:1 and in Luke 6:37.


Please read Matthew 7:1


“Judge not, that you be not judged.

2.  FOR (Or BECAUSE) with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again. (Here we see the reason WHY we are not to JUDGE. But judge WHAT? Is Jesus talking about judging ourselves here? Is Jesus talking about judging a MATTER such as what we should do? Is Jesus talking about judging OTHERS? We need to keep reading the context to find out what more Jesus is saying.)

3.  And why behold you the MOTE (a tiny twig) that is in your brother's eye, but consider not the BEAM that is in your own eye? (In this verse we see that Jesus is speaking about not judging our brothers and sister who are IN our Lord Jesus Christ. But is Jesus saying that we should not judge our brothers and sisters in the Lord for any reason whatsoever? Or is Jesus warning us to be very cautious when we judge our brothers and sisters in the Lord lest we be judged by God with the same measure that we judge others?)

4.  Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye? (Here in bothe verse 3,and verse 4 we see Jesus warning us about judging our brother in the Lord when we ourselves have something great that has need to be pulled out of us)

5.  You hypocrite, FIRST cast out the beam out of your own eye; AND THEN shall you see clearly (HOW) to cast out the mote out of your brother's eye.”


So then, for the immediate context we can see that Jesu is not saying that we should never judge anyone but rather we must be very careful how we judge and WHEN we judge. We should not judge our brothers and sisters in the Lord until we have seen clearly HOW to remove what we are judging from their life by already having removed things in our life that could be consider to be far worse than what we are judging in someone else. Otherwise we will be HYPOCRITES.

The world and even brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ can be turned away for God because of hypocrites who go around trying to “clean up” so to speak everyone else when everyone can clearly see some of the same things and even worse things in their life.

So the first thing that I myself am seeing in this passage of scripture in Matthew is to make sure we have removed sin from our own life before we try to help other remove sin out of their life. This does not mean that we must wait until every last sin has been removed from our life but rather that we should not POINT OUT sin in other until we know HOW to help them remove their sin.

What I mean by this is they we all have heard sermons preached to us where you need to quit sinning, you need to get sin out of your life, and so forth and so on and then we hear or see those preaching these sermons having sin in their life. So our first thought is who are you to preach to us about getting sin out of our life you HYPOCRITE?

Are we not JUDGING when we do this? Yes! We are indeed judging those pastors. We are judging BEFORE the time. We will get to what judging before the time means further on in this study in God’s word but for now we need to learn some more about what judging MEANS. So let us now read the context in Luke 6:37 to see what else Jesus says about judging.


Please read Luke 6:35-46.


“But love you your enemies (In this context I am seeing that our enemies are the ones who have wronged us in some way. Particularly those who should know better speaking of our brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ who have offended us in some way. So the solution to heal this wound is to LOVE them), and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the children of the Highest: FOR he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. (Being evil does not have to always mean being vile and wicked. Being evil also mean to disobey the teachings of Jesus. Being evil is NOT doing unto others what you would desire them to do unto you. Doing evil is to return evil with evil and do unto them WHAT they did unto you.)

36.  Be you THEREFORE merciful, AS your Father also is merciful. (When you see the words therefore and wherefore then find out why these word are there FOR. One of this things that I am seein in these verses in that Jesus desire to be Holy EVEN AS our Father in heaven is Holy. But will not God JUDGE us? Jesus is not talking about NOT judging but more so on HOW we are supposed to judge and WHO we are supposed to judge, and WHEN we are supposed to judge.)

37.  Judge not, and you shall not be judged: CONDEMN not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven: (In this passage of scripture we are now seeing the TYPE of judging that Jesus is teaching us with which we are NOT to judge our brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are not to CONDEMN them but rather we are to FORGIVE them)

38.  Give (Give WHAT? Well, what does the context say? What did Jesus just finish saying? Jesus said that we are to be AS our heavenly Father and give MERCY. We are to give FORGIVENESS.), and it (mercy, forgiveness and LOVE.) 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 you mete withal it shall be measured to you again.  (And when we love we will judge BUT we will judge by our lives being an EXAMPLE to LEAD others out of sin.)

39.  And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? (How can we lead sinners out of sin if we are living in sin ourselves?)

40.  The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is PERFECT shall be AS his master. (Jesus did not come to CONDEMN the world but to SAVE the world. If Jesus was a sinner how could he be our EXAMPLE to FOLLOW. Are you staring to see what Jesus means by judging. Jesus has every right to judge WITH CONDEMNING but he has chosen to judge WITH MERCY and FORGIVENESS so that he can LEAD us OUT of sin by EXAMPLE.)

41.  And why behold you the mote that is in your brother's eye, but perceive not the beam that is in your own eye? (Judgement must BEGIN at the house of God. See 1 Peter 4:14-19.)

42.  Either how can you say to your brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in your eye, WHEN you yourself behold not the beam that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, (Do you think that you shall escape judgment?) cast out FIRST the beam out of your OWN eye, and THEN shall you SEE CLEARLY to pull out the mote that is in your brother's eye. (In other words, let God show you how to get sin out of your life FIRST and THEN you shall see clearly how to help other remove sin from their lives. Even those in the world know that sinning is WRONG but not many Christians have learned HOW to remove sin from their own life to see clearly how to help others remove sin from their life. So Jesus is not saying not to judge but rather that we must judge ourselves FIRST before we can help remove sin from others. NOT condemn ourselves but rather to see our sins and OVERCOME our sins)

43.  For a good tree brings NOT forth corrupt fruit; (Or a true born-again Christians does NOT SIN) neither does a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. (Or neither does a sinner walk in righteousness.)

44.  For every tree is known BY his OWN fruit. (In other words, you sinners do not prejudge ALL Christians as HYPOCRITES by the lives of some Christians. And you Christians do not judge sinners BEFORE the time to write them off as being condemned having no hope of them every coming to saving faith by the lives of other sinners. Now one knows the HEART of another person. We can only know them BY their DEEDS.) For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

45.  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (There is much we can learn from this verse which I cover in the study “THE POWER OF OUR WORDS!” but for now let me just say that just because God gives us a NEW and pure heart when we are born-again does not mean that we cannot deposit evil treasures in our heart. And just because a sinner has an evil heart does not mean that he or she has not been doing their best to deposit good treasure in their heart.)

46.  And why call you me, Lord, Lord, and do NOT the things which I say?”


Now from what we just read it seems pretty clear to me that Jesus is not teaching us to not judge others but rather we are to

But then we read in Romans 14:13 where it seems that Paul is teaching us to not judge our brothers and sister in the Lord any longer.


Let us NOT therefore JUDGE one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.”


When we read this verse out of is context and only focus upon the word that I have emphasised Let us NOT therefore JUDGE…” then it easy to read right over words like THEREFORE and ANYMORE which teach us a lot of things. As I said earlier whenever you see the words “therefore” and “wherefore” then find out what they are there FOR.

So then what is the REASON why Paul is telling these Christians in the church at Corinth to NOT JUDGE? When we read the context we can see that there MAY have been judging on both sides and that even Paul himself was being judged. This particular context spans several chapters which we will not get into in this particular study in God’s word. The focus of this study is to learn the sound Biblical meaning of judging and whether or not we should judge one another.


Please notice that Paul says,


Let us not THEREFORE judge one another ANYMORE BUT JUDGE THIS RATHER...”


Paul is dealing with a present issue at that time between Christians judging other Christians for not keeping the Sabbath days and for not keeping the dietary laws written in the Old Testament.  Paul taught them what Jesus taught him to teach in the New Testament under the new covenant and then said THEREFORE let us not judge one another ANYMORE because there is basis in the New Testament to be judging one another on this matter of keeping a day above other days and what we can or cannot eat under the new covenant.

Then Pauls says,


“...BUT JUDGE THIS RATHER...”


Judge WHAT rather? Let us now read some more context to see what we are to judge.


Please read Romans 14:13-


“Let us not therefore judge one another anymore: but judge THIS RATHER, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.

14.  I know, and am persuaded BY the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteems anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

15.  But if your brother be grieved with your meat, now walk you not charitably. (What Paul is saying here is that if food, the eating of meat or the not eating of meat is the point of contention of judging then according to the commandment to LOVE one another THEN) Destroy not him with your meat, for whom Christ died. (It does not matter which side you are on do not cause strife and division over your own opinion concerning FOOD, Jesus died for you BOTH and not for us only but for the whole word.)

16.  Let not then your good be evil spoken of: (Paul is saying here that since Jesus died for both sides to make you righteous and good then let there be no more CULUMNY or character assassinations between you.)

17.  FOR (Or BECAUSE) the kingdom of God is NOT meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

18.  FOR (Or BECAUSE) he that in these things (speaking of the two things being taught in this chapter of Romans 14 concerning keeping OR NOT keeping a dat above other days and not eating OR EATING pork) serves Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. (Or the new creature created in Jesus Christ is acceptable to God and these things concerning the law of Moses have been TRIED and approved by the Apostles who have conclude to not place the yoke of the law of Moses upon the Gentiles. THEREFORE stop the slandering and causing division and walk in LOVE)

19.  Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. (And follow things that will bring us all together to be of one mind speaking the same things.)

20.  For meat destroy NOT the work of God. (Or it is not what we eat or do not eat that destroys Christians. So do not keep trying to destroy God’s work of his new creation by CONDEMNING those who eat all manner of meat) All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eats with offence. (Or who eats toward STUMBLING)

21.  It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby your brother stumbles, or is offended, or is made weak. (So now after Paul’s rebuke to the Judaizing Christians he turns his attention to those Christians who eat BOASTFULLY before their  brothers and sisters in the Lord)

22.  Have you faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he that condemns not himself in that thing which he allows. (In other words, walk in LOVE and do not make it your job to try and straighten out those who do not have the same level of faith that you have received from God through his word.)

23.  And he that doubts is damned if he eat, because he eats NOT of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”


So Paul ends by saying to those Christians who do not allow the CONDEMNATION others enter into them to not push their faith upon those Christians who judge and condemn them for not keeping the weekly Sabbath and the law of Moses.

And then Paul turns back again to the Judaizing Christians in verse 23 to warn them to NOT eat pork or stop keeping the weekly Sabbath day UNTIL their own faith is STRONG and their own CONSCIENCE no longer condemns them.

Please allow me the liberty to give to you an example of how false doctrine can and does bring CONDEMNATION upon people that is NOT the condemnation from Almighty God. Here is a hypothetical false teaching that is too far out there to believe so you can see my point.

Suppose a teaching were to arise that it would be a sin to wear any clothing that is the color orange and some people SINCERELY believe that teaching.

To THEM it would be a sin. They would be convicted in their own mind that it is sin. And if they did wear something orange having DOUBT then they would be condemned in their OWN minds of sinning.

But to those who do NOT believe that teaching then wearing something that is orange in color would not be a sin. We would not be condemned in our minds because there is no BASIS by which we form our faith to know that wearing in the color orange is a sin.

So the question becomes is wearing something orange a sin or not a sin?

WHO decides?

All judgment has been committed to Jesus and Jesus said that the words HE SPOKE shall judge us all.

So then disobedience to anything that JESUS taught us in the New Testament is a sin.


For example, some homosexuals say that they are NOT sinning because they LOVE each other.

But we who base our faith in the teachings of Jesus say that homosexuals are sinning.

So then, who is right and who is wrong?

Is the teachings of Jesus right or is the interpretation of the words of Jesus by some homosexuals right?

How can we know for sure?


Look and see what JESUS taught us in the New Testament because BY the words that Jesus spoke is what shall judge all men on the day of judgment. Almighty God the Father has committed ALL judgment to his Son Jesus.


John 5:22,

 

“For the Father judges no man, but has committed ALL judgment unto the Son:”

And Jesus said that he did not come into the world to judge or CONDEMN to world but rather to SAVE the world.


John 12:47.  


“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.”


And Jesus went on to say that his word that he spoke of taught to us shall be what judge the world on the day of judgment.


John 12:48.


“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.”


So are those who try their best to keep the OLD Testament by keeping the weekly Sabbath and the feast day Sabbath and the dietary laws rejecting Jesus by their rejecting the teachings of Jesus?

Jesus taught many things in the New Testament that are written in the Old Testament but he also CHANGED them.

So then, can we TRUST Jesus?

I believe that not only can we trust Jesus but Almighty God commands us to trust Jesus.

Then why do some Christians NOT trust the WORDS of Jesus written in the New Testament?

Did Jesus FORGET to teach us ALL we need to know to be saved and to receive eternal life in the world to come?

Then WHY do some Christians doubt his words that Jesus taught to his Apostles and they go back to the Old Testament to make sure Jesus did not forget to teach us something that we must do to receive eternal life in the world to come.


With that being said let us move to some more verse where Paul taught us about JUDGING.


Please read 1 Corinthians 4:5,6.


“Therefore judge nothing (Or for this reason do not judge ANYONE) before the time, (Before what 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.

6.  And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; (Or this teaching of not CONDEMNING other before the time I have APPLIES to myself and have also passed this same teaching on to Apollos) that you might learn in us (or by our example) NOT to think of men above that which is written, THAT (or so THAT) no one of you be puffed up for one against another.”


In other words, Paul is saying, Do NOT exercise your mind to come to the opinion by going beyond what is written so that you become puffed up with pride thinking that you are better than those who DIFFER from you.

So then, the way that I myself am seeing that we are to judge others is by their WORKS, the fruit that they bear. But this kind in judging is NOT the CONDEMNING kind of judging but rather it is SEEING a brother and sister living in sin and reaching out to help them recover themselves from the snare of Satan.


Please read Galatians 6:1-4.


“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, (Or you who are strong in faith not being a carnal Christian) restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering YOURSELF, lest you also be tempted.

2.  Bear you one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Or do unto others what you would have them do unto you. So if it was YOU being deceived by false teaching to live in sin would you not want a Christian to help you to see the truth so you could recover yourself from that deception?)

3.  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. (Those who are deceived sincerely believe they have the truth. So then in THEIR eyes it is all the other Christians who are deceived. This is why some deception are salvation issues because the ones being deceived actually think that they are better than other christians and that they alone have the truth. But they are deceiving themselves.)

4.  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

5.  For every man shall bear his own burden.

6.  Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teaches in all good things.

7.  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap.

8.  For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

9.  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

10.  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”


So then, we are to judge but we are not to judge with CONDEMNATION by having the attitude that there is no hope for the person we are judging. There is a saying that most of us have heard that it is not over until it is over. So we are not to judge others to be lost BEFORE the TIME speaking of the coming of Jesus.


Please read 1 Corinthians 11:31.


For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”


This is very similar to what Jesus said concerning removing the beam from our own eye first so we can clearly see how to remove a splinter from or brother’s eye. Jesus teaches us to not judge by appearance but rather to judge RIGHTEOUSLY or with righteous judgment.


Please read John 7:24.


“Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”



This has different meanings one of which would be that the Pharisees judge Jesus by appearance when Jesus kept company with the tax collectors and the publicans WITHOUT hearing the whole matter.


Please read John 7:51.


“Does our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he does?”


So then, judging someone before you hear the whole matter is another way of judging before the time. And this type of judging may lead to gossip and rumors that are not true.

Now after we hear the whole matter and that fruit we saw and pre-judged is indeed found to be true then we are not to judge with condemning them but rather we are to judge the MATTER and NOT the person. We are to be followers of Jesus and Jesus said the he did not come to judge the world but rather to SAVE the world.


Please read John 12:47,48.


“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.

48.  He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges him: the WORD that I have spoken, the SAME shall JUDGE him in the last day. (BUT those who do receive, believe and obey the words of Jesus shall NOT be judge on the last day. We pass from death to life when we believe on the Son of God as the atonement of our sins and God is able to make us stand if we CONTINUE in the TRUTH.)


You see those who REJECT the TRUTH are actually JUDGING THEMSELVES to be unworthy to receive eternal life because they have been told the way to eternal life and they rejected the only way that God himself has provided as HIS way to be saved and receive eternal life in the world to come.


Please read Acts 13:46.


“Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing YOU put it (the gospel of your salvation) from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.


God will judge the world BY the Son of man Jesus Christ who will use his WORD to judge all men by their works.


Acts 17:31.  


“Because he (Almighty God Yahweh the Father) has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness BY that man whom he has ordained; (Speaking of  Yahweh the Father ordaining the Son of man Jesus Christ) whereof he (Yahweh) has given assurance unto all men, in that he has raised him from the dead.”

So then, since Jesus said the world will be judge by his WORD then how can we know what WORD Jesus meant?


Please read Romans 2:16.


“In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men BY Jesus Christ ACCORDING to my gospel.


The true gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God to lead people unto salvation to them who BELIEVE and obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So we judge the world with righteous judgment using the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ as our STANDARD.

The true gospel of Jesus Christ is to warm them that God has CONCLUDED all of mankind under sin SO THAT he can show his love, mercy and grace to save those who BELIEVE and RECEIVE his so great a salvation.


Romans 1:16.  


For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the POWER of God unto salvation to everyone that BELIEVES; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”


Now when we correctly interpret all the would of Jesus written in the New Testament we can see two types of judging. We can see judging a brother or sister in the Lord as being lost having no hope and if we judge in that manner we also are in danger of the same judgment.

And then we see judging the matter according to the word of God calling sin to be sin but we judge the person in LOVE showing them the way that leads to salvation that leads to eternal life in the world to come.

It is usually the world who those the verse judge not lest you be judged if the face of Christians because those living is sin do not want to change their lifestyle of living in sin. But there are times when a brother or sister is living in sin and they will do the same thing when a brother or sister reaches out to help them see that if they should die or Jesus should return while they are living in sin that they will be judged as a sinner and lose their reward of eternal life over the pleasure of their sin for a season.

So do not back away from their false accusations ever again because God has called us to walk in LOVE. Even if they say to leave them alone and they know they are going to hell do not JUDGE them as having no hope BEFORE the TIME because the spiritual battle is not over until it is over.


1 Corinthians 4:5.


“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.”


Do not give up on those you love and judge in yourself that there is no hope for them to be saved. They have until they draw their last breath and die or until Jesus returns whichever comes first. So do not allow anyone to stop you from loving them buy us the words of Jesus out of its context to tell you not to judge them unless you want God to judge you. That is not what this verse means as you have seen from this study in God’s word.

May God bless you richly as you continue to seek the truth of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.


Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Mark.


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