• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Judgment And Righteousness

Judgment and Righteousness are God's instruments of Justice in the courts of Heaven. The Kingdom of God on the earth came with the birth of Jesus and is being established daily by His Spirit working in the hearts of every believer. God is affirming all that is good and is revealing all that is evil for the Day of Judgment to come.

In His righteousness He established His Law through Moses. And in Jesus Christ, our Lord, God the Father fulfilled all the requirements of the Law and gave all judgment to Him.

Now, because Jesus has come to live and die for our sins and was raised on the third day as He said, through Him we have inherited the righteousness of God.

"For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son..." John 5:22

"For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man." John 5:26

"I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me." John 5:30

"Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged." John 16:7

Jesus, in His ministry to the world judged good and evil as the Son of man, that is, as a human being just like you and I. As His righteousness is now our righteousness. We now through His indwelling Spirit have the same capacity to discern between good and evil, between the righteous and the unrighteous, between right and wrong, between guilt and innocence.

By the power of the Holy Spirit working in us, as we submit ourselves more fully to God, He entrusts to us to know the heart of a matter even when the evidence is not before our eyes. We do not judge by outward appearances, but with Godly judgment we discern what is in the heart.

Apart from the righteousness of God and the presence of the Holy Spirit in us we would be totally subject to the lies and deceptions of the enemy, but we know his ways and we are not caught by surprise when we see them.

Now, Jesus warns us against making ourselves judges of others as it relates to their worthiness to receive God's love and in matters that God has reserved for Himself to judge.

"For we know Him who said, 'Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,' says the Lord. And again, 'The LORD will judge His people.'" Hebrews 10:30

We don't judge whether someone will go to heaven or not, and we don't judge unto condemnation whether someone lives up to our criteria of holiness or Christian perfection. Yes, God does not have one set of values for this person and an entirely different and opposite set of values for another. He is not opposed to Himself. He has the same set of standards and practices for all of us to measure up to, but it is His authority alone to sort out the wheat from the tares. Our part is to love and leave the judgment to Him.

"Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." Luke 6:37

We can and we must, righteously judge behavior, our own and that of others, but still without condemnation. In this case our judgment is to determine the boundaries we must establish in our relationship with others, so as not to become partakers in their sin, lest by doing so we offend the righteousness of God, given to us at so great a price—the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

The leader who possesses righteousness and judgment from God will execute His office of authority with wisdom, honor, fairness, and distinction to the glory of God and the blessing of the people he, by oath of office and before God, is sworn to lead.

Good judgment is good sense. Though it seems too few in government possess it. But I do believe God has raised up in our time some who do possess good sense, good judgment and have been made the righteousness of God in Christ, possessing the wisdom from above, walking in faith and living lives of honor and integrity, courageous in defending the truth in the face of overwhelming opposition, men and women who are trustworthy, honest, humble, unselfish, leaders who know what it means to be under the authority of God, responsible, compassionate upholding justice and extending mercy with wise understanding.

“Impossible,” you say?

No. Not impossible, because the Spirit of God in the people of God makes us all this kind of person. And there are certainly some who haven been granted a higher calling of service and been made equipped to do great things by virtue of their earned achievements through hard work, sacrifice and overcoming great obstacles and adversities to accomplish what had been before, insurmountable tasks.

As you consider your choices in the next national election I hope you will consider God's Word and the wisdom it provides to help you make the choices that will honor the cause of God's Kingdom being established on the earth as it is in Heaven, because, what is good before God is good for all people, every race, every man woman and child, born and unborn, at every age, every tribe, every country and every nation on the face of the earth. And God judges not by outward appearance but by the heart.

And there shall come that day when all nations will come to stand before Him to worship Him.

"Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth-to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people-saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.’ " Revelation 14:6-7

"Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your judgments have been manifested." Revelation 15:4

This is our hope, this is our confidence, this is our faithful expectation and assurance, that through Jesus Christ our Lord we have an eternal life of peace, joy and everlasting love in Him. So, we live to show His love share His peace, declare His good news and pray for all people that they will be saved, leaving all judgment to God alone, now and forever more, Amen.

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