Matt 7:1-29 1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Does this mean that if we don't ever judge anyone that God won't judge us? Of course not! We will all be judged by our works. Works are the results of the judgments that we have made during our life times. What is really being said is to judge carefully and honestly.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
How do you know that your brother has a mote in his eye? By judging of course! How do you know you have a beam in your own eye? By judging!
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
He did not say to not help your brother cast the mote out of his eye, but to be sure that you see clearly when helping him or you could cause more damage than good.
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
How do you decide that they are dogs and not worthy to observe your pearls or hear the truths of the gospel that you have learned. You have to judge whether they are dogs or not!
How do you decide what is Holy and what is not Holy? We have to make judgements.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
How do you know what to ask for? You have to make a judgment as to what you want to happen or the way you want to go. Again you are making a judgment!
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
How do you seek or what do you seek for? What door do you knock on? You have to make a judgment as to which door you want to knock on or what church to go to. Every action we take in life requires us to make a judgment about a church or the people we work with and associate with.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Which gate do we go into? We have to make a judgment about the path we walk everyday!
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Few that be that find the strait gate. It's very important that we choose or judge the correct path that leadeth to life.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
How do we know which are false prophets and which are true. We make judgments!
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
How do we determine which fruits are good fruits and which are corrupt? We have to evaluate each fruit and determine if it produces good tasting fruit or if it is rotten. How do I determine if a church is a good tree or a corrupt tree?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
How do we determine which fruits are good fruits and which are corrupt?
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
How do we determine which fruits are evil fruits and which are good?
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Who decides what tree is hewn down? God does in the final act but we as workers in His vineyard are responsible for pruning and caring for the vineyard.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
We will know who is good and evil by their fruits. We evaluate their fruits and choose to support them or oppose them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Those who will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, will be judged by God, but we have to know who are our friends and who are not.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
God will, at the meeting with souls who are leaving this world, say that MANY who profess to know the Lord are strangers to Him. MANY not few, but MANY. Mankind seems to take just the opposite view that most who profess to know God are good people. Sure will be sad when we arrive at that day and find that the church and most of our friends didn't make it because we weren't good fruit inspectors. We have a responsibility to help those around us see the truth. How will we feel when our neighbor stands before God and God has to tell them to depart because I never knew you. Won't God ask if they didn't know us and were friends with us? If so why don't they know the truth of the Gospel of Christ?
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
How do we know whether we are built on the Rock or not. It requires a judgment as to doctrines, churches and support of ministry.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
We are either on God's side or we are against Him and there is no in-between. We must live our lives with 110% of our thought, efforts and talents directed toward serving God. If we try to run the race at 75% efficiency, we will fail.
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Even in the reaction of the people is an example of judgment. They judged between the words of Christ and His actions as compared to the scribes. They decided that Christ has authority and that the scribes were phonies!
Luke 12:51-57 51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
Isn't that what modern religion teaches today? God is a God of love and peace! But Christ says that He came to the earth to bring division! He wants His people to choose the path that they walk to choose to love Him and serve Him.
52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
This is a perfect description our world today!
54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.
55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.
He says that we make judgments every day in everything that we do.
56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
To end this verse Christ even asks why we don't judge what is right.
1 Cor 10:15 15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
Instructed to judge.
Lev 19:15 15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
Tells us how we should judge!
Ps 58:1 58:1 Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? Do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? Do you judge uprightly?
Ps 82:2 2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
We judge unjustly and God asks us why. We need to judge justly!
Isa 1:17 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Commanded to judge the fatherless.
Luke 12:57 57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?
God asks us why we don't judge that which is right!
John 7:24 24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
Commanded to use righteous judgment.
Acts 4:19 19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
Again the command to judge ye!
1 Cor 5:11-12 11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? Do not ye judge them that are within?
We are told not to associate with those that do wickedly. How do we determine who we should associate with? Then asks us if we don't judge those in our fellowship.
1 Cor 6:2-5 2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?
4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? No, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
Specific instructions on how to judge within the church!
1 Cor 10:14-15 14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say. Flee from idolatry.
How do we determine what is idolatry? Commanded to judge what is said.
1 Cor 14:29 29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
When prophecy or tongues are given, let two or three speak and the other judge whether it is truth from God.