Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Judging to be Judged

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on July 16, 2008 at 11:30 am

I hate it when people are judgmental. Of course, that’s just my judgment of judgmental people. Actually, I only hate it when you judge me negatively. When you judge me favorably and applaud me… well, I like that. In fact, if I’m not being judged, my life really has no significance. We constantly judge others and are constantly being judged by others. The pre-schooler who scribbles with crayons yet desperately wants his Mom to tell him it’s a work rivaling Claude Monet (scribbles – must be an impressionistic piece). The teen whose postmodern clash of fashion styles just “has” to be cool. The young man who gets that pay raise and job promotion. The retired couple with the inserts in their passports, showing you all their immigration stamps and recounting all places they’ve visited since they retired. What characterizes our entire life? We want to be judged. We want people to say nice things about us at our funeral. Judgment is the matrix of our existence. We judge everything and everyone and find life meaningful only when we are judged as having significance. Why?

This creation is made to be judged. As God created, He paused seven times to judge the world: and God saw that it was good. We judge and live to be judged because we are made in the image of God, our Creator and Judge. Man’s Fall into death was due to misjudgment: having listened to Satan’s lies, Adam misjudged God and His Word and incurred the sentence of death. God salvaged creation and instituted saving religion for men which focused on the coming Deliverer. History was given significance in that God continued to judge: the Flood, the Exodus, and especially the cross of Christ are divine judgments that give mankind meaning. Although Jesus was judged by men and condemned as a criminal, God judged Him to be innocent and to have fulfilled all prophecy necessary to deliver His people from Final Judgment and eternal wrath. His historical bodily resurrection is the legal vindication of His identity and His message: He is the divine Messiah come to establish the Kingdom of God. He, in resurrected splendor, has been judged worthy as the triumphant Lamb of God and now exercises universal sovereignty as the enthroned Lord of Glory. When He returns at the end of the age, He will come to judge the living and the dead, to deliver His people and to restore this fallen creation for His eternal glory.

You will be judged – by Jesus. He will weigh and measure the moral worth of your every thought, feeling, word and deed. You will give an account to Him of your entire life. On Judgment Day, your deeds will be the evidence of your faith, verifying whether or not you truly believed in Christ with living faith. His judgment is what will give your life its true and ultimate significance. In view of the certainty of judgment, the gospel is announced as good news. Every sinner who repents and believes in Jesus is already judged in union with Jesus. Every sinner who comes to Final Judgment apart from Jesus, will be judged and required to pay the penalty of an eternal destruction away from the presence of our Lord. As sinners, there are only two places where the judgment of God against us in our sin is satisfied: the cross or hell. As sinners we must go to one of those two places: either to the cross or to hell.

How do you judge this Jesus? How do you judge this gospel? Jesus says, Blessed is he who keeps from stumbling over me (Luke 7:23). Blessed are those who do not misjudge Jesus, but judge Him we must. We, as image bearers, judge everything and everyone. Be careful. Jesus says in John 7:24, Do not judge according to appearances but judge according to a righteous judgment. Can you look at Jesus and see Him being judged for our sin? rising again for our justification? exalted as our High Priest and King? coming again as our Judge and Deliverer? How do you judge Jesus? The most important question you can ever answer is asked by Jesus: But who do you say that I am? (Matthew 16:15) Who is He? Explain Him. Do you judge Him according to Scripture? Are you being taught by the Holy Spirit to judge with righteous judgment? Or are you scandalized, offended, and stumbling over Him, misjudging Him according to appearances and viewing Him by the measurements of this fallen, demonically-deceived world?

As you judge Jesus, remember: you are judging to be judged. God, in Christ, judges you. Judge Him to be your Savior and receive God’s judgment on your sins in His death on the cross.  Judge Him to be your Lord and receive God’s judgment of your eternal acceptance in His resurrection. Judge wisely, for The Judge is standing right at the door!

Alan Dunn
Grace Covenant Baptist Church
  1. Any possibility of making that into a tract????

  2. Great word, Mark. I agree with Marie. This would make a good tract.

    Bob G.

  3. “Actually, I only hate it when you judge me negatively. When you judge me favorably and applaud me… well, I like that. In fact, if I’m not being judged, my life really has no significance.”

    This is a very powerful connection…thank you for this entry and for your faithfulness.

  4. Actually, it looks like one of those “Let’s give Pastor Chanski the credit for everyone else’s blog post”:

    Judging to Be Judged

    Awhile back, I was wondering how Pastor Chanski was writing on what Pastor Jim had been saying in Sunday School and why Pastor Chanski quoted a survey of Kentucky Baptists 😉

  5. What else would you expect from the author of Manly Dominion?

  6. “On Judgment Day, your deeds will be the evidence of your faith, verifying whether or not you truly believed in Christ with living faith.”

    What were the deeds of the thieves crucified next to Jesus in Luke 23:39-43? They both were “under the same sentence of condemnation” and “receiving the due reward of [their] deeds.” Yet, one of the thieves was saved while he was on the cross and could do nothing. Why do we seek physical evidence when only God knows our hearts?

    Luke 16:15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.”

    Does not moral behavior merely justify ourselves before men? May I suggest the list in the following sentence is a common misunderstanding? “He will weigh and measure the moral worth of your every thought, feeling, word and deed.” Perhaps he is not weighing those but more, much more – our hearts. Perhaps he will judge our hearts to see whether we trust in Him.

    The thief who was saved said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He knew Christ was the only way. Do we? Or are we looking for evidence that pleases men?

    ESV translation

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