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To Judge or Not to Judge

Written by Daniel David Reynolds, November 11, 1991 for his Epistles I class at Deliverance Bible Institute.

We should vaue human judgment, not overvalue it!!!

Judge = to separate, selecct, choose, determine, to pronounce judgment.

We must remember:

  1. Our powers are limited
  2. Our information often very defective
  3. Our minds very subject to bias.

Our potential to be deceived shold lead us:

  1. To take heed how we pronounce final judgments.

Finality of judgment may be profitably avoided, particularly when our judgment affects:

a) The providence and dealings of God

b) The character and motives of our fellows

  1. Not to be disturbed if harshly judged by our fellows

Rightly estimated, human judgment is a very small thing when compared to the word of God.

No man can work entirely with reference to his own labors and his own opinion of them. We all need to live under the sense that others are taking some notice of what we do.

Human and divine judgment, shold have an effect upon the Christian's life. (We love, and are examples.) We all form ideas and opinions about the works of those around us and are influenced by them, but remember final judgment awaits. We cannot see life in its true proportians when we look at it from a point of view so near. NO man's work can be fairly judged until it is completed. To Judge now, is to judge before the time.

Word Study of "Judge" in 1 Corinthians

I Corinthians 4:3 Paul is not overly concerned with their opinions about his faithfulness as a servant, seeing that he does not even trust his own judgment on this point. Judge = Ask, question

1 Corinthians 5:12 It isn't our job to judge outsiders, but it certainly is our job to judge and eal strongly wiht those who are members of the church and who are knowingly sinning in these manners. Judge = punish

1 Corinthians 6:2 We need not worry about things pertaining to this life. We are going to judge the world, angels. Let the lowest in the church judge the smallest matters. Judge = judgment seat (church = to sit in ...); Judge = separate throughly, withdraw

1 Corinthians 10:15 You who are intelligent, lok now and see for yourselves, whether what I am about to say is true. (Judge what I say) Not why I am saying it. Judge = decide

1 Corinthians 11:13 What do you think? Whad does the example of nature tell you. Judge = decide, to think

1 Corinthians 11:31 Our judgment from the Lord, is to avoid condemnation. Judge = separate throughly, withdraw

1 Corinthians 14:25 Judge what is being said. Judge = separate throughly, withdraw

(STRONG = "Strong's Hebrew and Greek Concordance of the Bible")

(STRONG#) 350 scrutinize, investigate, interrogate, determine, ask, question, discern, search, examine

(STRONG#) 2919 decide, condemen, punish, avenge, conclude, sentence, to think

(STRONG#) 1252 separate throughly, withdraw from, hesitate, doubt, be partial

(STRONG#) 2922 to sit in judgment seat