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

John 8- Jesus as Judge?{blog}
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