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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}

Fruit of the Spirit

From: Guideposts
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Galatians 5:22

A Time to Think

God’s friendship is the unexpected joy we find when we reach His outstretched hand. –Janet L. Weaver Smith, writer

A Time to Act

Confidently trust God to handle things beyond your efforts.

A Time to Pray

Heavenly Father, please help me face each day with grace and appreciation for the blessings of Your love.

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study 20 and recap 19

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study 22 & recap 21

study 23 recap 22 and communion

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study 27 in pdf and recao 26 plus additions

Tongues is a Sign

1 Corinthians 14:1-4,22 NASB

Prophecy a Superior Gift
1 Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2 For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries. 3 But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation. 4 One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church. …
… 22 So then tongues are for a sign, not to those who believe but to unbelievers; but prophecy is for a sign, not to unbelievers but to those who believe.

Tongues is a sign for unbelievers NOT believers
=> it is not designed to be a “test” of Holy Spirit baptism
=> if it was, wouldn’t it also be a sign to believers?

Prophecy is a sign for believers
=> to edify, exhort and console

From NetBible 1 Cor 14:3

  • edification[3619] = building up
    => the act of one who promotes another’s growth in Christian wisdom, piety, happiness, holiness
  • exhortation[3874] = to admonish, encourage, instruct/ teach
    *from [3870] = to admonish, encourage, instruct/ teach
  • consolation[3619] = to comfort/ calm

Titus 1:9 AMP
9 He must hold fast to the sure and trustworthy Word of God as he was taught it, so that he may be able both to give stimulating instruction and encouragement [3870] in sound (wholesome) doctrine and to refute and convict those who contradict and oppose it [showing the wayward their error].

From NetBible Titus 1:9

=> exhortation is not just for encouragement, it’s also for correction

  • encouragement[3870] = to admonish, exhort, instruct/ teach
  • refute[1651] = convict, admonish, reprehend severely, show on his fault

Speaking in Tongues

Acts 2:1-5 NASB

The Day of Pentecost
1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.

5 Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own language.

Notes:

  • They were” altogether in one place”
  • A “real” human language was understood
  • Did anyone “lay hands”?
  • There are 2 things going on here – speaking and hearing
    => speaking in tongues & interpretation
    => wouldn’t everyone speaking at once sound like babble without the gift of interpretation?

Acts 10:44-47 NASB
Cornelius
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. 45 All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, 47 “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?” 48 And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.

Notes:

  • Peter was speaking words from God
  • Did anyone “lay hands”?
  • Speaking God’s words resulted in “speaking in tongues”/ Holy Spirit baptism
  • Then water baptism

Acts 19:1-7 NASB

Paul at Ephesus
19 It happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus, and found some disciples. 2 He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” And they said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying. 7 There were in all about twelve men.

Notes:

  • John’s baptism{repentance} happened first then Holy Spirit baptism
  • Baptized in the name of Jesus = water baptism happened first then Holy Spirit baptism
  • After laying on of hands they spoke in tongues AND prophesied

Acts 8:14-24 NASB

Simon the sorcerer
14 Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, 15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit. 18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or portion in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. 22 Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you. 23 For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bondage of iniquity.” 24 But Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”

Notes:

  • the word of God was received first
  • Baptized in the name of Jesus = water baptism happened first then Holy Spirit baptism
  • Simon received water baptism but obviously did not receive the Holy Spirit baptism => his heart was revealed as not right after water baptism
  • Holy Spirit baptism happened after the laying on of hands
  • Simon saw evidence of the Holy Spirit baptism BUT it does not say what this evidence was

The Love of God

The Love of God – Gaither

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell.
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell.
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Turning the Hearts of the Fathers

Who are the fathers in Malachi 4:6?

Malachi 4:5-6 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.(A)

And he shall turn and reconcile the hearts of the [estranged] fathers to the [ungodly] children, and the hearts of the [rebellious] children to [the piety of] their fathers [a reconciliation produced by repentance of the ungodly], lest I come and smite the land with a curse and a ban of utter destruction.(B)

Matthew 11:14Amplified Bible (AMP)

14 And if you are willing to receive and accept it, John himself is Elijah who was to come [before the kingdom]

Matthew 17:10-13Amplified Bible (AMP)

10 The disciples asked Him, Then why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?

11 He replied, Elijah does come and will get everything restored and ready.

12 But I tell you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know or recognize him, but did to him as they liked. So also the Son of Man is going to be treated and suffer at their hands.

13 Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them about John the Baptist.

==> notice John the Baptist is not the person of Elijah

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Luke 1:17Amplified Bible (AMP)

17 And he will [himself] go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn back the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient and incredulous and unpersuadable to the wisdom of the upright [which is [a]the knowledge and holy love of the will of God]—in order to make ready for the Lord a people [perfectly] prepared [in spirit, [b]adjusted and disposed and placed in the right moral state]

==>notice this Spirit of Elijah – the Holy Spirit is needed to prepare a people – the fathers and children – for the return of the Lord.

 

The NASB has additional cross ref links for the Malachi verses, implying that this not only applies to John the Baptist – the preparation of the first coming of Christ, but also the second …

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mal+4%3A5-6&version=nasb

Revelation 19:15New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.

==> Those who have not allowed the Holy Spirit to prepare their hearts will be on the wrong side of the sword when Jesus returns the second time

==> the fathers and children represent a people that is to be prepared, {not necessarily a physical bloodline but a spiritual one} made ready for the Lord’s return – 1st and second coming ….

Interesting how these verses from John 8 verify that these fathers and children are not a physical bloodline-but a spiritual one

===>

John 8:39-44Amplified Bible (AMP)

39 They retorted, Abraham is our father. Jesus said, If you were [truly] Abraham’s children, then you would do the works of Abraham [follow his example, do as Abraham did].

40 But now [instead] you are wanting and seeking to kill Me, a Man Who has told you the truth which I have heard from God. This is not the way Abraham acted.

41 You are doing the works of your [own] father. They said to Him, We are not illegitimate children and born out of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

42 Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love Me and respect Me and welcome Me gladly, for I proceeded (came forth) from God [out of His very presence]. I did not even come on My own authority or of My own accord (as self-appointed); but He sent Me.

43 Why do you misunderstand what I say? It is because you are unable to hear what I am saying. [You cannot bear to listen to My message; your ears are shut to My teaching.]

44 You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false.

John 8:53Amplified Bible (AMP)

53 Are You greater than our father Abraham? He died, and all the prophets died! Who do You make Yourself out to be?

John 8:57-58Amplified Bible (AMP)

57 Then the Jews said to Him, You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?

58 Jesus replied, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, before Abraham was born, I Am.

Who is Abraham’s seed?

Galatians 3:16 Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Now the promises (covenants, agreements) were decreed and made to Abraham and his Seed (his Offspring, his Heir). He [God] does not say, And to seeds (descendants, heirs), as if referring to many persons, but, And to your Seed (your Descendant, your Heir), obviously referring to one individual, Who is [none other than] Christ (the Messiah).

Galatians 3:29 Amplified Bible (AMP)

29 And if you belong to Christ [are in Him Who is Abraham’s Seed], then you are Abraham’s offspring and [spiritual] heirs according to promise.

Safe in His Arms

“Safe in His Arms”
By Rev. Milton Brunson & The Thompson Community Singers

—Verse—(Lead)
Because the Lord is my Shepherd,
I have everything I need.
He lets me rest in the meadow’s grass
and He leads me beside the quiet streams.
He restores my failing health
and He helps me to do what honors Him the most.
That’s why I’m safe…
That’s why I’m safe…
That’s why I’m safe…
Safe in His arms.

(Repeat the “Verse”)

—Chorus—
When the storm
Of life is raging
And the billows
Roll
I’m – glad – He shall hide me!
Safe in His arms.

—Vamp—
I’m – glad – He shall hide me!
(Repeat as directed)

—Ending—
Safe in His arms.
(Repeat as directed)

Having You There

“Having You There”
By Mississippi Mass Choir
—Verse—
We have come to praise and magnify the Lord
For all that He has done
And for the victories we have won.
In the good times and in the bad times,
In the happy times and in the sad times;
Having You there made the difference,
(Sopranos) Just having You there (Altos & Tenors) Having You there

(Repeat “Verse” 1X with lead ad-libs)

—Chorus—
Having You there…
Having You there…
Just having You in my life made the difference.
(Sopranos) Just having You there (Altos & Tenors) Having You there
(Repeat “Chorus” 1X)

—Vamp 1—
Having You there made the difference,
Having You there made the difference.

—Vamp 2—
When the storms of life are raging
And the billows are tossing high,
You gave me strength and courage
‘Cause You were standing by.

(Repeat “Vamp1” 1X)

—Bridge (lead ad-lib)—
I thank You for Your mercy,
I thank You for Your grace;
There is no other one that could ever take Your place.
When my friends walked out, You stepped right in,
You’ve always been with me, through the thick and the thin.

(Repeat “Vamp1” 2X)

—Ending—
Having You there…
Having You there…
Just having You in my life (4X or as directed)
Just having You in my life made the difference.
(Sopranos) Just having You there (Altos & Tenors) Having You there (Slower than normal)

Awesome God

“Awesome God”
By Youthful Praise
—Chorus—
God is / an awesome God.
He is / an awesome God
And greatly to be / praised.
(Repeat 1X)

—Verse—
(Tenors) God is great, and greatly to be praised.
(Altos) God is great, and greatly to be praised.
(Sopranos) God is great, and greatly to be praised.
(All) Praised!

(Repeat “Chorus” 1X)

—Bridge—
(Tenors) From the
(All) Rising of the sun,
(Tenors) Until the
(All) Setting of the same,
(Altos) My God is
(All) Worthy to be praised.
(Sopranos) God is
(All) Worthy to be praised
(Repeat 2X)

(Tenors) From the
(All) Rising of the sun,
(Tenors) Until the
(All) Setting of the same,
(Altos) My God is
(All) Worthy to be praised.
(Altos) My God is (ALL) Worthy to be praised. (3X)
(Sopranos) God is (ALL) Worthy to be praised (3X)

—Vamp—
Worthy to be praised (4X)
(Repeat “Chorus” 1X)