"For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (1 Corinthians 2:2)
"Wisdom has built her house. She has hewn out her seven pillars." (Prov. 9:1)
If we are going to be a people who operate in the wisdom of God we have to understand this house. If we are going to build His church our families, and our lives we need to build them based on the wisdom of God.
"Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom, and in all your getting, get understanding." (Prov. 4:7)
If wisdom is the principle thing then we need to understand these seven pillars and how they work in our lives. Anytime we are led of the Spirit of God these seven pillars are involved. Any success we achieve in life, come from operating in these seven pillars (Prov. 1:2-4).
This week will focus on the first the pillar: Judgment. Just like the pillars Knowledge and Understanding work together so it is with the pillars Judgment, Justice and Equity. Moreover all 7 pillars in the house of wisdom work in perfect balance and harmony.
Judgment is a confusing subject to the world and much of the church today and yet Judgment is a pillar in the house of wisdom. Judgment is the ability to render a matter correctly and declare it by God's Word. We must use good judgment in our marriages, fiances, businesses, careers, etc. if we are going to experience any quality of life.
There is no such thing as wisdom independent of judgment.
Nonetheless, in regards to judgment among the church at large you will hear several common sayings such as:
- "We shouldn't judge."
- "Who died and made you judge?"
- "Jesus said not to judge"
- "There are no absolutes"
We will deal with each of these common sayings as we examine the teachings of Jesus and Paul. In fact we will discover that we are exhorted to judge and everyone judges. For instance deciding not to judge is a judgment in and of itself. Therefore, if we do not establish judgment as a pillar in the house of wisdom you will destroy your life and end up following the philosophies of the day (political correctness) that is removing judgment from the culture.
In our study, the words of Jesus and Paul will teach us to not judge by appearance, rushing to judgment with speculative imaginations. We are not to be prejudice in our judgment. But righteous judgment is rooted in God and His Word.
Judgment is the Image of God in you. We were created in the Image of God. Christ came to restore that Image. God is merciful and compassionate. However, if you are still in Adam, Satan is blinding God's Image in you causing your judgments to get worse and worse, destroying your lives and ultimately the culture.
God took us out of Adam and placed us in Christ. Restoring the Image of God in man, where we can make righteous judgments based on the Nature of God and His Word.
Animals don't judge. Animals are not created in the Image and Likeness of God. God is the Judge. God created us, man in His Own Image and Likeness. Christ redeemed us by His blood and made us to be kings and priests to reign on the earth (Rev. 5:9-10).
One of the reasons Satan wants us to believe we evolved from animals is to remove judgment from the culture. So we live like animals submitted to the curse of the fall.
We were created in the Image and Likeness of God. Therefore, based on this knowledge (pillar) we must act like it (understanding - pillar). We cannot do this without making righteous judgment.
We must be careful and cautious when we judge, not rushing to judgment. We must not be critical and condemning in our judgments. Jesus taught: How we judge one another is how we will be judged. I want people to judge me with mercy and compassion. I want people to hear me out, my side of the story. Therefore it behooves me to judge justly and with equity (additional pillars).
Jesus said we must judge ourselves first and deal with the beams in our own eyes so that we can see clearly in our brother's eye. Therefore, if we refuse to judge ourselves first we disqualify ourselves from judging others. If we deal with ourselves first we can can deal with others with compassion and mercy.
Before I make any declarations I better be prepared to stand under them to. Often times we make others live to a standard we won't live up to. That is a hypocrite. That is what the world has a legitimate beef over. The world is correct when they call us hypocrites. When we judge one way and act another way.
"For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world." (1 Cor. 11:31-32)
Paul teaches us in 1 Corinthians 6 that we will one day judge the world. We will one day judge angels. Paul went on to sarcastically say that the least-esteemed member of the church would be adequate to judge matters pertaining to this life within the church then the world. Paul did not believe that a well-educated ungodly person was superior to an uneducated believer who was filled with the Spirit of God. The Presence of Christ in someone’s life brings a quality that no unbelievers could ever obtain through their head knowledge.
In fact, Paul sharply rebuked the church for not judging (resolving) such matters within the church by taking them to worldly courts instead. Paul called it a shame (1 Cor. 6:5). We should be able to resolve all problems within the church and show mercy and compassion to one another and the world, a pillar in the house of wisdom (Jas. 3:17-18).
We are never suppose to pass final judgment on anyone. We never give up or quit on anyone. We never quit reaching the lost. In the same manner the Lord judges us with love, mercy, compassion and righteousness. The wisdom that is above is always pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to be entreated, full of mercy, full of good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. We who are born of His Spirit, born of His Nature are to go and do likewise.
I will also not partake of people's evil deeds in the name of fellowship. I will take a stand against certain things. I will not participate. It is called judgment a pillar in the house of wisdom.
"For the time has come for judgment to begin in the house of God; and if it will begin with us first, what will the end of those who do do not obey the Gospel of God?" (1 Pt. 4:17)
Speaker: Dave Everett
April 14, 2019