Our last study of the “eternal judgment” by our Lord Jesus Christ made us reflect on how we are judging now. We might read one verse that says “do not judge” and another one that instructs us to judge righteously. Frank Abel joins Tim Young to discuss these passages and how we have to take them all together to get a balanced view.
“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” (John 7:24)
- Many passages about the future judgment relate to how we are judging now (e.g. Rom. 14:10-13)
- Essential Bible studies are so we might exercise our discernment between good and evil (Heb. 5:14)
- We have to be wise about how we judge. Contrast between 1 Cor. 4:3-5 and 5:3; 6:5 (1 Cor. 11:28-32)
When Not to Judge
- When you are judging motives (1 Cor. 4:3-5)
- When you are a hypocrite (Matt. 7:1-3, see also James 3:1)
- When you are judging outward appearances (John 7:24; James 2:1-4; Isa. 53:2-3)
- When you have only heard one side of the story (Prov. 18:17; Deut. 19:18)
- God loves judgment
- To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD (Prov. 21:3, see also Psa. 51:16-17)
- In judgment he delights (Jer. 9:24; Micah 6:8; bonus Zech. 7:9; 8:16)
- One of the weightier matters of the law (Luke 11:42)
- The need to balance love and judgment
- What is a true friend? (Prov. 27:5-6)
- How to love your neighbor (Lev. 19:17-18)
- Loving like Jesus (Rev. 3:19)
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In Hebrews 6:2, one of the essential bible studies listed is that of “eternal judgment”. Frank Abel joins Tim Young to discuss the subject of the coming judgment. It is important for us to understand the Bible’s teaching on this as it says we will all have to stand before the “judgment seat of Christ”. Will you be ready?
- Romans 14:10-12 – Key verse: Everyone to give an account at the judgment seat of Christ
- Mark 16:15-16 – The gospel preaching to all the world is the basis of responsibility
- Acts 10:40-48 – Jesus will be the judge
- 2 Timothy 4:1 – The judgment will be at Christ’s appearing and kingdom
- 2 Corinthians 5:10-11 – The basis of judgment to come
- 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 – The dead rise first, then the living
- Acts 24:14-15 – A resurrection of the just and unjust that causes Felix to tremble
- Romans 2:3-11,16 – A whole chapter on the judgment day
- Matthew 22:11-14 – Final thoughts on many called, but few chosen
Ted Hodge is here to share with us his top eight passages on baptism.
- Mark 16:15-16 – Belief and baptism for salvation
- Acts 8:12 – Men and women (not children) who believed the gospel were baptised
- Acts 8:36-39 – Baptism is an immersion in water (see also John 3:22-23)
- John 3:5 – Cannot enter the kingdom if not born of water and spirit
- Acts 22:16 – Past: Baptism is for the forgiveness of past sins (see also 1 Cor. 15:31)
- Romans 6:3-6 – Present: Baptism is for walking in a new life (see also Matt. 3:17)
- Galatians 3:26-29 – Future: Baptism makes us heirs of the promises
- 1 Peter 3:20-21 – Conclusion
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This is the second part of our study on the Coming of the King in 1 Thessalonians. Paul encouraged the Thessalonians in their hope of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven. This is our hope too. Tim and Stephen converse on the importance of making this a reality and living our lives as if we were already in the Kingdom of God.
The music at the end is “Crown of Rejoicing” from the “Even So, Come” CD. Used by permission.
This episode is broadcast from a special place, the Manitoulin Island Christadelphian Bible Camp with a special guest. You’ll have to listen in to find out who it is. He shares with us his studies in Paul’s epistles to the Thessalonians with its emphasis on the coming of the King, the Lord Jesus Christ. The word “coming” is the Greek parousia and has a special cultural and historical significance. Our guest also shares with us an essential Bible study concerning faith, hope, and love, which he calls “the royal triplet”. This is part 1 of 2.
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