Living the Christian Life Series part 2. 

The Application of the Principles and Precepts of God's Character are a privilege and responsibility in living the Christ like life.

(If you have not looked at information on Principles look at Unit 4a first)

Unit 6l  Judgment Vs Condemnation

Syllabus for Applying The Principle of Judgement. 

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1. Assignment: Look up all references given, and summarize them.

Send in your summaries and self test when finished as well as any questions you may have.  Also include any other assignments you have completed. They will be evaluated and returned with answers to questions and the next unit of the Family of God Bible Outlines on Biblical Christianity. 

We must remember that we were made to be in the image and likeness of God, therefore we are to take on His character and live by His standards and not yours or the worlds.                                                                 

Remember every true Biblical Doctrine is in harmony with the nature and character of God.

See what you can learn of God’s will. [His heart for you] 

2 Assignment: For the application of what you have studied in this unit. 

(A)  After doing this study listen to your own comments and that of others about people and their actions for one week, and evaluate them by the standards for Biblical Judgement, to see if they were truly Biblical judgments or worldly condemnation. 

(B) List any discrepancies you discovered and how you can change, to make only true           Biblical judgments.  



Table of Content

The PRINCIPLE of Judgment 


The PROVISION for Judgment


The IMPORTANCE of Judgment


The MOTIVE for Judgment


The PRODUCT of Judgment

         Self Test 




The PRINCIPLE of Judgement is established by God.  His Holiness and Righteousness demands it.

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men,  who hold the truth in unrighteousness;" Rom. 1:18 

              Consider: Rom. 1:17-32, 3:9-23  

The PRECEPT of Judgement is God's scale of values, which comes from His character. God's judgement compares man's ways to His ways for He made mankind to be in His image and likeness.  Gen. 1:26

"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:6-9 

        Consider: Gen. 6:5;  Mat. 15:18-19;  Rom. 8:7;  Eph. 4:17


The RESPONSIBILITIES of Judgement        

              1.  God expects His people to judge themselves.

"For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the  world." 1 Cor. 11:31 

              Consider: 2 Cor. 13:5;  Gal. 6:4;  1 John 1:5-2:6

              2. God expects His people to Judge Others.  At Home, the Local Church, others in Christ everywhere.

"Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and  not before the saints?  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?   Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?   If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.  I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you?1 Cor. 6:1-5 

              We are to judge others by God's scale of values and not our own.

"Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour."  Lev. 19:15 

             Consider: Mat. 7:2-5;  Luke 6:35-38;  John 7:24;  1 Cor. 6:1-7 


The Provision for Judgement:

       (a) The scriptures: To develop convictions for our decisions and actions.

"These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11

             Consider: Isa. 34:16;  John 14:26;  1 Cor. 2:14-16,  2 Tim: 2 15,  3:16-17;  Rom.15:4;  2 Pet. 1:2-8

          (b) Wisdom:  Discernment for application of knowledge.

"Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?  1 Kings 3:9 

             Consider: Prov. 1:20-33;   Heb. 5:12-14;  James 1:5

The Importance of Judgement:                                                        

             (a) Protection from False teachers:

"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction."  2 Pet. 2:1      

         Consider: 1 John 4:1


(b) For Fellowship and yoking:

 "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." 2 Cor. 6:14-18_

Consider: John 15:19;  Eph. 5:11;  2 Thes. 3:6

The Motive for Judgement:  Edification  (Spiritual Growth) and Restoration.

"Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction." 2 Cor. 13:10

         Consider: Rom.15:1-2;  2 Cor. 12:19;  Gal. 6:1-3

         (a) Individually  

"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.  Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself."  Gal. 6:1-3         

        Consider: 1 Cor. Chapt. 8

(b) Collectively

"Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do." 1 Thes. 5:11

              Consider: Eph.4:11-17 


The Product of Judgement is Godly Living

"For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:"  2 Cor. 10:8 

In the Home.

"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the   word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or  any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.” Eph. 5:25-28

Consider: Prov. 13:24, 22:6,

        In the Church individually  

"Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.  Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Tim. 2:19-22

        Consider: Phil. 3:12-17; 1 John 1:5-2:6

             In the Church Body

"Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Math. 18:15-20   

             Consider: 1 Cor. Chapt. 5 & 6;  2 Cor. 2:6-10


           In Government Judgment is to deliver Justice.

"Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.  Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked."            Psalm 82:1-4

               Consider: Prov.14:34;  2 Chr.7:14;  2 Pet. 3: 5-14



Self test: on Applying the Principle of Judgement

These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have  learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life.  Remember meditation on God’s Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing.

Things to consider:

Q1. Why is Judgement necessary? 

Q2. What standard or scale of values are to be used for righteous Judgement, and what must you know to understand them? 

Q3. What is God's provision for Judgement, and what obligation do you have in it?

Q4. What is the proper heart motive and goal for Judgement?      

Q5. What effect can the lack of proper Judgement have on or in the following.....? 

(a)  Family

(b)  Church

(c)  Neighbors

(d)  Government

Q6. In what way can Judgment be abused?

You are now ready to study unit 6m The Principle of Yoking.    

May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28  “ And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”   
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith


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