Perhaps it is time for a fresh look at judgment.
John 5:22 – For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
When Jesus said, “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth,” He meant “All power.” The word “power” in the Matthew 28:18 passage is “exousia,” meaning “authority.” When we see the word “authority,” we are seeing what might be pictured by the uniform and badge worn by a duly sworn law enforcement officer. The badge he/she wears is a symbol of their authority to fulfill the responsibilities of their position. Jesus said He had been given “all authority.” That means He had the right and responsibility to carry out His role of Lordship over the body of Christ wherever that body has the right and responsibility to exist. That includes heaven AND earth. That includes the power of judgment. Think of that for a moment. With “all power” being entrusted into the hands of Jesus, that means Father has relinquished into the hands of Jesus all power over His creation He had formerly held. Of course, we know that Father, Son, and Holy Ghost all agree as one, and are in perfect unity in all things. Therefore whatever judgment the Son brings is precisely the same judgment Father would bring. Remember, Jesus said of Himself that He (the Son) could ONLY DOwhat He saw Father do.
But we should not stop at this transfer of power to Jesus. Because we are living under the New Covenant, we should carry that process to the conclusion explicitly expressed in the Scriptures. Jesus said, “all power,” (all authority) had been given to Him in heaven and earth. But then He adds that we are to “go into all the earth and” carry out that which He has given us to do. For that purpose and to that end He gave us the power of attorney to use His Name, and He fully authorized us (His body) to do the works He did and even greater works. As heirs of Father and joint-heirs with Christ, we carry, as His ambassadors, all the authority granted to Jesus. However, for us to walk in that manifest authority, we must do it according to the pattern Jesus set forth. Just as He could only do what He saw Father do, we must learn to walk with our God as Jesus did, seeing with the eyes of the Spirit that which Father does, and imitating Him as the dear children He has called us to be. And the judgment that comes forth from us MUST BE RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT! That requires that we “study to show ourselves approved…..”
Manna for Today – John 5:19-29; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 John 5:7; Mark 16:15-20; John 14:12-14
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