Our Imperative to Judge

Written By: Matthew Alva

Are you a Christian who wants to go deeper in your understanding of scripture and grow in it’s application to life? Then you must learn the imperative to judge all things by the will of God.

Jesus said:

“…My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”
John 5:30

Jesus was not bent on seeing things His own way, and neither should we. Rather, we should gain an understanding of the will of God through the Word of God so we can Judge like Jesus did; righteously. I know this subject’s never talked about, but let me show you why it’s so important.

Jesus continued in the same passage saying to the religious leaders:

But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.”John 5:38

How could they not believe? These church leaders had an extensive knowledge of what the Bible said, but according to Jesus, the Word of God did not abide in them. Furthermore, this verse illustrates why they were incapable of discerning who He was. Jesus hits it on the nail, solidifying the idea, when he says:

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.   John 5:39

They couldn’t tell because they lacked the key ingredient to understanding the will of God:

“…Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”

And:

“…he who is spiritual judges all things”

1 Corinthians 2:11, 12, 15

The word spiritual in Greek means non-carnal, or of spirit. While, they may have had knowledge, they still were carnal, and living a carnal life is not the basis for which to understand the will of God; being spiritual is.

Keys to Learning Gods Will:

  1. Don’t just read the Bible to know what it says; Study the Bible to understand what it means.
  2. Do you’re best to dig into the scripture, but bring those thoughts to God in prayer so the Spirit of God can clarify those truths.
  3. Practice looking at life through the lens of scripture, and I mean everything.
  4. The world will always have a contrary view, whether its overt or in the details. When you prayerfully pay attention to everything you’re involved in, God will help you distinguish between good and evil.

Knowing Gods will is the first step in judging Gods way. Unlike the religious leaders who couldn’t see the Messiah standing right in front of them, God wants us to see clearly in spiritual matters, and practical ones. Especially, in a world filled with conflicting views, it’s our imperative to judge the lives we live and decisions we make, based on the Word of God, and will of God.