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108: The Seven Pillars of Wisdom; Godly Judgment

Proverbs 8:12  I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. 8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. 

This week we look at the Pillar of Wisdom called Sound Wisdom [Godly Judgment].

Proverbs 9:1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:

As a review from our previous studies: we stated that Solomon uses poetic imagery to impress on our minds the splendor and grandeur of this thing we call WISDOM and all of its enduring qualities. 

Throughout the Book of Proverbs Solomon uses a variety of vivid analogies and symbols as tools to help us to comprehend godly principles and virtues.  Solomon’s metaphor of a person speaking in first person helps to bring alive the importance of incorporating the seven pillars of wisdom into the structure of our own character.

In the Book of Proverbs Solomon so eloquently uses the metaphor of a woman to depict WISDOM. He pictures her as one who is crying out to mankind adjuring the sons of men to partake of her ways and thereby LIVE. She warns them of the pitfalls that await them if they reject her counsel and continue to pursue their own devices (foolishness) (Proverbs 1:29-33).

Solomon describes the eternal existence and presence of Wisdom as being with God from eternity; in other words God was wise i.e. God was wisdom personified from the very beginning.

In Proverbs 8:1-9:6 Solomon exalts the excellent qualities of wisdom and personifies it as one who was at God’s side when He created the world. He declares that Wisdom was God’s constant delight, full of rejoicing alongside the Lord at the creation of the world and of men. 

Proverbs 8:30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him [as a master craftsman]: and I was daily his delight, [shaashuim Strong’s #8191 delight, pleasure, enjoyment] rejoicing always before him;  8:31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men. 8:32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. 8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

Wisdom is an attribute that has always been with God from eternity for it is a permanent and integral trait of His character: He is the epitome of righteous wisdom for He encompasses wisdom and everything that He thinks, plans, says, and does is always in perfect wisdom.

In the next chapter Solomon continues the metaphor of Wisdom as one who is inviting all to come and partake of the food [a type of the Word of God] she lays out for mankind: 

Proverbs 9:2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.  9:3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, 9:5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

This of course represents God who is really speaking to us, inviting men and women to come and eat of the things that produce life, and drink of the things that depict the fountain of life. Notice He says something similar through the prophet Isaiah:

Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Jesus Christ who is the expressed image of God the Father is the embodiment of the seven pillars of wisdom for indeed He is Wisdom and Sound Judgment.

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

Isaiah prophesies of the Messiah and describes His character and how He is going to rule the nations with the spirit of wisdom:

Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: 

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

We see by these verses that the Messiah (Christ) is described with all of the characteristics of the seven pillars of wisdom that Solomon talks about.

This week we want to zero in on the fifth pillar listed in Proverbs 8:14 which is Sound Wisdom (sound judgement).

 

Making Sound Godly Judgments

How important is it to have sound judgment? Sound judgment means “to come to opinions about things; power of comparing and deciding; understanding; good sense.” (www.yourdictionary.com)

Godly Judgment involves everything we do, and we make judgments and decisions all day long; some are somewhat mundane, other decisions can have life-long effects even through eternity.

We have much to draw from when it comes to learning how to make sound judgments from the pages of the Bible where we read of the positive and negative examples of those whose lives are recorded for us to learn from.

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

These examples were recorded in the Bible for God’s people as object lessons to teach us from the experiences of others. These are real stories of those who have gone on before, they are actual experiences of actual men and women; from Adam and Eve right up to the apostles and others whose stories are written in the Bible for us to read and study.

We can learn from the decisions they made, and apply the lessons to our own lives. Their life-stories and how people handled difficult situations are recorded for our instruction.

In addition we learn from our own experiences and the experiences of others that are all around us; both positive and negative examples. It is imperative that we learn to make sound judgments based on a correct Knowledge of every Word of God, with a good Understanding and hopefully godly wise teachers.

The spirit of wisdom, which includes sound judgment, is a gift from God to His obedient children and sound judgment originates from a sound mind, which is a gift of the Holy Spirit given to all those who live by every Word of God. 

Paul admonished Timothy to “stir up the gift of God”.

2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.   1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

A sound mind is a gift from God but we must still do our part to develop it and guard it nd fill it with the Word of God.

It is of utmost importance that we pursue sound Godly Judgment in making all of our decisions (or judgments). The ability to make wise decisions will help us to navigate successfully through life and on into the Kingdom of God. Our judgments and decisions have a direct impact upon the course of our lives; and even where we will be throughout eternity: either alive forevermore or extinguished forever.

To be successful in our Christian walk we must not reject God’s instruction and the counsel of God thinking that we know everything, but we must keep our ears open to sound advice and godly counsel; this works hand in hand with sound wisdom which enables us to make sound judgments.

The Hebrew word for this word combination “sound wisdom” is tushiyyah (Strong’s #8454). Its definition is: sound, efficient wisdom, abiding success, Or tushiyah { too-shee-yaw’}; from an unused root probably meaning to substantiate; support or (by implication) ability, i.e. (direct) help, (in purpose) an undertaking, (intellectual) understanding — enterprise, that which (thing as it) is, substance, (sound) wisdom, working. (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

In many Bible translations “tushiyyah” is translated as “sound judgment”.

The Biblical definition of JUDGMENT, is The act of judging according to the Word of God; the act or process of the mind in comparing ideas, to find their agreement or disagreement with the Word of God, to ascertain the truth of a matter.

Wise godly judgment (Sound Judgment) must be firmly anchored to and based on the righteous laws and ordinances, every Word  of God. We read here of the fullness of Sound Godly Judgment of the Messiah.

Isaiah 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

Isaiah’s declaration that Christ is going to reign with Godly Righteous Judgment and justice is repeated in many places throughout Scripture; one such place is in Jeremiah 23:

Jeremiah 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

When Mary praised God in the presence of her cousin Elizabeth, for what He had done and what He is going to do, she extolled the wonderful ways that the Lord executes Godly Judgment and justice for His people:

Luke 1:1:46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,  1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 1:48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 1:49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

1:51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 1:52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 1:53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. 1:54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 1:55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

 

The Wisdom of Man and the Wisdom of God

The Bible says there are two kinds of wisdom: there is the wisdom of man and the wisdom of God.

1 Corinthians 1:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 1:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 1:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 1:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 1:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Righteous Moral Judgment comes from God and it is a gift that He gives to His obedient children through the gift of His Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 1:6-7)

The prophet Jeremiah says that it is not in man to know the ways of God [mankind lacks the wisdom to know how to live that leads to blessings and eternal life]. Jeremiah recognizes this within himself and asks God to correct him with God’s merciful judgment and not in His fierce anger. 

Jeremiah 10:23 O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

10:24 O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

As God’s children we too can ask God for what Jeremiah prayed for: to correct us, lead us, guide us and to help us to be wise and to exercise sound judgment like Him. 

 

Education in the Things of God

How do we learn Sound Judgment?

To exercise sound judgment we must first fear [respect and hold in awe] God and then diligently see the knowledge of God and come to know a good Understanding of God’s Word through the experience of living by every Word of  God.  Then we must seek out godly advisers, teachers and Counselors beginning with God and the Word of God and then seeking out people who are faithful and wise in godliness.

All of these things are “Pillars of Wisdom” which have already been covered in this study.

We must take our education in the spiritual things of God very seriously and immerse ourselves into the study of the Word of God to learn all we can in order to live by every Word of God. It is a life-long process and along the way our many life experiences serve as object lessons to further teach us – through personal experience – and give us plenty of opportunities to apply the things we learn from the Word of God.  Our physical lives are a school to teach us the wisdom of God and to come to know that only God’s ways work and that Satan’s ways bring only confusion, misery, and finally death.

If we apply God’s laws and principles and the lessons that we learn from our experiences (and even from our mistakes) and allow God’s Spirit to guide us into the knowledge and grace of our Lord, we will gain wisdom; and not only wisdom that is knowledge but sound wisdom (being able to make sound judgments).

If God is calling us and if we choose to follow and obey Him, we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit and it is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we can come to know and understand the plan of God. 

We are given understanding and wisdom in proportion to how hard we are seeking Him and obeying the things that God has already revealed to us, not just in the letter of the law, but also by applying the deep spiritual intent of God’s laws. As we seek God and abide in Him on a daily basis, the Holy Spirit will not only help us to Remember and Understand God’s Word, it will also empower us to live by every Word of God.

God commands us to live by every Word that comes out of His mouth (Mat 4:4), therefore we must diligently apply ourselves to the work of internalizing all of His Word into ourselves and our character.  As we do so we are internalizing within our character the very nature of God, replacing our own human nature with God’s divine nature. 

We grow in sound wisdom (judgment) by engraving all of God’s laws onto our hearts [in our minds] and then using the whole Word of God as the basis for evaluating and making godly decisions [Sound Godly Judgments] as we go through life.

Sound Godly Judgment means to implement the Word of God in Judgments based on every Word of God ( Matthew 4:4).  Seeking God, diligently studying and living by the Word of God, asking Him for more of His Spirit, abiding in Him, and obeying Him from the heart: is how we grow in the wisdom of God and SOUND JUDGMENT is part of that package.

John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

If we are to learn to judge wisely (which also means to make wise decisions), then it is vitally important that God’s people study and learn all about the laws, ordinances, precepts and statutes of God. Moses laid out the requirements for kings in Deuteronomy 17 to help them to learn and rule by the Word of God.

This applied to the kings and rulers in ancient Israel, but this mandate is even more important for the spiritual called-out sons and daughters of God for He is in the process of molding and fashioning them to qualify for very responsible positions of Kings and Priests in His Kingdom. 

Therefore in the spiritual context, today God commands His children to study His laws and write them not on paper or in stone, but in our hearts and minds!  So that they will know how to wisely implement them as they judge and teach the nations.

The mandate contained in Deuteronomy 17:14-20  is now directed to the Ekklesia to write every Word of God on our hearts and in our minds.  We must never stop learning godliness, we must never stop growing in the grace and Knowledge of our Lord and in Understanding of His Word. It takes diligent effort! (2 Peter 3:18)

Deuteronomy 17:14 When thou art come unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me; 17:15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother. 17:16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the Lord hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. 17:17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold. 

17:18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: 17:19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: 

17:20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.

The Lord gave Joshua a similar command to keep God’s laws and meditate on them day and night to insure that he and the people would have good success in their quest to enter and take control of the Promised Land.

Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 1:6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. 1:7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.

1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Paul commanded Timothy to diligently study God’s Word in order to be a competent minister of the Word rightly dividing [explaining] the Word of Truth.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

To become a successful attorney, a law student has to go to college for many years in order to successfully pass the final Bar Exam that certifies that he is competent enough to “practice law”.  He or she will need to study for many hours all of the books that pertain to the laws, ordinances, and statutes of the land in order to serve in the best interests of his or her clients according to the laws in any given situation. Those attorneys that go on to become judges must be even more proficient in the laws for they must correctly apply them in any given court case; and they must execute justice in all of their judgments.

God’s Word is the constitution of His kingdom and preparing to rule [enforce those laws], or to be priests [teaching those laws] in God’s eternal kingdom involves a life-long education process, and we must see ourselves as students preparing for kingship and the eternal priesthood of Melchizedek, and pursue the knowledge and understanding of every aspect of every Word of God, not just for a few years, but until the end of our days.

There is so much to learn about God and all of His laws, precepts, attributes, mercy, plan for mankind, etc. etc. that it takes a lifetime to internalizee just the tip of the iceberg of all that there is to learn.

 

Just and Fair Judges for the Kingdom

God further instructs those called to be judges or kings and priests or teachers and advisers/counselors, that they must execute absolute justice, showing the same impartiality to rich and poor and to the Israelite and foreigner alike.  Godly Judges are forbidden to accept bribes or to pervert in any way, Sound Judgment based on every Word of God.

Exodus 23:6 Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause. 23:7 Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked. 23:8 And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous.

Deuteronomy 16:19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.

God commands that judges must not let themselves be swayed by the crowds or by popular opinion; and they must not unduly favor the poor or the rich [and they must NOT judge in ways that may be politically correct currently in their society but in fact violate the laws of God!]. This applies to ALL who are in leadership roles including within today’s Ekklesia!

Exodus 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment: 23:3 Neither shalt thou countenance a poor man in his cause.

To clarify what this means in modern terms:

Exodus 23:2 You shall not follow a crowd to do [something] evil, nor shall you testify at a trial or in a dispute so as to side with a crowd in order to pervert justice; 23:3 nor shall you favor or be partial to a poor man in his dispute simply because he is poor. – AMP]

How much more the children of God will need to know the laws and judgments of God in order to teach and to rule when they are given responsibilities of rulership in the Kingdom of God.

The better prepared and educated we are in every aspect of every Word of God, the more qualified we will ultimately be in making righteous judgments, now, in this life, but also, in the Kingdom of God. The underlying purpose of our education and on-the-job training in this life is to become skilled in making sound wise judgments in preparation for a part in God’s kingdom.  

Those who are called before the main harvest, are being trained to make Sound Judgments based on every Word of God as God’s kings and priests, bringing all nations into the family of God. 

Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

We will need to exercise sound judgment in all of our duties as Kings and Priests, therefore it is imperative that we LEARN and PRACTICE as much wisdom as we can, now, while we still have time before Christ returns.

 

Righteous Judgments

Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 

7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Because of this verse and others that speak of not judging others, the concept of judging seems to trip many up about righteous and sound judgment. But what are these verses really saying? And are we to never judge one another; meaning that we must never evaluate (or judge) as to one’s conduct, whether it is acceptable to God and whether one is sinning or not?

How many times have we been told that it is wrong to judge or we are told “we shouldn’t judge one another” and then Matthew 7:1 is quoted along with the other verses in the Bible that seem to inply that we are never to judge our brother? 

This subject of judging is hard for many to understand but as God’s children we must “judge” as to the intent and the context in these verses and understand what Christ is really saying about judgment.

Romans 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Think about it: Is Christ saying that we must never judge others as to whether they are outside of God’s laws or whether they are, in fact, a true child or even a true minister of God?

This just does not make sense for then this would mean that we could never evaluate whether a person’s conduct or teachings are acceptable to God, and we would be led astray by every false teacher that comes along! 

If we are not to judge then this leaves us vulnerable to all the whims of persons who could be very dangerous (physically or spiritually)! This idea (that we are never to judge others) is an attempt to produce a very non-judgmental atmosphere in which anything goes and anyone can say, do, or teach, anything they want without fear of being “judged”.

We see the insanity of this false concept of judging being played out more and more in our modern day society that demands that no one judge others, no matter how far-out their conduct, life-style, or beliefs are. 

Those who call into question the actions of others (even when those actions pose harm), are hypocritically “judged” as bigoted and intolerant. In this way our society wants us to believe that nothing is right and wrong (except for the ones who say that there is right and wrong).

In determining what Christ is really saying in this passage in Matthew 7 we must put together ALL the scriptures on the subject of judging to come to a complete and proper understanding of those things that may appear unclear to us. 

When we put the Scriptures together and determine the text surrounding the mandate that “we are not to judge” we are able to clear up the misunderstanding.

In another place Jesus tells us that we ARE TO JUDGE, but that we must judge with RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT! How are we to reconcile the seemingly opposing commands?

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

To judge is to discern, to distinguish, to consider accurately for the purpose of forming an opinion or conclusion.  And to RIGHTEOUSLY judge, all of our judgments must be in accordance to every Word of God which is the righteousness of God. 

To judge righteously is to separate out the evil from what God says is righteous. Righteousness is the keeping of every Word of God.

Psalm 119:172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  

How can sin be reproved if we close our eyes to sin and not judge a matter to be sinful? 

Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 19:8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 19:9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

The commandments, statutes, precepts, instructions and ordinances contained in God’s Word are an expression of the righteousness of God and they make wise the simple. All of God’s Word can be described as a lamp that lights up the way He wants us to live:

Psalm 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

God is our light and in Him is no darkness:

1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

1 John 2:5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

Thus every Word of God is the righteousness of God and they will direct us in the way of sound wisdom.

David understood the blessings of walking in the righteous Word of God and that all of God’s judgments are GOOD. Psalm 119 is a prayer to God by David that He would guide him into keeping all of God’s precepts and judgments.

Psalm 119:1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. 119:2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. 119:3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. 119:4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. 119:5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

Psalm 119:35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. 119:36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. 

119:37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. 119:38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. 119:39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. 119:40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. 119:41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.

Psalm 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

Psalm 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.

Pslam119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

Psalm 119:174 I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight. 119:175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.

To make right choices that are in compliance with the Word of God a person MUST judge. 

Judge not, that ye be not judged”  said Jesus in Matthew 7:1. There are many people who think that it is always wrong to judge another person’s conduct and/or lifestyle choices.

But as we read in the above quoted Scriptures it is important that we judge all situations based upon the righteousness of God as contained in His Word including whether or not a person’s behavior is congruent with God’s laws and His teachings. 

It is vitally important that when we observe the conduct and attitudes of others, (as well as our own conduct and attitude) that we compare them against the standard of God’s righteousness and then choose what we are going to do based on the Word of God; and to do so is of course judging.

Paul writes: I Corinthians 11:1 “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ“. Which means that we are to follow Paul [or any other] only as he faithfully follows Christ. The converse is also true; that we must not follow Paul [or anyone else] in any points in which he is not following Christ.  This requires a judgment as to whether a person if faithful to God or not, before we chose to follow that person or not.

Paul also wrote:

Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

God through the apostle John tells the church in Ephesus:

Revelation 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

How can we imitate someone only as they imitate Christ, unless we judge that they are indeed intimating Christ? How do we test those who say that they are apostles (or evangelists or pastors or teachers or any kind of servant of God) to know if they are impostors or not?

It is like the bank teller who is so familiar with what a genuine 20 dollar bill looks like, that she can instantly spot a counterfeit; but in order to do so she compares the counterfeit with the standard of what a genuine bill looks like and if a bill does not conform to the genuine then she instantly judges that it is an “impostor”.

It is absolutely necessary that we judge everything as to whether it measures up to God’s righteousness! As God’s children it is our responsibility to judge. 

We are to judge even apostles and church leaders and and our ministers; there is nothing wrong in judging them just as Paul and John point out. 

Paul also has this to say about how we are to judge each other for we will be judging in God’s kingdom and it behooves us to know how to judge even the smallest of matters amongst ourselves as part of our training in this present age:

1 Corinthians 6:16 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 6:4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 6:5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 6:6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.

How do we reconcile the verses that warn us not to judge one another (Matthew 7:1; Romans 14:3 and James 4:11-12) with the ones that tell us that we absolutely must judge one another?

The discrepancy is in the HOW we are to judge and in the treatment of others that we must evaluate. Judging is a necessary part of being a member of Christ’s body but it must be done correctly in humility and fairness with outgoing concern for those we must judge.

Paul himself shows us an example of what it means to judge righteously; consider Paul’s judgment of the member in the Corinthian congregation who was sinning with his own step-mother.

1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. 5:2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 5:3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 

5:4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

It was reported to Paul that this man was sinning and based on the testimony of some of the members in Corinth he made an instant judgment. 

Paul judged this man but it was righteous judgment because it involved putting a stop to a sin that was spreading throughout the congregation like a cancer, therefore it was a judgment in [agape] love for all concerned, even the one who was sinning.

It was Paul who wrote in Romans 14:4, “Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth…. and in Romans 14:10 “But why dost thou  judge thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

Was the incident in Corinthians a contradiction to what he told those in Rome? No, the spiritual and moral welfare of the congregation was being threatened by blatant sin and therefore judgment was necessary to curtail it. 

This was also to protect the sinner, for by judging him Paul gave him a chance to repent. This sinning man later did repent and he was restored to the fellowship and was saved from eternal consequences.

This was a clear case of sound judgment on Paul’s part and we are to follow in his example.

When the Bereans heard the Gospel from Paul and Silas they received their message but searched the Scriptures to ensure that what they were being taught by these two men was in accordance with God’s Word.

The people of Berea were commended for checking up on these men even though they were apostles. And that is what we all are called to do, which involves sound judgment and is God’s wisdom.

Acts: 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Before determining whether we want to imitate another person’s behavior or believe what he is teaching, we must evaluate (judge) his conduct and/or what he teaches.

Let’s look at the context of what Jesus was talking about when He said: “Judge not that you be not judged”.

Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Here Christ says that if we judge (meaning the kind that is self-righteous and condemning of others), likewise we will be condemned (or judged) in the same way.

The Greek word for “judge” in verse 1 is krinó (Strong’s # 2919) and can mean different aspects of what it is to judge. The definition in Strong’s Concordance is: decree, determine, judge Properly, to distinguish, i.e. Decide (mentally or judicially); by implication, to try, condemn, punish — avenge, conclude, condemn, damn, decree, determine, esteem, judge, go to (sue at the) law, ordain, call in question, sentence to, think. (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

If we read carefully this Matthew 7 passage we see that Jesus is inferring that we need to be very careful in our judging of others and what He has to say in the verses following the mandate not to judge is indicative of what he means. The following Amplified Version shows more clearly what this is saying when it says we are “not to judge, that we be not judged”:

 “Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority], so that you will not be judged [unfairly].  For just as you [hypocritically] judge others [when you are sinful and unrepentant yourself], so will you be judged; and in accordance with your standard of measure, judgment will be measured to you.  

Why do you look at the [insignificant] speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice and acknowledge the [egregious] log that is in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye?  

You hypocrite, first get the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5 AMP)

Jesus is warning that we must not judge others without first examining our own conduct to see if we too are sinning; meaning we must not be hypocrites!

He says that we are to remove the speck out of our own eye before we can tell others what they must do. “Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.”

We are never to judge unfairly or according to our own preconceived ideas of what righteousness is apart from God’s Word. We are never to be overly harsh or to impose on others what we ourselves refuse to do. That is what the Pharisees did:

Matthew 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

In addition, we must call people to repentance and never condemn, for God is their ultimate JUDGE with the wisdom to condemn.  It is also important to remember that we are all brethren and fellow servants of Christ. 

In Romans 14 Paul asserts that it is God who is the real judge as far as ultimately condemning or upholding a brother or sister. We are not to judge in ways that attempt to usurp the place of God.

Romans 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

In addition, our judgment may be often times distorted because we just do not have all the facts, or we may have certain preferences and biases that could cloud the issue. There, again, we need to use wisdom and we need to be praying constantly for God to help us to know the difference.

There WILL be times when we must evaluate the conduct of others but in these verses Jesus and Paul are saying that we are not permitted the right of condemning a fellow servant as if we were their master. We are not to act as if we are the overlords as Peter teaches even the elders (1 Peter 5:1-3). 

There is a proper protocol when it comes to approaching a brother when we see that he is sinning and Jesus tells us what the proper protocol is in various Scriptures (such as Matthew 18). But we must never be condemning and we must always use respect and courtesy when we do have to warn or correct a sinning brother.

If we do have to approach a brother or sister we must do so in a spirit of humility. It may be that we need to first go to them with the intent of getting more information for it could be that we are not understanding as to why he or she is doing or saying something that we think is wrong. 

Perhaps we just misunderstood them and if we are first willing to gently talk to them about the situation, perhaps there was no sin involved at all, we just misunderstood them. In this way we can clear things up without getting into any kind of confrontation. 

But even then we are exercising sound judgment as to whether we should or should not approach him, even this is to judge. Again, Jesus also said “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24).  (See also Isaiah 11:3-4 again)

When we put all the Scriptures together including the following ones we can come to see what true righteous judgment is all about when it comes to going to a sinning brother. 

There is a wrong way to judge and then there is the right way to judge and as God’s children we must learn to distinguish between the two, and seek to be sound minded (with the mind of Christ) when it comes to judging.

Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

James 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Judging is an integral part of what it means to use sound wisdom. We cannot avoid judging. To do so would be sin for we are to separate ourselves from evil persons and false teachers; we are to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; we are responsible to a certain extent of being our brothers keepers in the sense of warning them of their need to repent and turn back to God; and we must alert others to danger when there is flagrant violation of the law wherever that may be. In the very same chapter just after warning about judging Jesus then tells us:

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

The ability to judge is also a protection mechanism against wolves that appear to be one of the Ekklesia but who are secretly being used of Satan to shipwreck the faith of the brethren. Therefore it is vitally important that we come to the proper understanding of what Jesus meant when He said “judge not”. 

When we put all the Scriptures together the meaning becomes clear: We are to guard ourselves from judging with a self-righteous attitude or sharp-tongued criticism and condemnation. Instead, we are to judge righteously with love, mercy, quickness to forgive, and with the motive of helping to restore a sinning brother rather than be so quick to condemn him.

Thus what some teach: That we are to be absolutely neutral and tolerant regarding moral issues is not sound judgment at all; this is pure folly. 

In other parts of the Sermon on the Mount we are taught how to love to our neighbors (and even our enemies ) in the very spiritual intent of God’s commandments (Matthew 5-7). Therefore we must apply these principles whenever we do have to judge the conduct of a sinning neighbor or brother. 

Therefore “Judge not, that you be not judged” is a warning against showing the kind of condemning  judgment that most people in the world extend to others. 

We are to love our neighbors as ourselves; which means to treat them as we ourselves would want to be treated and we must judge and then correct others according to the bar that God sets and not our own.

When it is necessary to go to our brother, we must do so with the intent and attitude of deep love and concern for the one we are judging. Further more, we must clean up our own act before we can approach someone else and we must always be meek and humble realizing that we too have weaknesses.

We cannot see the whole picture of any given situation as God sees it and our experience, perception and understanding are often very limited; plus it is very difficult to see into a person’s heart. As we can see this whole process of judging takes a lot of wisdom and it takes a very spiritually mature person to always get it right!

Paul gives this advice in how we are to treat all men and this too is sound wisdom in action:

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

God’s Word is the Wisdom of God and it is utmost wisdom to live by every Word of God.

Following in all of God’s ways will lead us along the beautiful path of wisdom; the path that will eventually take us into the Promised Land of eternal life if we remain faithful; but if we pursue the path of folly along with the rest of the foolish people of the world it will only lead to pain and misery.

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Wisdom says; Proverbs 8:8-11All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.  Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.” 

Solomon further writes in this chapter:

Proverbs 8:15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.  8:16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

Who are these kings and princes whose reigns are founded upon the wisdom of God? Solomon is talking about the kings that were to rule in ancient Israel, but as we know, Solomon’s sayings and teaching are also directed to God’s spiritual children, those who would make up the Ekklesia down through the ages. This verse then is also referring to the future kings and priests that God is preparing to be with Him in His Kingdom. 

In Revelation the apostle John envisions the kings of the earth that are glorious in the Holy City. Only those who have the wisdom of God can be spoken of in such a way. Only a very few kings have reigned by the wisdom of God in these last six thousand years and even then it was sporadic and limited. 

The kings of this age do not have God’s wisdom and therefore they have no glory; thus this must be speaking of the those who qualify to reign with Christ in the soon coming Millennium and beyond.

What a glorious future we have if we are willing to passionately seek God and to live by His wisdom while we have life in this present age. Notice what John has to say about the kings of the earth in a soon coming time when the leaders (kings and priests) will be walking completely in the WISDOM of God! The apostle John says that they bring their glory and honor to it (the earth).  What a wonderful vision of the future Kingdom of God on earth!

Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 21:25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

 21:26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Seek WISDOM with all your heart for it will lead you in the way of righteousness and to inherit the everlasting spiritual riches that this world knows nothing of.

Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. 8:18 Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. 8:19 My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. 

8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: 8:21 That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 2:8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.

Some teach that we should not judge because they know that they do not live by and teach every Word of God and they want to conceal the fact that they are leading the brethren astray.  They would have us close our eyes and minds to God’s Word and thoughtlessly believe everything that we are told so that we will be the more easily led astray.

Brethren, God’s eternal priests will teach the righteousness of every Word of God and they will teach the people and will judge with sound judgment, and yes today’s Sabbath pollution by the Ekklesia will be ended forever 

Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern [teach to judge what is godly and what is not] between the unclean and the clean.  44:24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.

People resurrected to spirit will teach and  judge the people  How can they judge if they do not learn to make godly sound judgments now in his life?  

Malachi 3:17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern [judge] between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Being of a sound mind and pursuing God’s wisdom in making wise sound righteous judgments in all that we do, based on every Word of God, NOW in this life; will keep us from being led astray and will qualify us to do the same thing in offices of responsibility over the nations after the resurrection. 

 

Matthew 7

We are not to condemn others based on our own prejudices, rather we are to let God’s Word judge all men, including ourselves.

7:1 Judge [condemn] not, that ye be not judged. 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

The word “judge” here is a reference to “condemning” others according to our own prejudices and does not refer  to making a judgment based on God’s Word about participating in the sins of others. We are to prove all things and that is making a judgment based on the Word of God about the scriptural veracity of a teaching or its error.

We can judge that some who blaspheme are sinning, because God has said: “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain”. That is not condemning, it is making a judgment call as to whether this action is right or not according to the Word of God.  It is God who has given the commandment,  and it is God who knows the heart and who will make the final judgment. Verse 3 is about hypocrisy. 

Will we judge others for those things that we ourselves are guilty of?  Let us first zealously keep God’s Word before telling others to do so.  Today the Ekklesia is full of hypocrisy for teaching that the Sabbaths are holy and then routinely polluting them.

7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Examine ourselves first and then approach the sinner in love and hope, that you may be of help to him in his overcoming; do not say “thou wicked man I condemn you”. Do say “My friend the scriptures say such and such, and warn him in love.

Yet to the willful and unrepentant sinner, who insists on compromising with God’s law and tolerating sin, AFTER several warnings,

Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 3:11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

1 Timothy 5:10 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. 5:11 Them [the elders] that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Do not waste your time sharing the precious pearls of God with these who reject them. Give the warning message and if it is rejected then move on. Those in the Ekklesia who reject the things of God, do not belong in the Assembly and should go elsewhere.

Matthew 10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

Speaking of understanding of the Word of God; if we are faithful to KEEP what we learn, then God will steadily increase our understanding; but if we do not passionately KEEP what we know of God’s Word; we quench God’s spirit and will receive nothing more and will lose what we have.

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

If you diligently seek and ask for the things of God, being willing to put them into practice; they will be given to you. Perhaps not everything that we want immediately, but God will give in his good time and wisdom.

7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

God our Father knows what we need both spiritually and physically. He will provide as long as we are doers of his will.

7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Serve God with all your hearts and do good to others; that is the will of God.

7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Few have the dedication to follow through with enduring and overcoming to become part of the chosen. God wants Kings and Priests for offices of responsibility for all eternity. He must be certain of our fidelity to him; therefore let us put him and his Kingdom FIRST at all times, and be passionate DOERS of his commandments. that you may have a part in the bride of Christ!

Like a marriage; salvation is a duel effort. God the Father must call people to the Son, and open our minds to Him and his Word; yet WE must respond!  Jesus Christ as the espoused Husband leads and enables, but those who want a part in the collective bride must FOLLOW HIM!

We MUST sincerely repent and We MUST commit to keeping God’s Word; to “Go and sin NO more!”

We MUST make every possible effort to overcome; and we MUST diligently seeks God’s help!

We are called to a marriage to Christ!  A marriage is a TEAM effort; two uniting as one. We as a part of the collective bride MUST do our part and that part is to follow Christ and obey God the Father; and we NEED their help to accomplish that!

We overcome through the power of Christ living in us through the indwelling of God’s spirit; we must also be willing to follow Christ and God’s spirit as it leads us to live by every Word of God.

The big problem in religion today is that people do not follow Christ and do not diligently live by every Word of God, instead they do what is right in their own eyes.  We have become righteous in our own eyes! and are wicked in the eyes of Almighty God, by doing what we think is right; instead of doing what God says is right!

Our part is NOT to do what WE think is right! Our part is to do what God SAYS is right.

We are to seek to grow in knowledge and understanding of God’s ways; we are to seek to become like God the Father with ALL our hearts minds and strength; but not ALONE! We are also to seek God’s help, diligently and consistently; for we ultimately can overcome ONLY by God’s power.

As God delivered Israel out of Egypt, he can and will deliver us out of the bondage of sin! 

Christ overcame this world, he WILL overcome this world living in you! Even in Egypt Israel had to follow God out of bondage! So we must be willing to follow God in whatever he commands; that is our part.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

IF we loved God: We would DO what God says!

We must be willing followers of Christ and willing DOERS of God the Father’s commandments; for the sacrifice of Christ the very Lamb of God will ONLY be applied to the repentant who are committed DOERS of God’s law [Acts 5:32)!

Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Yes we have our part; we MUST be willing DOERS of the law!  We must diligently seek out God with all our hearts; and we MUST serve God ONLY!  and not idols of men with their false traditions!  When we are tempted to compromise with God’s commandments we must boldly declare in the name of Jesus Christ:

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, GET THEE HENCE, SATAN: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Yes we do have our part, yet we cannot do it alone!

We MUST seek our God with all our might, follow him in all things, trust and obey him alone and serve him with passionate love! We must ASK for his spirit of power to overcome, we MUST diligently seek knowledge of his ways and apply what we learn as we learn.

We must reject temptation the second it rears its ugly head and hide ourselves in the armor of God.

We must fight the good fight, but if we rely on our Mighty One we are not alone in that fight against temptation, compromise and sin!

Alone we will fail, for we are no match for Satan the god-king of this world, but TOGETHER with our Awesome Beloved Father; the god-king of this world is NO match for us!

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

It is our FAITH in our Great God, married to the action of faithfully FOLLOWING Him and living by His every Word, that makes us strong!  It is our faithful service to our God which brings deliverance for us!

The whole armor of God is there for us; but we MUST put it on: We must USE it!

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

We MUST fight the good fight against the wickedness warring against us, USING all the help and strength that God provides!

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

We MUST fight to overcome, but we shall overcome by the power and righteousness of God the Father and Christ dwelling in and strengthening us; actually living in us through the Spirit of God!

Ephesians 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Righteousness IS the keeping of all of God’s commandments! We MUST live in and by the truth of God, which is every WORD of God.

Ephesians 6:16 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

The Gospel of peace between God and man, is the Gospel of repentance and reconciliation to God. It is sincere repentance, an unshakable commitment to faithful obedience; and the gift of atonement, reconciliation and empowerment with God’s Spirit of power and a sound mind; which enables us to overcome.

We MUST DO our part and God will DO his!

Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

If we are filled with faith in the strength of our God; and we depend and put our TRUST in our God and His Word, rejecting any temptation to compromise with God’s law; God WILL deliver us.

Brethren, it is this lack of faith which has caused us to compromise with the commandments; and to turn the Gospel message of warning and repentance into a lukewarm business model inoffensive message. This in turn offends Jesus Christ and we will be rejected by him until we repent.

Each year at Passover time we study the mighty miracles that Christ performed for his people; and then we go and compromise with God’s ways out of fear of persecution or lust for mammon!

2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Ephesians 5:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Let us cover ourselves with the gift of salvation; given to the sincerely  repentant diligent commandment keeper; and fight the good fight, wielding the TRUTH, the WORD of God; which is the sword of the Sprit; for God is truth and his Spirit shall:

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:

Yes we MUST DO our part, yet we NEED God’s HELP!  We cannot overcome ALONE!

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

A wolf feeds himself first, and ravages the flock.

Ezekiel 34 the entire chapter is about those shepherds in BOTH physical and spiritual Israel who are wolves and feed themselves with all the good things of the flock while neglecting to feed the flock with the truth is due season.

Those who are  political and seek the chief seats, who seek self aggrandizement and personal advantage; are the wolves hiding among the sheep. Today there are very many wolves who do not feed the sheep the true Gospel of: warning, repentance, and diligent faithful obedience to God and salvation. Which is the way of life, the very Word of God, and the way to salvation.

Ezekiel 34:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

If any man teaches tolerance for sin out of a phony false love; if any elder tolerates sin [the breaking of God’s commandments, not the breaking of some organizational edict] without rebuke; if any organization does not preach a message of warning and repentance to the world; They are corrupt branches that will be pruned off at the judgment!

The True Good Shepherd feeds the flock with the words of truth; with the teachings that lead to salvation; strongly rebuking all sin. We are to follow that true Good Shepherd with the diligent KEEPING of the whole Word of God, so that the whole flock internalizes God the Father and the Son; growing into a full spiritual unity with God!

John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

Matthew 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

The good tree is that Good Shepherd who is working to bring the whole flock into a fullness of unity with Christ and the Father! We are to follow that Good Shepherd who gave his all, his very life for the Father’s flock and did not seek his own.

We are to follow that example that was set for us, and faithfully serve the Father by feeding his flock with the very Word of God, the very nature of God; without fear or compromise; regardless of what men think or do.

There are some good shepherds among you even now, who teach the true way of salvation and are alert watchmen discerning the signs of the times. They may be kept down, ridiculed and even persecuted by others, yet the Father will reward them.

Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?

12:43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

12:44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

The evil servant.

Luke 12:45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;

To abuse others and seek his own pleasures.

12:46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

You shall know the good shepherds by their love of God and their diligent keeping and teaching of the commandments of God and by their diligence to do the will of HIM who called them.

Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

Those who internalize the nature of God the Father and Jesus Christ; who become one with them in total spiritual unity, through a deep love for God and all the things of God, those who love the passionate keeping of all of their commandments and who set a good example of godliness and FEED THE FLOCK with the good pasture of the Word, watering them with the Spirit of Godliness, are building on the foundation of the Word of God: Which shall NEVER be moved.

Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

Matthew 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

The words of Christ are not taught  today, because they are NOT KEPT!  It is because the Word of God exposes the many false shepherds among us!  It is because the Word of God cuts sharply into the very heart and spirit of our organizations and convicts us of our sins and egocentric complacency; and our lack of Christ centeredness; exposing our almost total lack of Christ-like zeal for God the Father’s will and ways!

Jesus Christ stands at the door of each of those called to him; knocking (Rev 3), calling us to repent of our self righteous idolizing of our own ways; calling us to a diligent dedicated passionate obedience to the commandments of God; calling us to a zeal for the keeping of God’s Word and instructions; calling us to sincerely repent of our self seeking embracing of worldliness.

 

The wolves pretend to feed the flock; the better to ravish them.

It is only by reading and doing these words of Christ, that we begin to learn to discern between the holy and the profane; between the wolves and the true shepherds and sheep; for truly the wolves do disguise themselves diligently, and can only be discerned through a proving of all things by the scriptures.

Matthew 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: 7:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Christ had the authority of the Word of God, because he taught, stood on and lived that Word!

Any person who teaches the very Word of God, has the authority of the Word that he teaches.

Christ said to keep the Father’s commandments!  Christ’s authority was of God the Father, because he stood on and taught what the Father had commanded him!

As long as he taught what the Father had commanded; Christ was speaking in the Name Of, and by the Authority Of: The very King of the Universe!

John 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.

I also have absolutely NO authority whatsoever!  and neither does any man; no matter if ordained or not; and regardless of what office they claim! 

Yet, if what is said is the truth, then it has the inherent authority of that truth!  Therefore judge the words of ALL men by the whole Word of Almighty God!

Constance Belanger and James Malm

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