The Lord is His People's Judge

    “But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment.” The apostle Paul is telling the church that the Lord is the judge of His people while they live here in this world, and just as in the time when they followed the manifest mind of the Holy Spirit in separating the ministers to the work they were to wait for God’s judgment to be shown to them in the churches. He continues in this way “... yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but He that judgeth me is the Lord.”

    The teaching is that I am not capable to judge the import of my own activities, being subjective to them, even though. I know much more about intent, etc. than about those things which others do. Let me not then seek my own judgment, (since I will be very prone to clear myself as my own advocate, and by the same cause will have a tendency to condemn others) but rather to seek to acknowledge the Lord’s judgment concerning me. I have not the power to-justify myself; I am not to consider my­self in any wise as the judge of my own actions or those of others. Has not Jesus warned us not to do so, saying, “Judge not lest ye be judged...” and warning us against this tendency? Will we not supplant the rightful office of our Lord as our Judge if we do so?

    Lets go a little further “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.” I think that this is plain enough. When I began to understand that the church was only supposed to assent to the judgment of God and not rule on her own then I said, should she not wait on the Lord? According to this scrip­ture, we should not make any individual judgments concerning matters of God, and that we should be still until the time is right, that is the time that the Lord will come and show us what His judgment is, and will bring the necessary thing out that are to be known, the things of darkness and heart’s counsels, and when this is done the righteous will not be condemned, but rather praised, and that by God himself

    Obviously, many corroborating scriptures can be given, such as, “If ye judge, judge righteous Judgment.” (There is not other righteous judgment other than that of God himself.) Also, Isaiah’s writing, “He is our Judge, our Lawgiver and our King!” If He is all of these things then wherefore would we have men to do such things as though the Lord Jesus will not do this Himself, in His good time.

    In this text an apostle of Christ, having as he says the gift of the ministry, as a steward of the mysteries of God, but still does not have the power of judgment, no not even concerning himself. - But, then he has instructed this church to deal with a member who is disobedient to God. Apparently, the judgment of Christ is being made manifest to them in this very epistle, and hereby we see an instance of God’s judgment. O, how careful we must be that we do not try to usurp God’s position in these matters of judgment. Jesus said, “With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again." Shall we then use our sometimes carnal and most certainly imperfect faculties of judgment on our brothers and sisters and thereby condemn ourselves? If we do so, it seems to me that we will not only be guilty of a miscarriage of justice in God’s courts, but we shall also rob God of His office. Pray God that we do not so.

    Brethren, in my fallible way I could be wrong about the the meaning of these scriptures, and if so I beg your pardon and ask that you show it to me so that I can know the matter more perfectly.

A little brother in hope ... Elder Ernest Inman
January 1971




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