Luke 6. Forum Discussion

Judgement

Today’s lesson is about judgement. We will divide today’s study into three parts:

  1. JUDGING OTHERS.
  2. DECIDING WHO GOES TO HEAVEN AND WHO GOES TO HELL.
  3. THE JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST (For believers only).

JUDGING OTHERS

The Bible is clear that we are not to judge one another. Instead of being judgmental, Jesus wants us to show one another mercy. Consider the following scriptures:

  • “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned;  pardon, and you will be pardoned.” - Luke 6:37.

  • “For judgment  will be  merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy  triumphs over judgment.” - James 2:13.

  • “Do not judge so that you will not be judged.  For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.  Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” - Mathew 7:1-5.

  • “But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.   For it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.’ So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.” – Romans 14:10-13. 

  • “Therefore you have no excuse,  every one of you who passes judgment, for in that which  you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. ” - Romans 2:1.

This last bullet point, Romans 2:1, points out the hypocrisy of flawed humans trying to judge other flawed humans. We are not equipped, or worthy, to make this type of judgement.

In the book of Revelation, only Jesus was found worthy to open the Book of Life (Revelation 5:1-10). That brings us to the second part of today’s study.

DECIDING WHO GOES TO HEAVEN AND WHO GOES TO HELL

Whether or not we go to heaven is determined by our belief in Jesus.

  • “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. - John 5:24.

  • “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the  only begotten Son of God.” - John 3:18.

  • “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. ” - John 12:48.

The role of determining who is a believer and who is not was given to Jesus by God the Father:

  • “For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son .” - John 5:22.

  • “Because He has fixed a day in which He will judge  the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men  by raising Him from the dead. ” - Acts 17:31.

THE JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST (For believers only)

Believers will go through a second judgement in front of the Judgement Seat of Christ.  It is important to distinguish that all of these believers have already been saved.  Here they will receive recognition, good or bad, based on what they did while they were alive on earth.

  • “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for  his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” - 2 Corinthians 5:10.

  • “And another  book was opened, which is the book  of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books,  according to their deeds. ” – Revelation 20:12.  

The Bible has a lot to say about judgment. We need to challenge ourselves to be for like Jesus, and to look for opportunities to show mercy and compassion to others. As we extend mercy, we open the door for stronger relationships to form and for us to share the Gospel.

There is a wise saying, “People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” As Christians, we should constantly be looking for opportunities to show others how much we care.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Luke 7. We will be focusing on what the Bible says about faith and compassion.  May God’s blessings be upon you until then.  Amen

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John

"Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh." -

So comforting in the year 2020 with everything going on.

Praise be to God!

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John

"Mercy triumphs judgement." - Amen!

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When, if ever, is it appropriate to judge somebody?

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Michael
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That's an interesting question, and I am interested in hearing other people's thoughts on the subject.

For me personally, from what I have read in the scriptures, I try never to judge somebody.

The only place I can think of where the scriptures may be in favor of some judgement is in the case of correcting or reproving somebody, as mentioned in 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

To correct or reprove, I imagine would require some judgment or assessment.

When in doubt, I try to apply compassion, never judgement.

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