Posts Tagged ‘Judgement’

Colossians 2:16-23 Hold Fast to the Head

If the Head says do it, then do it. If the Head says it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t. Follow Him and you will never go wrong.

Paul is giving his readers encouragement against those who are trying to oppress them. “Let no one pass judgement on you” (verse 16a).

The judgement this group was facing was from the false teachers who were trying to conform them to their own standards. “How could he call himself a believer when he eats THAT!” “Believers don’t celebrate those holidays.” “You have to be completely free of any worldly interactions if you are really a believer.”

These are actual attitudes still today. “If you don’t do it my way you can’t really be a ‘Christian’.” That is not what Jesus said.

Jesus said that HE is the way. No man comes to the Father except through Him. No amount of actions or inactions will get you there. Only faith in Jesus. He set up the foundation for the church. He is the head of the church. Jesus calls it His body and He is the Head. If the teaching lines up with HIS word, then by all means follow it. If not, RUN the other way.

One of the foundational teachings of Jesus is that regulations and rules won’t get you into Heaven. We can’t keep them perfectly, no matter how hard we try. Jesus freed us from the law through His death and resurrection. He gave us freedom. Read more »

1 Corinthians 4:1-21 Commended or Convicted

Pride is born out of judgement

Paul focuses on the haughtiness of his readers. I’m curious to know if this is directed at the leaders, the lay people or the whole church body. Would my cheeks be burning with shame if this letter was signally addressed to me?

Something that got my attention while reading this chapter is Paul’s statement regarding God’s final judgement. “It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgement before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God” (verses 4b-5). Read more »