Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

It is the Lord Jesus Christ who has the duty, responsibility, and prerogative to act as the supreme court judge.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

“Good repute” – predicate nominative plural – euphema – eu!fhma = that which is commendable, or that which is well spoken of.

A euphemism is the act or an example of substituting a mild, indirect, or vague term for one considered harsh, blunt, or offensive.

All of you are going to be required to evaluate people from time to time – that is not judging.

JOH 7:24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”

The judging that is forbidden in the word of God is when you assign in your conversation to some other person a sin, real or imagined.

JOB 40:8 Will you really annul My judgment? Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?

Maligning is seeing the sin and telling others.

Gossiping is repeating something you did not see yourself but you heard that it was true.

PRO 14:12 There is a way {which seems} right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

EPH 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.

PRO 6:16-19 – out of the seven which the Lord hates are:
2) A lying tongue.
6) A false witness who utters lies [perjury].
7) A person who spreads strife among the brethren [gossip, slander, maligning, judging].

The blindness of arrogance is that you are committing the worst of sins when you malign, slander, or judge someone else of committing some sin.

The self-righteous arrogance of the evil believer assumes the prerogative of replacing our Lord Jesus Christ as the presiding judge of the Supreme Court of Heaven.

A key word used by self-righteous people is “duty, or responsibility.”

The self-righteous Pharisees thought it was “their duty” to destroy the perfect Son of God.
The legalistic Judaizers also thought it was “their duty” to discredit the grace ministry of Paul and stone him.

JOH 8:7 “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Legalism judges the sins of other believers, real or imagined.
Respectability for maligning others is one of the most evil functions in the Christian way of life.

It is a double standard of arrogance to judge, slander, malign, condemn the sins of others, while at the same time being blind to or ignoring your own sins.

ROM 2:1 – in the slander, maligning, and judging of other believers, the self-righteous arrogant believer is not vindicating himself, but he is actually condemning himself.

PHI 4:8 From now on, members of the Royal family of God, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.

It is neither the duty, responsibility or prerogative of the believer to assume the role and function of Jesus Christ as the Supreme Court Judge.

It is the responsibility of believers to self-evaluate or judge our own lives in the light of the standards of Bible doctrine.

In the case of criminality, that responsibility has been delegated by our Lord to the government.

Regarding another believer with contempt indicates a tremendous function of arrogance in your life.
You do not know the exact stage of that believer’s spiritual growth.

After the resurrection of the Church all believers will be evaluated by our Lord Jesus Christ, ROM 14:12, 2CO 5:10.

1. The condemnation of all of the wrong things we have done; this is the shame related to the judgment seat of Christ.

2. The rewards and blessing for all the things we have done to execute God’s plan.

If – conjunction ei – ei! – a conditional particle; with the indicative mood of the verb, it introduces a protasis of a first class condition.

The first class condition is a statement of absolute reality or fact = “if and it is true.”
The second class condition = “if and it is not true.”

The third class condition is a probable condition = “if, maybe it is true, maybe it is not.”
The fourth condition = “if, I wish it were true, but it is not.”

Nominative singular – arete – a*rethV = virtue, which is moral goodness, or moral excellence of conformity of one’s life, to the laws of divine establishment.

Turn to 2Pe 1

The arrogant believer is locked into Satan’s cosmic system with a sense of superiority.

JER 49:16 The arrogance of your heart has deceived you.

1CO 13:4 Virtue-love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,

If you are not curious about what God has done for you, you have no capacity for life in any area.

Ecclesiastes – there are those who seek for pleasure, success, and happiness and there are those who have pleasure, success, and happiness search for them, ECC 6:2.

1CO 8:1 we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.

The smart, arrogant type believer mixes true doctrine with false doctrine and usually becomes involved with “intellectual cliques.”

Moral degeneracy is the terrible influence of legalism and placing a false set of values on Christian works and service.

1. They are the enemies of the Cross, PHI 3:18.
2. They are enemies of God, JAM 4:4.
3. They are haters of God, JOH 15:23.

4. They are double-minded, JAM 4:8.
5. They are anti-Christ or against Christ, 1JO 2:18-22, 1JO 4:3, 2Jo 7.
6. They are carnal Christians, ROM 8:7; 1CO 3:1-3.

7. They are disciples or students of the devil, 1JO 3:8-10.
8. They are grievers of the Holy Spirit, EPH 4:30.
9. They are quenching the Spirit, 1TH 5:19.

A full understanding of the doctrine of election will counteract the influence of Satan’s cosmic system.

All believers were elected in eternity past for the purpose of inheriting blessings.

Brotherly love is impersonal unconditional virtue-love toward all.

Your blessings being deposited in escrow in eternity past – has nothing to do with time because you could never work or deserve any divine blessing.

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