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Yes, You Can Judge!

Scriptures Expounded - Posted on Thursday, December 31, 2015
by Temi Peter
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Yes, You Can Judge!

But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
1 Corinthians 2:15
It is not uncommon for people to utter the statement ‘Judge not’ when pronouncements are being made that don’t favour them. To judge is to form an opinion of about someone or something after you have examined the evidence or thought carefully about them. The world is quick to quote the Bible when it favours them but despise it when it doesn’t. True, the Lord in Matthew 7:1-2 warned us against judging but it was not a blanket admonition. In Matthew 7:3-5, our Lord Jesus went ahead to give the prerequisite requirements one had to meet to be able to judge. Hence, the Lord’s initial admonition was for those who were yet to meet those requirements. Such people had no business judging. But anyone who has successfully removed the beam from his own eyes can see clearly and is free to cast the mote out of his brother’s eye. This is where spirituality comes in. To be spiritual is to have gone through a thorough purging process and continually remain purged. Being spiritual is akin to wearing a white garment which must be kept sparkling clean at all times else the spirituality will be lost.
How does one become spiritual? One becomes spiritual by accepting Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Personal Saviour. This process starts with praying the sinner’s prayer and asking God for forgiveness of sin. Next is getting baptised by the water and the spirit. And finally, getting sanctified. It does stop there, however. There is the need to constantly read and meditate on the word of God, the Bible. By so doing, you learn more about God and how to please Him.
This helps you judge yourself and take the necessary steps to ensure that your spiritual garment is kept clean. When you judge yourself, you can’t be judged as stated by Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:31:
“For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”
Having done this, you would have removed the beam out of your own eye and been able to clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.
The Bible expects us to be spiritually minded as stated by Apostle Paul in Romans 8:6:
“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
When we are spiritually minded, we have an edge over the world in terms of how we view events, scenarios and make choices. It brings us closer to God as we begin to have the mind of Christ as written in 1 Corinthians 2:16. When confronted with situations, choices or things that seem harmless and/or controversial, being spiritually minded will help you judge which is the best choice to make. Also, when faced with questions to which giving a direct answer could spell doom, being spiritual will help you give the best answer to such question that leaves the questioners dumbfounded and stunned. Our Lord Jesus Christ was in this kind of situation a number of times in Luke 20:20-26 where they asked Him if it was lawful to pay tribute to Caesar in order to find cause to trap him, John 8:3-9 where they wanted tried to tempt Him to judge the woman caught in adultery as if they didn’t know how they judged such cases from time immemorial and in Matthew 21:23-27 where they asked Him by what authority He did great things and He answered them with a question to which they could not give an answer as a condition for Him telling them by what authority He did all what He did. Who said you cannot answer a question with a question? From the three scenarios above, we can see that our Lord Jesus Christ was able to judge which answer was best for all the questions thrown at Him especially as the intention was to get an answer from Him that will trap Him. Also, after having fasted for forty days and forty nights (Matthew 4:1-11) and the devil tried to tempt Him in diverse manners, the Lord was able to judge what was right even when the devil’s demands or advice didn’t seem harmful or sinful except the last one.
As spiritually minded Christians, we should not be afraid to exercise our right to judge all things whenever and wherever the need arises. The Bible expects this of us. In fact one of the opening verses of the book of Proverbs talks about receiving instruction, justice, judgment and equity as one of the benefits to be derived from reading the book. Also, the Bible calls us gods in Psalm 82:6 and John 10:34 and lords in Jeremiah 2:31 and 1 Peter 5:3. How can gods not be able to judge? In actual fact, lords are judges. We should be able to judge whatever is wrong as wrong. If a matter has been brought to your attention, don’t be afraid to deliver/exercise the right judgement without fear or favour. You should be able to judge if a Christian is working in the right or wrong place of work, you should be able to judge if someone is rightly or wrongly dressed as expected of a believer, you should be able to judge the presence of someone at a particular place at a particular time, you should be able to judge one’s relationship with the opposite sex or with unbelievers whether it is right or wrong. Remember, being spiritual is key! May God help us.




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