Judge Judge Judge – γνώμη – Study 4-B

 

Because of the CrossThanks for returning to this series on “Judge Judge Judge” and my feeble attempt to understand a believers responsibility and right to make judgments.

Another purpose of this series hopefully is to understand the believers restriction on judgement. 

What can a Christian judge?  How is he to judge?  What is prohibited in the Christian life to judge.  So many questions and concerns. 

Our fourth greek word related to judging is…

gnōmē

G1106 – γνώμη – gnōmē

judgment, mind, purpose, advice, will, agree

This word is found 9 times in 8 verses within the New Testament.  A full listing of all verses may be found below for your self study.  I will consider the verses that are not clear, that create questions in my mind, with the remaining verses left for the reader to ponder.

Philemon 1:14

but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord.

Let’s remember the authority structure between Paul and Philemon.  Philemon was a Roman slave owner that Paul evangelized, brought into the church, and trained for a period of time.  Onesimus, Philemon’s slave had run away, found Paul and got converted.

  • Paul – the apostle to the Gentiles.
  • Philemon – a lowly believer, who owes his salvation to Paul in a very real way
  • Onesimus – a run away slave who actually is owned by Philemon

So why is Paul asking for consent from one which is lower on the authority? for one that is even lower in authority?

encourage-rotate.jpgIt kinda makes sense, based on some current religious structures, that Paul should “encourage” (a synonym in Christendom for “force”!) Philemon to do the right thing, and to release Onesimus.  Maybe tell him that if he doesn’t, he will be in rebellion. Ya – that’s it.  Use the rebellion card.

No – Paul the old man has realized the power of love, of serving others, of putting them first, of seeking agreement amongst brethren.

Paul even asks Philemon if he considers him a partner.  What?  How degrading, said the man who wants power!

Thanks for joining me in this study.  Hope to visit with you in our next post as we continue to look at the Greek term γνώμη .

Be Blessed.

 

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Judge Judge Judge – γνώμη – Study 4-A

 

Because of the CrossThanks for returning to this series on “Judge Judge Judge” and my feeble attempt to understand a believers responsibility and right to make judgments.

Another purpose of this series hopefully is to understand the believers restriction on judgement. 

What can a Christian judge?  How is he to judge?  What is prohibited in the Christian life to judge.  So many questions and concerns. 

Our fourth greek word related to judging is…

gnōmē

G1106 – γνώμη – gnōmē

judgment, mind, purpose, advice, will, agree

This word is found 9 times in 8 verses within the New Testament.  A full listing of all verses may be found below for your self study.  I will consider the verses that are not clear, that create questions in my mind, with the remaining verses left for the reader to ponder.

1 Corinthians 1:10

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.

I attended a medium size church for a period of time and one of the things I learned while their is that unity and uniformity are not equal.

The church sought the entire body to study one topic and a small group of us requested we continue with a separate study.  This desire was evidence of an unwilling spirit, showing a fruit of division.

Is this Paul’s concern above?

Consider Paul’s later lament, where he rails against the believers joining cliques, forming premature denominations, and seeking to cling with their own group think.  Finding folks that think the same way in church does not challenge our lives, but allows us to settle for a safe existence.  Being around folks that think differently, forces a believer to capitulate to a strong personality (definitely a danger) or to become firm in his convictions.

So is Paul wanting us to believe the same minutia of doctrines, and refuse to fellowship with those who differ?  I think not.

He wants them

  • to agree / speak the same
  • to have no divisions / schisms among them
  • to be united in the same mind and the same judgement

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Check the context – the believers, in the previous verse, are told of their calling – and since I reside in Texas, I’m gonna give you the Texan translation.

… All y’all were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord

The focus of the fellowship, of the church body, of the gathering of the saints is to have fellowship with one another and the Lord Jesus Christ.

If Jesus is head, we look to Him for direction and guidance, we humble ourselves to accept that we may be wrong in our understanding of the will of God, and in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

If all y’all believers (including me!) sought this type of Christianity, there would be no divisions, and the world would see a group of believers united in the same mind and the same judgement concerning things of the Spirit of God.

  • Agree to speak the same thing (about Jesus) – that He is Lord.
  • Have no divisions, (although some believers may be at different stages of their pilgrimage)
  • United in the same mind (of humility) and of the same judgement, (based on the Spirit and the written Word)

Thanks for joining me in this study.  Hope to visit with you in our next post as we continue to look at the Greek term γνώμη.

Be Blessed.

 

I look forward to comments and discussion.  May the Lord give you an understanding heart and a willing spirit to consider the Bible and all it’s wealth.


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Judge Judge Judge – βῆμα – Verse List for Study 3

Because of the CrossFind the full list of verses for the word bēma below


Matthew 27:19 Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.”

John 19:13 So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic Gabbatha.

Acts 7:5 Yet he gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot’s length, but promised to give it to him as a possession and to his offspring after him, though he had no child.

Acts 12:21 On an appointed day Herod put on his royal robes, took his seat upon the throne, and delivered an oration to them.

Acts 18:12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal,

Acts 18:16 And he drove them from the tribunal.

Acts 18:17 And they all seized Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to any of this.

Acts 25:6 After he stayed among them not more than eight or ten days, he went down to Caesarea. And the next day he took his seat on the tribunal and ordered Paul to be brought.

Acts 25:10 But Paul said, “I am standing before Caesar’s tribunal, where I ought to be tried. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you yourself know very well.

Acts 25:17 So when they came together here, I made no delay, but on the next day took my seat on the tribunal and ordered the man to be brought.

Romans 14:10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

I look forward to comments and discussion.  May the Lord give you an understanding heart and a willing spirit to consider the Bible and all it’s wealth.


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Judge Judge Judge – βῆμα – Study 3-B

Because of the Cross

Thanks for returning to this series on “Judge Judge Judge” and my feeble attempt to understand a believers responsibility and right to make judgments.

Another purpose of this series hopefully is to understand the believers restriction on judgement. 

What can a Christian judge?  How is he to judge?  What is prohibited in the Christian life to judge.  So many questions and concerns. 

Our third greek word related to judging is…

bēma

βῆμα – bēma – judgment seat, throne, to set (one’s) foot on

This word is found 12 times in 12 verses within the New Testament.  A full listing of all verses may be found below for your self study.  I will consider the verses that are not clear, that create questions in my mind, with the remaining verses left for the reader to ponder.

Judgment Seat of Christ

2 Corinthians 5:10

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

First off, I don’t see a difference between judgement seat of God and judgement seat of Christ.  To all who may see a difference, let me know – I am open to discussion and learning!!)

Secondly, I found out a little something years back when I was teaching through the book of Corinthians that made me reconsider the type of God I serve.

Let’s refer to Vines one more time.  Note that the primary meaning of the greek word translated as evil is

“slight, trivial, blown about by every wind;” then, “mean, common, bad,” in the sense of being worthless, paltry or contemptible, belonging to a low order of things; in Jhn 5:29, those who have practiced “evil” things, RV, “ill” (phaula), are set in contrast to those who have done good things (agatha); the same contrast is presented in Rom 9:112Cr 5:10,

I’m not totally convinced of this thought but would like to float it for your consideration.  Follow me on this thinking for a moment.  The primary meaning of the greek word translated as evil is “slight”, “trivial”, “worthless,”  “belonging to a low order of things”.

That was not expected.  When I think of evil, I think of cruelty, malice, sinfulness, wickedness, depraved, villainous, corrupt, foul.

You get my meaning?

The BibleBut let us remember the context.  We are at the judgement seat of Christ.  The evil has been taken care of at the cross, but now we only have things that were done in the body as a Christian.

Also, Christians can’t be evil.  That list of synonyms above cannot consistently describe the believer.

Anything less than “good” at the judgment seat will be delegated to the worthless pile.  Kinda reminds me of a pile of wood hay and stubble, but that is a whole different passage, and may not directly relate.

I think this may need some good ol’ fashioned back porch ruminating, but for now I offer it to the gentle reader for their consideration.

How does this relate to judgment?  (That is the point of the study Carl!)

The judgment will be based on knowledge of the life lived, and this verse again informs us that it will be a “family gathering”, not a separate meeting with no one around.  All will be exposed, for the good and the worthless.

When I consider this situation, for a momentary thought, it is completely and utterly okay.

He is my Father, and the Lord was crucified for me.  Will I experience sadness for the loss of opportunity to serve Him.  Yes.  That is true.  I find no comfort in that.

Will my Father hug me when I get home?

He is our Father.

Thanks for joining me in this study.  Hope to visit with you in our next post as we look at the Greek term γνώμη which is commonly translated judgment, mind, purpose, advice, will, agree in the New Testament.

Be Blessed.

I look forward to comments and discussion.  May the Lord give you an understanding heart and a willing spirit to consider the Bible and all it’s wealth.


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Judge Judge Judge – βῆμα – Study 3-A

Because of the Cross
Thanks for returning to this series on “Judge Judge Judge” and my feeble attempt to understand a believers responsibility and right to make judgments.
Another purpose of this series hopefully is to understand the believers restriction on judgement.
What can a Christian judge? How is he to judge? What is prohibited in the Christian life to judge. So many questions and concerns.

Our third greek word related to judging is…

bēma

βῆμα – bēma – judgment seat, throne, to set (one’s) foot on

This word is found 12 times in 12 verses within the New Testament. A full listing of all verses may be found below for your self study. I will consider the verses that are not clear, that create questions in my mind, with the remaining verses left for the reader to ponder.

Judgment Seat of God

Romans 14:10

Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;

This first verse brings two words for judgement together. The first term will be discussed in a later post, but is the most common term for judgement.

Vines defines this first term as

those who judge severely (unfairly), finding fault with this or that in others, Matthew 7:1; Luke 6:37; Romans 2:1; τινα, Romans 2:1, 3; Romans 14:3f, 10,

eat everything

The context of this passage is of two groups (Jewish and Gentile) within the body of believers that have different views on food and religious holidays. Some eat everything and consider each day the same (thinking the Gentiles here) whereas some see certain foods as defiling and certain days as holier than others.

In the midst of this difference, love reigned – Ummm not so much! One group was despising his brother, thinking of them as nothing, or contemptible. The other group was judging the first group, condemning them for their lifestyle. Note that this difference in lifestyle was not a moral difference, but in the observation of non-moral issues.

Come with me to the day of judgement. I am standing beside a brother I despised, and a sister I may have judged, and I hear the Lord commend both of them. (See previous post for verse and teaching on this truth).

I don’t know about you, but I will realize my failings in loving the brethren completely at that time. How proud and boastful I will realize I have been. How proud and boastful I really am!

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But we have not so learned Jesus, and we are to encourage one another and the more so as we see the day approaching.

The term we are dealing with in this verse is the judgement seat of God. The term describes a location of judgement, a seat or throne where upon the Judge will sit to make declarations of judgement upon the subject before Him. Notice it will not be a separate room where I can discuss my failings and foibles with a manager, such as we may experience in our workplace. This is a family gathering, where I am on display with all of my family.

Remember, that brother or sister you got a gripe with… put the gift for God down, and go to them. Seek reconciliation. Seek forgiveness, even if it is for perceived sins you have committed.

Thanks for joining me in this study. Hope to visit with you in our next post as we continue to look at the Greek term βῆμα.

Be Blessed.

I look forward to comments and discussion. May the Lord give you an understanding heart and a willing spirit to consider the Bible and all it’s wealth.

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Judge Judge Judge ἀνακρίνω – Verse List for Study 2

Because of the CrossFind the full list of verses for the word anakrinō below


Luke 23:14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him.

Acts 4:9 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed,

Acts 12:19 And after Herod searched for him and did not find him, he examined the sentries and ordered that they should be put to death. Then he went down from Judea to Caesarea and spent time there.

Acts 17:11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Acts 24:8 By examining him yourself you will be able to find out from him about everything of which we accuse him.”

Acts 28:18 When they had examined me, they wished to set me at liberty, because there was no reason for the death penalty in my case.

1 Corinthians 2:14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 2:15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.

1 Corinthians 4:3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.

1 Corinthians 4:4 For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.

1 Corinthians 9:3 This is my defense to those who would examine me.

1 Corinthians 10:25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience.

1 Corinthians 10:27 If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience.

1 Corinthians 14:24 But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all,

 

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Judge Judge Judge – ἀνακρίνω – Study 2-C

Because of the Cross

Thanks for returning to this series on “Judge Judge Judge” and my feeble attempt to understand a believers responsibility and right to make judgments.
Another purpose of this series hopefully is to understand the believers restriction on judgement.
What can a Christian judge? How is he to judge? What is prohibited in the Christian life to judge. So many questions and concerns.

Our second greek word related to judging is…

anakrinō

ἀνακρίνω – anakrinō – “examine, judge, ask question, search, discern”

This word is found 16 times in 14 verses within the New Testament. A full listing of all verses may be found below for your self study. I will consider the verses that are not clear, that create questions in my mind, with the remaining verses left for the reader to ponder.

Judged by Believers

1 Corinthians 4:3-5

But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.

For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.

Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.

Three people are making judgement on one man here.

  1. First off, it is the bad selfish divided church making judgement on the apostle – remember the context of this passage – the church is following men, creating the first denominations, and this must disgust Paul.
  2. Secondly – Paul himself. Paul refuses to judge himself. Yet I imagine Paul knows himself much better than the Corinthians. It seems things are a bit backwards here.
  3. Thirdly, in this passage, there is One who rightly can judge, and it is because He will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness.

Notice a few things

Judgement is based on knowledge, not feelings. The greater the knowledge the better the judgement. The greater the feelings, the greater the possibility of error!

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Judgement is dependent on time. Pronouncing judgement prematurely is incorrect judgement.

Judgement is not necessarily associated with anger, wrath or discipline. It may be in some passages, but in this case, Paul mentions commendation from God for each man.

Interesting!

Have you considered that some day, after a life of seeking to please God, and yet in your heart feeling you have disappointed Him and yourself, that God will find commendation for your efforts and actions? Is there a word for that?

  • Justice?
  • Mercy?
  • Grace?
  • Love?

Consider what that may mean – that is to be commended by God.

(That slightly blows my mind!)

Thanks for joining me in this study. Hope to visit with you in our next post as we look at the Greek term βῆμα which is commonly translated judgment seat, throne, to set (one’s) foot on in the New Testament.

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Judge Judge Judge – ἀνακρίνω – Study 2-B

Because of the Cross

Thanks for returning to this series on “Judge Judge Judge” and my feeble attempt to understand a believers responsibility and right to make judgments.
Another purpose of this series hopefully is to understand the believers restriction on judgement.
What can a Christian judge? How is he to judge? What is prohibited in the Christian life to judge. So many questions and concerns.

Our second greek word related to judging is…

anakrinō

ἀνακρίνω – anakrinō – “examine, judge, ask question, search, discern”

This word is found 16 times in 14 verses within the New Testament. A full listing of all verses may be found below for your self study. I will consider the verses that are not clear, that create questions in my mind, with the remaining verses left for the reader to ponder.

Double Standard Judging

1 Corinthians 2:14 -16

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.

“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Okay – I’ve been waiting for this passage for the entire study. So often I thought I understood it only to find I was wrong. So lets consider what this passage is speaking about.

Some background – Paul is writing to a bad church. A real bad church. A bunch of immature, selfish, jealous, childish, fleshly, strife ridden believers.

These folk were not spiritual. Were they believers? Maybe, but that may not be the point. Paul is comparing the natural man, with the spiritual man. The natural man in the church in Corinth, that is.

Paul states that the natural man is the man that refuses to accept the things of God – they think it is just stupid!. (Ever met a “believer” like that?)

On top of that, he, the natural man that is, is not able to understand the things of the Spirit of God because understanding the things of the Spirit of God requires agreement with the Spirit. Disagreeing with the Spirit of God does not allow for a continuation of proper judgments. Remember , as we discovered in our last post, discernment is a gift of the Spirit based on knowledge of the Word of God and prayer.

Okay – so if this background and understanding is correct, Paul is stating that spiritual persons make correct judgments due to the believer having the mind of Christ (v 16).

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It is not an IQ issue, a school training accomplishment, or a personality quality. It has nothing to do with glory for the believer. The believer is to rely on the mind of Christ for his proper decision making skills

The spiritual man bases his judgments / decisions on the mind of Christ, which provides real time guidance of the principles of the Word of God in daily life. (The mind of Christ in my thinking has much to do with an attitude of humility and meekness.)

It is a daily war to remember that our ability to make correct judgement on issues of the day or people we meet is a gift supplied by our Father in heaven and buttressed with a knowledge of the Word.

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I can hear you already – Carl we can’t judge people ! But I think you will find that we can (and need to) judge people. Let’s wait until we get to those passages before you make a rash judgement on me!

Thanks for joining me in this study. Hope to visit with you in our next post as we continue to look at the Greek term ἀνακρίνω

Be Blessed.


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Judge Judge Judge – ἀνακρίνω – Study 2-A

Because of the CrossThanks for returning to this series on “Judge Judge Judge” and my feeble attempt to understand a believers responsibility and right to make judgments.

Another purpose of this series hopefully is to understand the believers restriction on judgement. 

What can a Christian judge?  How is he to judge?  What is prohibited in the Christian life to judge.  So many questions and concerns. 

Our second greek word related to judging is…

anakrinō

ἀνακρίνω – anakrinō – “examine, judge, ask question, search, discern”

This word is found 16 times in 14 verses within the New Testament.  A full listing of all verses may be found below for your self study.  I will consider the verses that are not clear, that create questions in my mind, with the remaining verses left for the reader to ponder.

Judging the Scriptures?

Acts 17:11

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Now I am confused.  Are the Bereans examining the Old Testament Scripture to see if it was true, (not likely – these folk were good Jews!) Or are they examining the OT Scriptures to judge whether the Apostles teaching lined up with the Scriptures?  I take it that the word they received was the preaching / teaching of the apostles and they were fact checking it!

This judgement/examining was not so much the determination of the Scriptures value or truthfulness, so much as sticking to the Scriptures and its message, and judging the apostle teaching against it.

Oh to have believers check out the preachers and teachers floating around today.  Those professional charlatans, seeking your attention, providing entertainment, tickling the ears of those without a basis to make any judgement.

Without the Word of God, there is no foundation of knowledge we so desperately need.  Without this knowledge, there is no standard that is required in order to make a judgement or decision on the worth of these so called preachers.

The modern church deserves these false teachers!

Are you brave enough to stand up for Christ in the midst of this adulterated modern church?

If you belong to a church that loves to be challenged in their teaching, that will consider your concerns and not simply accuse you of being divisive, consider yourself blessed.

If you belong to a church that sidetracks your questions, shames you into silence or refuses your freedom of conscience in matters of faith, consider your ways.

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Be a Berean.  Study the Word and know your faith.

With the knowledge you gain, stand strong in the Lord.  With the knowledge you gain, you are on your way to gaining understanding and wisdom from Him who has all wisdom and understanding.

But beware, for with every good work there is a trap!  With the knowledge you gain, walk humbly in it.

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the LORD require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?

Thanks for joining me in this study.  Hope to visit with you in our next post as we continue to look at the Greek term ἀνακρίνω.

Be Blessed.


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Judge Judge Judge – αἴσθησις – Verse List for Study 1

Because of the Cross

I think I mentioned that this word is only used once in the New Testament.

Please refer to study for complete listing

(See how anal I can be with order and consistency in series naming…)

 


 

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Judge Judge Judge – αἴσθησις – Study 1-A

Because of the CrossThanks for returning to this series on “Judge Judge Judge” and my feeble attempt to understand a believers responsibility and right to make judgments.

Another purpose of this series hopefully is to understand the believers restriction on judgement. 

What can a Christian judge?  How is he to judge?  What is prohibited in the Christian life to judge.  So many questions and concerns. 

Our first greek word related to judging is…

aisthēsis

αἴσθησις – aisthēsis – judgment

This word is found only once in the New Testament and it is in the book of Philippians

Philippians 1:9

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,

It is interesting that the first verse I start our study on seems to have no “harshness” to it, you know the judgy edge that seems to be so implied.

To discern seems to be so wise, so educated, so enlightened.

But lets step back for a few minutes and consider what it means to judge.  Let me suggest that to judge is to make a decision regarding a certain action or thought.

Let me try to explain my thoughts with a silly story.

100-buck-rotate.jpgOne day, as I am strolling down the road, I see a $1 bill and a $100 bill.  The wind is starting to pick up and I have to make a decision.  Should I chase the $1 bill or the $100 bill?  I have to make a judgement, a decision, and then follow through with it.  In this instance, there is no moral element in the decision / judgement, (other than possible covetousness,) but would it not simply be foolish to abandon that poor lonely $100 bill!

My point is that the decision was a judgement.  In this instance, there was no moral dilemma, or determination of right from wrong.

Although premature in our study, may I suggest that judgement is a requirement of every living person on earth.  Some may make good judgments and some may make bad judgments.  But all make judgments upon which we perform activities.

How could we survive if we did not make decisions.  Years ago, with a wife and five young children under 10 yrs old, my wife and I made a decision to further my education.  It was a judgement that we could suffer for 2 – 3 yrs while I was in school, but the family would reap the benefits afterward.  Many thought I was a fool, and during the study period I had my doubts.  But the Lord is faithful and pulled us through.

We made a judgement, based on the available knowledge that we had and then followed through with the action.

Back to Philippians 1:9

Paul is praying for the Philippians and seeking for their love to abound and abound.  More love! Give out more love!

With more love comes the danger of abuse.

One more story.

I used to go door knocking, doing some evangelization, and a brother asked to come along.  After a few nights on the doors we came up to a couple named Derek and Lisa.  They were interested in the gospel and Blair was leading the discussion.  They asked good questions, but at the end of the discussion, Derek admitted that they had no money for diapers.

Blair jumped all over that.  More love eh Carl?

Let’s buy them a bunch of diapers and maybe some food to let them know we care.  And we did – numerous times.

So – did we do right or wrong.  This is where the rubber hits the road.   We needed discernment.  This is a spiritual skill/gift that only comes through prayer.

It is a form of judgement, determining the right thing to do.

Diapers

Notice that Paul mentions knowledge first, not feelings.  We had the feelings that night!  Oh boy – wow we had some live ones and if diapers would bring them into the kingdom of God, dang it all – I would buy em pampers!

But alas, we needed discernment.  And that is a form of judgement that believers need desperately in this modern age.

Let me ask a final question.

Is discernment evident in the church when believers elevate entertainment above edification, when we look for sensation instead of spirit, when we follow after personality instead of character?

I hope I’m asking obvious questions.

Thanks for joining me in this study.  Hope to visit with you in our next post as we look at the Greek term ἀνακρίνω which is commonly translated examine, judge, ask question, search and discern in the New Testament.

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Judge Judge Judge – Word Study Table

Because of the Cross

Thanks for returning to this series on “Judge Judge Judge” and my feeble attempt to understand a believers responsibility and right to make judgments.
Another purpose of this series is to understand the believers restrictions on judgement.
What can a Christian judge? How is he to judge? What is prohibited in the Christian life to judge. So many questions.
But that will have to wait for the next post.
In this post I am simply providing a table containing the Greek words I found associated with “judgement”.

In each of my following blog posts, I will select one of the words from this list, and consider some (or all) of the verses that include the related greek word.
In no manner will this be an exhaustive study but simply an attempt to consider this abused topic, and spur us all to better thinking on what it means to judge.

Greek words associated with judgement
Study # Strong’s # Greek Transliteration Translated as
1 G144 αἴσθησις aisthēsis judgment
2 G350 ἀνακρίνω anakrinō examine, judge, ask question, search, discern
3 G968 βῆμα bēma judgment seat, throne, to set (one’s) foot on
4 G1106 γνώμη gnōmē judgment, mind, purpose, advice, will, agree
5 G1252 διακρίνω diakrinō doubt, judge, discern, contend, waver, misc
6 G1253 διάκρισις diakrisis discerning, discern, disputation
7 G1341 δικαιοκρισία dikaiokrisia righteous judgment
8 G1345 δικαίωμα dikaiōma righteousness, ordinance, judgment, justification
9 G1348 δικαστής dikastēs judge
10 G1349 δίκη dikē vengeance, judgment, punish
11 G1381 δοκιμάζω dokimazō prove, try, approve, discern, allow, like, examine
12 G2613 καταδικάζω katadikazō condemn
13 G2631 κατάκριμα katakrima condemnation
14 G2632 κατακρίνω katakrinō condemn, damn
15 G2633 κατάκρισις katakrisis condemnation, condemn
16 G2917 κρίμα krima judgment, damnation, condemnation, be condemned, go to law, avenge
17 G2919 κρίνω krinō judge, determine, condemn, go to law, call in question, esteem, misc
18 G2920 κρίσις krisis judgment, damnation, accusation, condemnation
19 G2922 κριτήριον kritērion to judge, judgment, judgment seat
20 G2923 κριτής kritēs judge, Judge
21 G4232 πραιτώριον praitōrion judgment hall, hall of judgment, common hall, praetorium, palace

Thanks for joining me in this study. Hope to visit with you in our next post as we look at the Greek term αἴσθησις.

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Judge Judge Judge – Introduction

Because of the CrossStory Time

It has been a few years, (well nigh up to a decade if I am honest with you), that I had the pleasure of working with a fellow I will call Fred.  (Not his real name – don’t ya know!)

Anyways, Fred knew I was a believer, and would sometimes bait me (which is so easy to do) or generally make fun of Christianity (which is also so easy to do).  So with those two objectives, Fred had some good times working me over.

It just so happened that Fred was good friends with another fellow in the office that was a believer.  This fella would occasionally come to my office to discuss things of God during lunch.  It was a blessing, and we started a bit of a Bible study.

This caused some relational stress in the office, revealing itself one day with Fred telling me that Christians are too judgey.  It seemed so out of the blue, and yet somewhat providential.

You see, I had recently been reading the beatitudes and Matthew 7 came to mind.  It seemed to enforce his argument, until I asked him if judging was the same as condemning.

I think that set him back for a moment.  I hope he considered the difference.   I had to get back to my design work, so I left him with that.

Question

Is judging something or someone necessarily the same as condemning something or someone?

That difference has helped me in my general thinking regarding how a Christian is to think regarding his surroundings and those he rubs elbows with.  I hope this study will add some clarification to my thinking, and help others consider what it means to “make a judgement” in the Christian life.

As my next post in this series, I will provide a table containing the Greek words I found associated with judgement.  In each of my following blog posts, I will deal with a specific Greek word, and supply the associated verse list.

Some of these words are found often within the New Testament, and I may highlight certain verses that bring light to the subject (at least in my mind, full of cobwebs and creaking floorboards as it is!).  At other times, every verse within the blog may furnish interest and cause me to chase the concept to ground.

Nevertheless, I do hope you will interact with me in considering the topic we travel through.  Please provide comment and ask the difficult questions.

Remember, if we all see the Word as authoritative, that means neither you nor I are!  (Authoritative that is. – Just a bunch of hungry ol beggars looking for some crumbs along the way)

But as brothers & sisters, we can help each other in our understanding of the Word.

I look forward to comments and discussion.  May the Lord give you an understanding heart and a willing spirit to consider the Bible and all it’s wealth.


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