Shell Playlist: To Know You

Jesus Came to Save NOT Judge!

John 3:17 NASB … For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

John 8:15 NASB … You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone.

John 12:47 NASB … If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.

When questioning false teaching I’ve often been told “Jesus came to earth to save, not judge! We should do likewise. As long as we focus on salvation and saving the world we are doing what Jesus commanded.” Is this true? Let’s look at where the above verses appear.

John 3:18-21 NASB … He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.

Jesus’ mission is salvation, this is why He came. Those who believe are saved; however, notice that those who do not believe ARE under judgement. Also notice that those who are saved come to the Light by practicing truth.

John 12:44-48 NASB … And Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, does not believe in Me but in Him who sent Me. 45 He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me. 46 I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.

Notice that it’s the teachings of Jesus that “judge”. Rejecting Jesus’ teaching{accepting false teaching} causes judgement.

What about John 8 – Jesus did not “judge” the woman caught in adultery; therefore we should not judge!

John 8:11 NASB … And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”

Jesus did not condemn this woman caught in adultery –> does this mean that He did not “judge” her? That He does not judge us?

From NetBible Jn 8:11

  • condemn[2632] = to give judgment against, to judge worthy of punishment

From NetBible Jn 8:15

  • judge[2919] = to preside over with the power of giving judicial decisions –> to condemn, punish or vindicate, set free

*What is the meaning of Jesus’ statement “I do not judge anyone”? It is clear that Jesus did judge (even in the next verse). The point is that he didn’t practice the same kind of judgment that the Pharisees did. Their kind of judgment was condemnatory. They tried to condemn people. Jesus did not come to judge the world, but to save it (3:17). Nevertheless, and not contradictory to this, the coming of Jesus did bring judgment, because it forced people to make a choice. Would they accept Jesus or reject him? Would they come to the light or shrink back into the darkness? As they responded, so were they judged – just as 3:19-21 previously stated. One’s response to Jesus determines one’s eternal destiny.

Jesus stating “Neither do I condemn you” indicates that He did judge the woman caught in adultery and decided not to punish her. As the footnote in v15 indicates – Jesus did not practice the same kind of judgement as the Pharisees.

John 9:39 NASB … And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”

John 8:12 NASB … Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

Jesus commands the following.

John 7:24 NASB … Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.

 

Summary of Refusing to Judge(apply God’s word)

  • A log remains in your eye causing you to see unclearly -Mt 7;3
  • You can not help your brother remove the speck from his eye  -Mt 7:3
  • Your hearing becomes dull -He 5:11
  • You do not mature -He 5:12
  • You need someone else to teach you basic principles in God’s word -He 5:12
  • You need some one else to help you discern good from evil -He 5:14
  • You will not know who or how to present God’s word -Mt 7:6
  • You are building on sand and in danger of being swept away -Mt 7:24-28

Related:
John 8- Jesus as Judge?{blog}
Refusing to Judge – Judge Not!{blog}

Shell Playlist: All in All

 

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Exodus 33:14-23 NASB
14 And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 Then he said to Him, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. 16 For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?”

17 The Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing of which you have spoken; for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name.” 18 Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” 19 And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” 20 But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” 21 Then the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; 22 and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.”

Exodus 34:5-9 NASB
5 The Lord descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the Lord. 6 Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; 7 who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” 8 Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship. 9 He said, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your own possession.”

1 Corinthians 10:4 NASB
4 and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.

Declaring/knowing/’seeing’ The Lord’s glory, mercy, grace, longsuffering {slow to anger}, goodness, truth, forgiveness, greatness, justice and righteousness are part of  “standing on the Rock of Christ” proclaiming/knowing/’seeing’ His name!

Related:
Proclaim the Name of the Lord{blog}
Presence{article}

Shell Playlist: Hungry

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2S4mspzrEOHjM9NZX6UIfSlxtOzQ_qF_

We come to the Lord hungry and find that He is more than enough to satisfy us… The Lord is so good, we cannot keep from singing His praises!  We sing to Him because He is a great God and we find comfort and salvation in Christ alone… We ask Him to cleanse us and give us pure hearts so that we can go with Him into eternity, laying all we have at His feet.

Scripture:
Psalm 24;Rev 5

The Gamaliel Approach

Usually if a ‘move of God’ is questioned or if someone with the gift of discernment raises concern about the spirits behind the move, ‘The Gamaliel Approach’ is often quoted: do not assess it or criticise it or take action about it, and if it is not of God it will die out by itself in time and fail. Do not ‘judge’, wait to see the results.

Is this biblical?? Lets look at where this occurs in scripture.

Acts 5:33-42
Gamaliel’s Counsel

33 But when they heard this, they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men. 36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.

40 They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. 41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

Does this councel line up with the rest of scripture?

  • Notice that this councels to “judge” based on results instead of the word of God.

    We as christians are commanded to test under the direction of the Holy Spirit using the word of God, the sword of the Spirit (1Jn 4:1;Acts 17:11;Eph 6:17).

    The King’s sword, the word of God is a basic tool of discernment. (1 Ki 3:24; He 4:12)

  • Also notice who Gamaliel was – a Pharisee => is his councel really directed by the Holy Spirit?  Notice v4o – the disciples are ordered not to speak in the name of Jesus.

Related:
The Gamaliel Approach{foxes}
Twisted Scripture Refuted

The Gamaliel Approach{foxes}

Usually if a ‘move of God’ is questioned or if someone with the gift of discernment raises concern about the spirits behind the move, ‘The Gamaliel Approach’ is often quoted: do not assess it or criticise it or take action about it, and if it is not of God it will die out by itself in time and fail. Do not ‘judge’, wait to see what kind of fruit is produced!

Is this biblical?? Lets look at where this occurs in scripture.

“When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them (the apostles) to death. But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. Then he addressed them: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God. ” (Acts 5:33-39)

We see that Gamaliel was not a Christian, he was a zealous Jew opposed to Christianity on the persecutor’s side. Gamaliel was not inspired by the Holy Spirit or a friend of God.

So is this sound advice??

Gamaliel had the apostles flogged and ordered the apostles not to speak in the name of Jesus in the very next verse 40! Also consider the foxes.

Song of Solomon 2:15
Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, while our vineyards are in blossom.

I was thinking about little foxes when I noticed that they ruin the vineyard not when there are grapes on the vine — but when the vineyards are in blossom or bloom. This struck me because I’d always thought these foxes wanted to ‘eat’ grapes. Vineyards in blossom have no fruit!

I found an explanation in the following commentary …

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary15. Transition to the vineyard, often formed in “stairs” (So 2:14), or terraces, in which, amidst the vine leaves, foxes hid.

foxes-generic term, including jackals. They eat only grapes, not the vine flowers; but they need to be driven out in time before the grape is ripe. She had failed in watchfulness before (So 1:6); now when converted, she is the more jealous of subtle sins (Ps 139:23). In spiritual winter certain evils are frozen up, as well as good; in the spring of revivals these start up unperceived, crafty, false teachers, spiritual pride, uncharitableness, &c. (Ps 19:12; Mt 13:26; Lu 8:14; 2Ti 2:17; Heb 12:15). “Little” sins are parents of the greatest (Ec 10:1; 1Co 5:6). Historically, John the Baptist spared not the fox-like Herod (Lu 13:32), who gave vine-like promise of fruit at first (Mr 6:20), at the cost of his life; nor the viper-Sadducees, &c.; nor the varied subtle forms of sin (Lu 3:7-14).

The time to prepare for the harvest is when the vineyard is in bloom, before the fruit becomes visible.

Little Foxes Become Full Grown

Some observations
* Song 2:15 is about ‘Little Foxes’
These foxes ‘eat’ grapes
The time to deal with them is when they are small — before the fruit appears
If they are not dealt with, they grow up and become full grown foxes

* Ezekeil 13 is about full grown Foxes
Full grown foxes are false prophets who propesy out of their own
… imaginations
They have grown unchalleneged and undealt with to such an extent that
… they are no longer connected to the Head Col 2:18-19😦

Instead of dealing with the error or false teachings/prophesies, a whitewash has occurred.

Ezek 13:10-12
… when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, 11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. 12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?”

Related:
Twisted Scripture Refuted

 

Transformed Hearts

From ODB Transformed Hearts:
TransformedHearts

Proverbs 4:23 AMP
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.

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From ODB Uncertain Times:

Philippians 4:7 AMP
And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Heavenly Father, You are all-wise, all-powerful, and
all-loving. In the midst of uncertainties, help me to
rest in the certainty of who You are. I thank You
that Your peace will guard my heart. I place my trust in You.

Isaiah 26:3 AMP
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.