Springboarding off of the Apostle Paul’s life focus, clearly expressed in 1 Corinthians 2:2, Pastor Greg launched an “open-ended” message series on January 12th, 2020 – focusing on “Just Jesus.” He is walking us through the entire New Testament, pulling passages from the Old Testament for context, and keep us focused throughout the year on “Just Jesus.” This week Pastor Greg REcovers Matthew 7:1-2. Jesus tells us why we should be mindful of the standards and measures we apply when judging the behavior of others as right or wrong but Scripture is clear that Christians ARE supposed to judge the behaviors of one another, help convict each other of sin, and help each other repent.
1 Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For with the judgment you are judging, you will be judged; and with the measurement you are measuring, you will be measured. ~ Matthew 7:1-2
9 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; 10 I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. 11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves. ~ 1 Corinthians 5:9-13
Paul is VERY clear here, Christians are NOT supposed to judge the sins of people OUTSIDE of the Body of Christ, BUT, Christians ARE, in fact, SUPPOSED to judge one another’s sins WITHIN the Body of Christ.
35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. ~ Luke 6:35-36
37 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. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” ~ Luke 6:37-38
Forget not, never forget, that you have promised me to use this silver to become an honest man Jean Valjean, my brother: you belong no longer to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I am buying for you. I withdraw it from dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God! ~ Bishop Bienvenu (From Les Miserables)
Originally it simply meant “to separate” but in the context Jesus is using it means to condemn, specifically a judgment of condemnation.
1Brothers and sisters, if a person is discovered in some sin, you who are spiritual restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness. Pay close attention to yourselves, so that you are not tempted too. 2 Carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. ~ Galatians 6:1-2
How can you discover me in some sin? You have to make a judgment based on the Law of God.
You will notice Jesus always speaks to the hypocrites harshly because they treat others harshly but He always speaks gently to those who are gentle. Think of the woman caught in adultery and the Samaritan woman at the well who was a serial adulterer and was currently living in sin with a new man. Jesus accepted the woman at the well, loved her, but also didn’t hesitate to let her know that He was fully aware of her sin. It was the same thing with the woman caught in the act of adultery. He accepted her and loved her AND YET He also pointed out her sin.
I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more. ~ John 8:11b
κατακρίνω – katakrinó – (GREEK)
which again means to judge against – to condemn, to judge as worthy of punishment.
Jesus “judged” her previous actions as sinful. But He also did not condemn her. In the Same Way, we, as His followers, are, in fact, commanded to judge sin as sin but not condemn the sinners.