“Growing Up Spiritually” 8/27/2016 Posted by Don Merritt

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Growing Up Spiritually

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.

Hebrews 6:1-3

For me, this little bit of text always brings bit of a shock, for we see that the things we almost always talk about are the “elementary teachings,” the “milk” but not the “solid food” of maturity at all! Let’s take a closer look:

…not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God…” This is something we need to see in a different way, for it isn’t maturity in Christ. What is this “foundation” for repentance from sins and faith in God? Think…

It is the cross.  All of us take everything back to the cross, and properly so, but we normally do that as if the cross was the end, but it is not the end; the cross is the beginning of the story. Yes, it’s true, as awe-inspiring, wonderful and amazing as it is in its fullness and mercy and love, the cross is the beginning, not the end of maturity.  “Cleansing rites” for us today would be in the same category as rituals, ceremonies, styles of worship and so forth.  These things are elementary, “young” and baby milk things, not the sort of things that the mature in the faith are much concerned with. “Laying on of hands” and other spiritual gifts are wonderful, but elementary.  Resurrection, eternal life, and judgment are at the beginning of the process, wonderful promises, and highly instructive at an early stage of growth, but they are not in and of themselves maturity in Christ. Can you see why I said that these are things we always talk about?  Yet, they are milk, not solid food for adults; God permitting, we will move on from these things.

Before I close out this section, let’s pause and take stock.  Hebrews is written to Jewish Christians in Rome who are being persecuted by the Emperor Nero, one of history’s most notorious criminals.  The author is writing this to encourage them, to instruct them and to hopefully energize them so that they do not give up their faith in the stress of persecution. Doesn’t it seem reasonable to suggest that their “elementary” spiritual development might be the cause of their temptation to drift away? I hope that we too, will reflect on this.

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“Jesus Is The Anointed Prophet Priest and King” 8/26/2016 Written by Pastor Rob Barkman

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“Jesus Is The Anointed Prophet Priest and King”

SIH STSTA ICON(Identifying Jesus as the Anointed One During His First Coming)

 

INTRODUCTION:

Many times in the New Testament Jesus is given the title of “Christ”.  The title “Christ” holds the same meaning as the Old Testament title “Messiah”.  Both of these titles possess a similar meaning, “one that is anointed”.

Why are these two titles for Jesus so important? It is based on the Old Testament practice of the anointing prophets (1 Kings 19:16), priests (Nums 3:3), and kings (1 Kings 19:16).  The public anointing of these office holders revealed  that they have been given God’s authority and enabling to hold their perspective offices.

Based upon this Old Testament practice, understanding that Jesus was “the Anointed One” reveals to us that Jesus has received God’s authority to hold the offices of “Prophet”, “Priest” and “King”.

In this study, we will be making a quick search for proofs that Christ exercised this divine authority as Our Prophet, Our Priest, and Our King, thus proving that He truly was anointed by God.

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Isa 61:1-3

(1)  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;  (2)  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; (3)  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

  

Mat 16:13-16

(13)  When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?  (14)  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. (15)  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  (16)  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 

Mat 16:20

(20)  Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

 

Act 10:37-38

(37)  That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;  (38)  How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

 

Heb 1:8-9

(8)  But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.  9)  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

 

 

TODAY’S LESSON:

In the Old Testament, there are many texts which speak of the Messiah, or “the Anointed One”. These texts describe the individual who will be anointed by God to perform many different earthly, and heavenly ministries…

Isa 61:1-3 – “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”

Heb 1:8-9 – “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

 

Jesus was anointed by his Heavenly Father with the Holy Spirit as the Spirit came down upon Him at His baptism…

Act 10:37-38 – “That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;  How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

 

So in Matthew 16:13-20 the Lord was not only emphasizing His position before the Father as “the Christ” (“the Anointed One”), but also he was emphasizing the ministries he was performing at His first coming as God’s Prophet, Priest and King.

Mat 16:13-20 – “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

 

While on earth, and immediately afterward, Christ fulfilled all three roles that His Father had given to Him…

  1. Prophet – During Christ’s ministry on earth, He delivered the Father’s message to the people…

Joh 12:49 – “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me,he gave me a commandment, what  I should say, and what I should speak. 

Joh 14:10 – “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.”

 

  1. Priest – During Christ’s ministry on earth, He acted as Priest making intercession and sacrifice for His people…

Joh 17:9 -16 – “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.  And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.   And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.   And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.  And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world…”

Joh 10:11-15 – “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.  But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.  The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

 

  1. King – immediately following His ascension Christ was seated at His Father’s right hand and began His reign as King of King and Lord of Lords… 

Mar 16:19 – “So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.” 

Act 2:32-35 – “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.  For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool.” 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, every time we speak of “Jesus Christ, the Messiah” we are affirming that Jesus is the promised King, Prophet, and Priest sent from God to rule, intercede for, and sacrifice Himself for God’s people.

Do we believe, with a God-given faith, that Jesus is our Christ?  Has He died for us?  Does He intervene for us?  Does He rule over our hearts and lives?

If we can answer “yes” to all of these questions, we have been delivered from our sins and are eternally secure in Him.  If we cannot say “yes” to these questions then we have to question our standing before God.

May we all come to a saving faith in Him, placing all of our trust in Him as the Prophet, Priest and King of our lives.

 

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“How To Make Sure “All Lives Matter” 8/25/2016 Written by Rev. B. Keith Haney

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How To Make Sure “All Lives Matter”

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I have resisted writing this post for various reasons…the question raised “Don’t all lives matter?”  It is an offshoot of the Black Lives Matter movement that is storming the country.  It in some cases has angered many, causes confusion for others and skepticism by many others.  At the heart of the issues are the underlining questions, “Don’t black lives matter?”  If so then stop the attacks on black people by the racist’s establishment.

So the other side will argue it’s not just black lives that matter, all lives matter.  When people express this sentiment, the claims of racism fly in their direction.  It matters not who tries to make that point; the rage is coming.

The problem is we are asking the wrong the question.   Do black lives matter?  Of course, they do.  I would hope so since I am black.  It is not the right response to say all lives matter because of course, that should be true as well.

The correct question is, “If we value the existence of every individual, how do we fix what’s obviously broken in our society?” If all lives matter, then we need to pay attention to the broken systems in society that plague every person.  It all lives matter then every voice needs to be heard.  Every circumstance that impacts the quality of life addressed.  Every life matter whether that is the black person living in poverty.  Or the elderly person whose social security makes it impossible for them to make ends meet. Or the unborn baby who we say have no rights.  If all lives matter then we need to deal with all peoples quality of life, their pursuit of happiness, they’re achieving the American dream.

I ran across a blog this past week debating the whole black lives matter movement.  To look at this issue from a fresh perspective, here is a quote from a black blogger about the issues.

“For almost the people commenting about “all lives matter,” or “every race matters” you’re completely missing the point…. If all lives matter, then there should be more people who are angered and active about every life taken at hands of police involved murders, protesting police brutality, actively fighting against white supremacy, and not turning your back to acts of discrimination or racism of any sort. The phrase “all lives matter” itself is another means of telling us (black people) that our claims of racism are petty and we should stop protesting. This phrase is insulting to the movement, and is nothing more than superficial propaganda for white supremacy.” Cliff

What is missing in all this again is real solutions to a broken system.  A broken system that leaves some people behind.  Whether those left behind are black, white, red, it doesn’t matter.  No one is listening to their situation.  This quote by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, whose work revealed the atrocities of the Gulag.  The Gulag was the Soviet Union’s forced labor camp system.  He provides valuable insight for us today.

“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousandfold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age; we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.” ― Aleksandr SolzhenitsynThe Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

The crisis that was created over 200 years ago has never really been addressed.  Yes, we have passed the Civil Rights amendment, and we should have been able just to move on.  Right?  But laws do not change hearts.  Laws do not repair the past wrongs; they only are designed to prevent the same future mistakes.  Laws cannot go back and say I am sorry and how can I help.  The law is intended to correct errors, not to fix problems.  Only a heart turned toward God can do that.  What we need are more people of faith letting their light shine in the midst of the darkness. The more followers of our compassionate Savior being salt in a bland world that has lost it saltiness.  The problem looks impossible if we try to fix it overnight.  It is too big, the hurts too dark, the chasm too wide, but like any big problem we need to take small steps.  One new authentic relationship at a time.  Hang in there; the relationship is worth the effort because all lives do matter.  All relationships are worth saving.

Other blogs in this series worth reading.
Do You Want to Walk A Mile In My Shoes?
Fearfully Made
Sorry, You Are Just Not Black Enough
It’s Time Church To Stand and Speak Out!
It’s Time to Heal the Racial Divide!
How Guilt Feeds Racial Division in America
The Church Should Reflect Heaven
Dealing With Race In America
How Do We See Beyond Color?

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“WHO DO YOU TRUST?” 8/24/2016 Written by Kathy Boecher

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WHO DO YOU TRUST?

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“In God we trust – trust your friends – trust the people with whom you do business – believe that your family will always be there for you – know that those who instruct you are people of integrity and common sense.”  How much truth do these sayings hold?.

In business today, it is very difficult to trust. With the use of internet to conduct everything from business to social media, there is very little face to face contact, leaving no room for reading body language or emotions. We can only assume we’re being told the truth. A handshake is rarely evident until a deal is closed and even then we don’t finish business like we did in years gone by.

In our case, friends have always been few, but ones we can depend on. Many who claimed to be friends when our business was thriving, went by the wayside as soon as success left our door. The ones that remained faithful are still friends today.

Most families are separated by miles and they’re busy building their own lives. Today, both spouses work in order to meet the everyday demands of living. Their time is precious to them. That’s not a bad thing and we’ve always given them their space, but when we need them for something, we know we can call them. Not all families are like that. Many leave the nest and are rarely seen again.

Our pastors, teachers, mentors and leaders should be those you can put your complete trust in, but even in those positions of merit, we often hear stories of shepherds leading their flocks astray with false teaching. We discover that teachers or others in authority can use their station to take advantage of those they teach or put them in compromising situations. Mentors should be looked up to, but they often fall short. As to our athletic heroes, movie icons, television stars, their fame has often tainted them and their ability to motivate or stand as good role models is pathetic. Our leaders have lost track of the fact that they have been elected to work for our good, but special interest groups often capture their attention first.

When we trust in ourselves for wisdom, our narcissistic nature often grabs hold of us and we think we’re the only ones we can trust. Some folks worship false gods, the internet, money & success, good works and on and on, but there is only One that we can trust to mold us, punch us, toss us around, help us, comfort us, raise us up when we’re down and give us hope – all for our benefit.

Even when life is coming at us from all sides, His love never changes. He is unconditional with it – He lavishly disperses it on us – sometimes you don’t like His path and determine to take your own. When that doesn’t work, you know He’ll be waiting for you with open arms.

To me, He’s the only One you can trust completely.

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“HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS!” 8/23/2016 Written by Dave Boller

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HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS!

“Remain in Me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.”(John 15:4, NIV)

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Oftentimes, inspiration comes to me in a “vision” – even in a dream – of what God is planning for me. When I have difficulty visualizing His plan, I find myself lacking attentiveness and motivation. As much as I want to do God’s will, it’s very difficult for me to move forward with purpose and passion. I need to know where I’m going. I need to know where God is leading me!

When I started my business a few years ago, I did so with the understanding that I would dedicate my work, and my life, to the Lord. As I sought His guidance, I hadn’t fully received a clear picture as to where I should focus my efforts. As a result, I was “out of sync” every day and had difficulty maintaining my enthusiasm.

After stumbling around on my own for some time, I decided to turn to prayer. It was during this quiet time that I realized the Holy Spirit has always been with me and that He has directed my every move. He has never made demands on my time, but has always waited patiently for me to look for Him. And, yes, I found Him – right where He’s always been – waiting for me to open my eyes.

When I spend time with Him, I am in His will and He guides every step I take.Proverbs 3:6 teaches, “In all your ways submit to Him, and He will direct your paths.” As long as I follow His advice, I know where to find purpose and clarity.

You may not hear God’s voice the same way I do, but He is patiently waiting to hear from you. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you each day and to guide your actions and decisions. Good things happen when you spend time with the Lord! I now have the confidence and motivation that comes from knowing that I am on God’s designated path and that He will guide every step I take. He is the overwhelming focus of my life!

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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“Who are You Living for ??” 8/22/2016 Written by bruce r. mills

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“Who are You Living for ??”

 

James 4:7-8Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (NKJV)

For us as Christians’ to live for Christ…we must forget about our built in desire to please ourselves, and turn our lives over to the Lord… This natural tendency of “me first”, must give way to placing God first, and wanting to please and obey Him…just as Jesus always obeyed His Father in heaven, His whole life…  Jesus lived the perfect, sinless life…always obeying His Father, even to the point of dying on the cross, so that the sins of those who believe and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, can be cleansed of their lifetime of sins…  (see 1. Below)

The first, and biggest step in living a Christ centered life, is to confess, repent, and turn from any and all sins… The Apostle John gives us scripture on how we “submit to God”, in…

1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NKJV)

When the Christian is living with an un-confessed sin, (such as fornication outside of marriage, as an example)…they must decide if they want to please themselves, and risk chastisement from God (Hebrews 12:3-11)…or to confess and turn from this most pleasurable of sins (or any other sin), and walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16)…allowing the Holy Spirit to guide them into living a life that will be pleasing in God’s eyes…

There is nothing Satan likes better, than to fill the Christian’s brain with numerous reasons why living in sin is Ok… But living with any un-confessed sin is living in rebellion against God…  Even the sin of omission (James 4:17), when the Holy Spirit urges us to witness to someone…to volunteer at church when they are in need of help in any area…or to share our time and/or our resources with someone we see is in need…and we decide (for any number of reasons) not to listen to the Holy Spirit, is a sin…

It’s Sunday, and the Holy Spirit urges us to get up and get to church…  Satan says…it’s OK to miss church…  You were up late and need your rest…  Or, it’s more important to get this or that done to please your spouse or your kids, than to spend time giving praise and worship to the Lord, with a body of fellow believers…  Maybe the Holy Spirit urges you to use your spiritual gift (given to every Christian), at your church…and you say no, out of fear that you are not qualified…or that it’s OK to let someone else fulfill the need God wants you to fulfill…  This fear of witnessing to someone around you who is in need of hearing the Gospel…or fear that your not qualified to fill that needed position in your church…is fear Satan uses to keep you from obeying the urging of the Holy Spirit, and glorifying God by being obedient to His leading…

The Apostle John gives us scripture on fear, in…1 John 4:18…  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.  (NKJV)

This perfect loveis a heart filled with the love and the joy of the Lord (John 15:11)…which through the full power of the Holy Spirit will give the Christian the will to witness to that person in need of hearing the Gospel (“good news”) message of the cross…  The Holy Spirit will not only give us the will, but the burning desire that overpowers any fear Satan will use, to keep us from witnessing to someone we know is in need of God’s saving grace…

 

The Apostle James tells us in the opening scripture, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you”…  Indeed, I can personally testify that Satan can be (for the most part) kept at bay…  But in my own life, I have found that it is a combination of total submission to God, and the wearing of ALL of God’s 6 pieces of spiritual armor, that the Apostle Paul so eloquently describes for us in Ephesians 6:10-20…   (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph+6%3A10-20&version=NKJV)  The key scripture here, is…

Ephesians 6:11…  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  (NKJV)

Friends these aren’t just words in a book…  They are promises made by God, for those who spend time reading, digesting, and applying God’s Word to their lives…  God’s Word, the Bible, is called the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17), and is the only offensive piece of God’s spiritual armor…  If worn in total, God’s spiritual armor can help us keep Satan and his fearful tactics and temptations to sin under control…

I spent a day writing about this combination of total submission to God, and the wearing all of God’s spiritual armor, I called “God’s Duo”…that provides my personal testimony of how God and His promises can help keep our flesh and Satan in check…(see 2. Below)  Will we be able to walk in the Spirit perfectly ??  Heck no !!  All of us will sin…  But God promises to never leave, nor forsake us is found in multiple scriptures in His Word… (see 3. Below)  And if we choose to live for Christ, and submit to His will and His ways…God will in turn, provide us with His richest blessings…Hebrews 11:6

Heavenly Father, I thank You and praise You for who You are…  I pray Father, that Your redeemed children will see the truth from Your Word today…  I pray that they will seek to submit their lives to Your will, instead of their own personal desires…  I pray Father, that they spend time in Your Word each and every day, for their spiritual nourishment (Matthew 4:4)… I pray that they will learn about, and put on ALL of Your spiritual armor, to be able to fend off Satan’s temptations to sin…and the fear Satan uses to keep them under his control…   I pray Father, that the full power of the Holy Spirit gives your children the burning desire to share Your “good news” message of grace, through saving faith in Your Son Jesus Christ…  I pray for this power from above for all of us, in the name of Your most precious Son, Jesus Christ…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

 

References:

 

  1. (The Gospel message of grace through faith in Christ)  http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

  2. “God’s Duo”  https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/gods-group-thoughts-for-2252013-gods-duo/

  3. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-I-Will-Never-Leave-You-Nor-Forsake-You/

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“What does the Bible mean that we are not to judge others?” 8/21/2016 Written by Michael for “Altruistico”

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Original post @   https://altruistico.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/what-does-the-bible-mean-that-we-are-not-to-judge-others/

What does the Bible mean that we are not to judge others?”

Jesus’ command not to judge others could be the most widely quoted of His sayings, even though it is almost invariably quoted in complete disregard of its context. Here is Jesus’ statement: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1). Many people use this verse in an attempt to silence their critics, interpreting Jesus’ meaning as “You don’t have the right to tell me I’m wrong.” Taken in isolation, Jesus’ command “Do not judge” does indeed seem to preclude all negative assessments. However, there is much more to the passage than those three words.

The Bible’s command that we not judge others does not mean we cannot show discernment. Immediately after Jesus says, “Do not judge,” He says, “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs” (Matthew 7:6). A little later in the same sermon, He says, “Watch out for false prophets. . . . By their fruit you will recognize them” (verses 15–16). How are we to discern who are the “dogs” and “pigs” and “false prophets” unless we have the ability to make a judgment call on doctrines and deeds? Jesus is giving us permission to tell right from wrong.

Also, the Bible’s command that we not judge others does not mean all actions are equally moral or that truth is relative. The Bible clearly teaches that truth is objective, eternal, and inseparable from God’s character. Anything that contradicts the truth is a lie—but, of course, to call something a “lie” is to pass judgment. To call adultery or murder a sin is likewise to pass judgment—but it’s also to agree with God. When Jesus said not to judge others, He did not mean that no one can identify sin for what it is, based on God’s definition of sin.

And the Bible’s command that we not judge others does not mean there should be no mechanism for dealing with sin. The Bible has a whole book entitled Judges. The judges in the Old Testament were raised up by God Himself (Judges 2:18). The modern judicial system, including its judges, is a necessary part of society. In saying, “Do not judge,” Jesus was not saying, “Anything goes.”

Elsewhere, Jesus gives a direct command to judge: “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly” (John 7:24). Here we have a clue as to the right type of judgment versus the wrong type. Taking this verse and some others, we can put together a description of the sinful type of judgment:

Superficial judgment is wrong. Passing judgment on someone based solely on appearances is sinful (John 7:24). It is foolish to jump to conclusions before investigating the facts (Proverbs 18:13). Simon the Pharisee passed judgment on a woman based on her appearance and reputation, but he could not see that the woman had been forgiven; Simon thus drew Jesus’ rebuke for his unrighteous judgment (Luke 7:36–50).

Hypocritical judgment is wrong. Jesus’ command not to judge others in Matthew 7:1 is preceded by comparisons to hypocrites (Matthew 6:2, 5, 16) and followed by a warning against hypocrisy (Matthew 7:3–5). When we point out the sin of others while we ourselves commit the same sin, we condemn ourselves (Romans 2:1).

Harsh, unforgiving judgment is wrong. We are “always to be gentle toward everyone” (Titus 3:2). It is the merciful who will be shown mercy (Matthew 5:7), and, as Jesus warned, “In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Matthew 7:2).

Self-righteous judgment is wrong. We are called to humility, and “God opposes the proud” (James 4:6). The Pharisee in Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector was confident in his own righteousness and from that proud position judged the publican; however, God sees the heart and refused to forgive the Pharisee’s sin (Luke 18:9–14).

Untrue judgment is wrong. The Bible clearly forbids bearing false witness (Proverbs 19:5). “Slander no one” (Titus 3:2).

Christians are often accused of “judging” or intolerance when they speak out against sin. But opposing sin is not wrong. Holding aloft the standard of righteousness naturally defines unrighteousness and draws the slings and arrows of those who choose sin over godliness. John the Baptist incurred the ire of Herodias when he spoke out against her adultery with Herod (Mark 6:18–19). She eventually silenced John, but she could not silence the truth (Isaiah 40:8).

Believers are warned against judging others unfairly or unrighteously, but Jesus commends “right judgment” (John 7:24, ESV). We are to be discerning (Colossians 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:21). We are to preach the whole counsel of God, including the Bible’s teaching on sin (Acts 20:27; 2 Timothy 4:2). We are to gently confront erring brothers or sisters in Christ (Galatians 6:1). We are to practice church discipline (Matthew 18:15–17). We are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).

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