Acts 24:25 – And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
Today we examine a subject that some fear, many more use it to dodge their God-assigned responsibilities, and still others ignore to their own detriment. That topic is judgment. Those who fear it are afraid of being judged. They have something to hide. Those who use it to dodge their God-assigned responsibilities are afraid of upsetting the status quo, and especially of being shunned by other people. And just as sad are those who just ignore the entire matter, saying all judgment is up to God. They are either scared or lazy. In any of these circumstances, judgment still awaits, and they are in no position to reason of judgment as a witness to any lost person.
But take a look at our Text for Today once more. Paul reasoned with Felix about judgment. While it is little understood by many Christians today, it is still one of the points of reasoning that is vital in the winning of the lost. Allow me to share some points concerning judgment that will serve you well. While there is not space here to even begin deep study, simple use of a good concordance examining these points will serve you well.
· We are to judge righteous judgment. That is judgment that is based solidly upon the instruction of Scripture, applying it in love.
· We are to judge ourselves in light of our Covenant, for if we do so, we will not be judged by others. They may pass opinions for judgment, but there is no power or authority behind it.
· We are to judge the fruit we see in the lives of others, and if we see no fruit, we must make a Biblical judgment of that.
· We are to judge the works we see, using that Biblical judgment as a line of demarcation to keep us from entering into fellowship with that which God says to avoid.
· We are to judge as though making a summary judgment between brethren who are found at odds with one another and cannot be reconciled. And in this case, if a mature believer is not available to make the judgment, even a young believer can do so, for doing the right thing according to the law of love should be easy to discern.
Within the church lies a very dangerous failure to apply the principles of judgment that belong to the believer. To overcome this danger requires deeper study on the part of all Christians, and especially among the five-fold ministry. And among the five-fold ministry there is the grave responsibility to teach these truths in their divine assignment to “perfect the saints.”
Manna for Today – Acts 24:22-27; Isaiah 1:18-20; Matthew 7:1-2; Luke 12:57; John 5:30; John 8:26; Romans 14:13; 1 Corinthians 4:3-5; 1 Corinthians 5:11-13; 1 Corinthians 6:3-5; Ephesians 4:11-13