Part 3: The Hope of Christians: God Is The Judge


In the name of God Master of the Universe, Ruler of the earth


As we continue to explore the impact of Judge/Judgment on the Church we again note that the definitive qualities of judge/Judgment are very important. Thus for the sake of clarity and understanding we maintain that God only has the power to judge the people of the world. Therefore we ask you the reader to use criticize criticism and evaluate/evaluation and identification in place Judge/judgment.


Thus in the Biblical sense we state that the act of Judging is an act of power. It also means a judgment of Heaven or Hell. So since man does not have this power he only evaluates and criticizes. However he must gear his evaluation in a manner of help and compassion and not malice and hate.


The following scripture will give us a firm foundation for a better understanding of God’s judgment and man's evaluation.


I Corinthians 4: 5 “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest he counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.”


The Christian evaluation, if there is a need to take one, is never based on if someone is a better servant of God. This only serves to puff up the evaluator up with pride with thoughts of being a better servant. God knows the heart of all of humankind and he will make the judgment in due time.


However the Apostle Paul teaches us in his letter to the Corinthian Church that we have a responsibility to help those who are sinning. How can you help those that commit certain acts if you don’t identify it? In I Corinthians 5: 12-13 Paul writes:


“For what have I to do to Judge thee also that are without?" Do not ye Judge them that are within?”


“But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away form among yourselves that wicked person.”


The Bible notes consistent scripture on how criticism should be used in the church. Also the Bible is clear on our responsibility to evaluate and deal with sin that hurts others. Thus the Apostle Paul gives us instructions on how to deal with open sin in the church in the two previously mentioned scriptures.


These scriptures note that a person in the church who professes to be a Christian yet sins without remorse should be confronted and disciplined with love. What have to do means “I have nothing to do with evaluating those outside the church?” Therefore the church is not officially responsible for those who are already of the world and will become a part of the world by being excluded from the church.


God will judge all of humankind and only those in the fellowship of the church are subject of the discipline of the church.


Paul reveals the expected coming Judgment of God by those who are faithful. Here we see Paul noting that those who are faithful understand and know of the crown of victory that await all believers In I timothy  4: 6-8 we see the following:


“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.”


“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.


Cont. Part 4: What Is Judge Not, That Ye Be Not Judged?


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