Judge for yourselves: Luke 12.57

“Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?”

Luke 12.57 NIV

Man was created to think and reach proper conclusions based on the evidence he gathers. The Lord Jesus rebuked the people of his day for not judging properly. They should have used that God-given function rightly rather than use faulty reasoning, especially in relation to himself, cf. Jn 7.24.

If we’re supposed to judge, then what kind of judgment does the Bible condemn?

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Do not let anyone judge: Colossians 2.16 VOTD

“Therefore do not let anyone judge you with respect to food or drink, or in the matter of a feast, new moon, or Sabbath days—”

Colossians 2.16

Since it’s impossible to prevent others from criticizing or making judgments, what did Paul mean by not letting anyone judge the saints when it came to food or drink or observance of special days? He meant they should not be bothered or swayed by others who might judge them in this way, by standards that differ from the gospel truth.

Why is it we sometimes feel pressured to conform to a twisted vision of faith that others insist on?

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VOTD: Luke 12.57 ‘Judge for yourselves’

“And why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?”

Luke 12.57

Jesus called people hypocrites for not reaching right conclusions.

How does the Lord expect us to “interpret the present time”? v. 56.

#judging #VOTD #truth

Sermon Snippet from John 5:31-47

Here’s a point that I’m going to use in tomorrow’s sermon from John 5:31-47 that could be used in a lot of other places:

God’s word doesn’t pick sides – it makes them (Leviticus 19:15Deuteronomy 1:17, John 5:39)

A thought like that can cause us to think about, “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) in the right way.

#bible-study, #choices, #gods-word, #judging, #sermon-snippet-from-john-5

Churches are crossing borders into previously untried ground…

Churches are crossing borders into previously untried ground. Stained glass and steeples are out and coffee shops and strip malls are in. Blue jeans and shorts are replacing suits and dresses. Some will look down their noses at these efforts to reach into previously untouched and unreached population segments. But we should remember that Jesus went where the people needed help. At least one of these leading the way said, “We break with tradition, but we don’t break with scripture.” One thing we need to remember, when Samuel assumed Eliab was God’s chosen, the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance, for the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” This is Just-A-Minute

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An Unlikely Harvester

The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”…The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Him.” (John 4:25-26, 28-30)

After meeting the man who gave her a drink from the fountain of life, the thirsty woman forgets her waterpot and gets to work spreading the word about Jesus. And what was that word? It was, “Come meet a man who told me about everything I’ve done – I think I’ve found who we as a people have been looking for.” When she said she believed that the coming Christ would be able to tell all that needed to be told, she meant what she said and she was willing to tell others about it!

This woman was ready for a change. She went from thirsty to quenched. She went from collecting water for others to collecting others for the water. And I don’t about you, but I bet that man she was living with (John 4:16-18) slept by himself that night.

Jesus didn’t only know what the woman at the well had done in her life, he knew what she could do, he knew what she was capable of and he knew what she could be all at the same time! Because of this the disciples were going watch one of the most unlikely harvesters that they had ever seen start bringing in the sheaves to Jesus.

We never know who might just bring more people to Jesus than we thought if we just focus on who they could be with Jesus instead of who they are without him!

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

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Judgment’s Role

Christians understand the role “judgment” has in the lives of each. We understand that we are not to use a standard of judgment that is unrighteous (Matthew 7:1-2). We also understand that the standard we are to use is to be a righteous one (John 7:24). With this in mind read I Corinthians 4:1-5.

Paul was a preacher doing the Lord’s work. It appears from the text that some were calling into question what Paul was doing; in fact, they were calling into question not just his method, but his motivation. Learning this, Paul said the following: (1) he is a servant of God, with God’s mystery of redemption in hand (if you will); (2) as a servant (or steward) he understood the importance of being faithful with that task given him (cf. Acts 26:19); (3) Paul was unaware of anything that could stand against him; (4) thus, when others, who called themselves Christians, did judge him it meant nothing to him. He brings it to a close with the exhortation that Christians are to judge nothing before the proper time, but at that time it will be the Lord who judges.

Someone might reply, did not Paul say we are to judge those inside (within the church) in the next chapter (5:12)? That he did. How shall we understand the apparent problem? The context of both chapters clear up any misunderstanding. In C-4 the problem was judgments of the heart that was made by man, but only belongs to the Lord. In C-5 the problem was a failing to judge what man is obligated to judge: immoral actions. Paul called upon the brethren to address the outward actions that brought discredit upon the Lord, His church, and name of the guilty one. Those who fail to hear what Paul says will have the Lord judge them at the proper time. RT