Gary Paul - Olympia II, Washington Convention - 2018

I’d like to talk about what nobody likes – judgment. Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” You’ll never escape judgment! We have the privilege of going before God and receiving judgment everyday – learning how He thinks about things.

Matthew 7:1-5 is talking about how to help a brother. He’s not realizing he has a beam in his own eye. “I don’t see things as I should have but I’m going to straighten my brother out!” You’re actually judging yourself! You get yourself straightened out¸ and you’ll be amazed that the mote in your brother’s eye goes away!

We often confuse judgment with condemnation. They are not the same thing. We have the privilege of getting judgment, and being judged again and again.

Proverbs 21:15, “It is a joy to the just to do judgment but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.”
It’s a joy when we’re willing to look at the Way and Will of God, and receive judgment and correction from it! Read Psalm 119 – just about every verse is about judgement! There is much more said about judgment than there is about condemnation. Judgment is the comparison of something to a standard. When we receive judgment, we’re compared to a standard, and it’s not the ministry!

Romans 2:16, “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ.” So, I don’t have to worry about being judged by Carlan, or one of the sisters because that’s not the judgment that counts! When it comes to something that counts, we’re all compared to Christ! We all come short! We’ve all sinned and come short of the glory of God! We can’t escape being sinners but it is wonderful that there is a provision made to take care of sin, in the life of a Standard, Jesus.

I Peter 4:17, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” Judgment is found in being compared to Jesus! Most of us know a bit of our own human nature, and about how much God has been able to work within us and make changes. We know what the standard of judgment is, and it won’t change!

Amos 5:15, “Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate; it may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.” Seek judgment. Establish judgment. One thing God was upset with was the judgment at the gates. God is going to judge us by Jesus Christ. There are three verses very specifically dealing about God’s judgment. Judgment is always critical.

Isaiah 61:8, “For I, the Lord, love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.” It doesn’t come any plainer than that! We need to look at the life and spirit of Christ to know what we must be! That’s the One that God loves entirely!

Psalms 33:4-5, “For the word of the Lord is right and all His works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment; the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.”

Psalms 37:27-28, “Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not His saints; they are preserved for ever but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.”

Psalms 37:30, “The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.”
“I, the Lord, love judgment.” We can compare things to Christ. In Matthew 5, all those characteristics were found in Christ. The fruit of the Spirit is the same thing – the characteristics of the life of Christ!

Isaiah 59:8, “The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings. They have made them crooked paths; whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.” If you had no judgment, how could you walk in peace, just doing whatever you wanted? We can have peace in the midst of every sort of turmoil but we won’t have peace outside of God’s Will.

Isaiah 59:9, “Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us. We wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.” Jesus said, “If the light in you be darkness, how great is thy darkness!” Satan can take darkness and put it in someone, and convince them it’s light! We know people like that!

Isaiah 59:11 “We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves. We look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.” Without judgment, we’re never brought to the place of repentance, and can never be right!

Isaiah 59:13, “In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off, for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey and the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no judgment.”

We talk about not judging, but have we compared what’s right and wrong to know how to live? There are a whole multitude of things in God’s eyes that are wrong (read Romans 1; I Corinthians 6; Galatians 5:19; I Timothy 1:9-10). Isaiah 5:20, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”

In our country today, it’s almost like we’re commanded by law to say that things in this list are right, but what does God say? It’s wrong! I had a cousin, and he was a homosexual and a preacher. We were pretty distant from each other. The judgment of God is that, that is wrong! If we were under the law, death would be the result. Today spiritual death would be the result. The judgment of God, wrapped up in God’s Son, is the law. Not one bit is done away with – it’s still there! It’s just lost its power. The standard we use is Christ.

Judgment is a dangerous tool! If you don’t use it correctly, it can take your life! We look at a situation and say, “You’re right – he’s wrong!” But we need to make sure we know the Lord’s side! You and I need to be sure, yes, that we exercise judgment – that’s right, and that’s wrong – but we need to make sure we don’t take sides!

Here’s what can happen. I take sides, and it draws a little division in the field. Then, all of a sudden it comes to light he’s wrong. Maybe I say some unkind things that he’s wrong. Do you ever take care of that? You ought to! Be sure you know what the Lord’s side is! You can be a help to both parties to get back on the Lord’s side. When it becomes “Your side” and “My side,” we begin to drift apart. I’m conscious that I need a lot of help. We need to use judgment with the guidance of God.