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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Righteous Judgment

2Tim 5:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.

It has become increasingly popular, as Satan has invaded the Church, to judge without scriptural basis. This is done in spite of the clear and correct instruction of the scriptures. Many, today, use the Lost Man's favorite verse, Matthew 7:1 to silence the Christian and to make him or her, very unprofitable in the service of the LORD. (1 Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3 And why behold you the mote that is in your brother's eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye? 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? 5 You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother's eye.)

In the seventh chapter there are a couple or more paragraphs and until we learn about context we can never properly understand what God is saying to us. i.e. I cannot read the latest Best Selling Novel by reading the first sentence and the last. This will not work, even, if I read the first and the last chapters. If I do this I might learn that Lefty walked into this, current, mess smoking a Camel and drove away smiling in his Old Buick... but I'm left with, “What happened?” This is also true of the Bible.

If we read Matthew 7:1 we learn that we need to shut up and not to disturb people. If we bother t read the first five verses we learn that before judging other we must seek to clean our own act up. Not that we do not judge but that we judge from the position of imputed righteousness. Where did I get that from?

2 Corinthians 5:21 - For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Isaiah 53:11 - He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Philippians 3:9 - And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Just as Matthew 7:1-5 are essentially connected to the rest of chapter seven for understanding so it is that Chapters 5, 6, and 7 are connected to become the Sermon on the Mount. Then, to understand the depth to be found in this sermon we must realize the sermon can never be fully understood without the understanding found in the scriptures between Genesis 1:1 and the end of Revelation 22. it is safe to say that there is a context found in the scripture that lends it's whole meaning is about the salvation, redemption, of the souls of men ad women.

There are many other lessons to be consumed and then worked into our life styles but, from the beginning, God has had a plan of Eternal fellowship in place. After Adam sinned there can be no fellowship without redemption because of the sinful nature we inherit from him through our ancestors. There can be no salvation without the imputed righteousness of our Saviour and we cannot ever hope to judge with righteousness and I suggest to you that we cannot fully fulfill the Great Commission without our Submission to the leading of a righteous heart, righteously instructed and led by the Indwelling of the Holy spirit. This is not understood without reading all of scripture.