Did Jesus Come to Judge?

In one verse Jesus said He did not come to judge. In another, Jesus said He came to judge. This 1-minute devotion explains why it's not a contradiction.

Judgment-phobia is everywhere.

Even Christians are rebuking fellow Christians for talking about sin. 

I wrote about the misuse of Matthew 7:1 in "Judge not!".

But what about John 3:17
"God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world." 

Let's study that verse in context.

In the verses immediately following 17, Jesus judges sin and sinners (John 3:18-20)

In fact, Christ makes many judgment statements in Scripture. In John 9:39, Jesus says, "For judgment I have come into this world."  

Is this a contradiction?
No!

John 3:17 explains Jesus didn't come simply to judge. Many translations more accurately use the word "condemn."

Judgement is a necessary part of redemption: if a man thinks he's well, he'll refuse the medicine you offer. If he knows he's dying, he'll eagerly take the cure. 

Jesus didn't come simply to condemn/judge men and tell them they were dying. He came to tell them they were dying, but He has the cure.

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In one verse Jesus said He did not come to judge. In another, Jesus said He came to judge. This 1-minute devotion explains why it's not a contradiction.

 



In one verse Jesus said He did not come to judge. In another, Jesus said He came to judge. This 1-minute devotion explains why it's not a contradiction.

4 comments:

  1. I see this so similarly, but with a minor difference that uses an emphasis on the words specifically used in these scriptures. A Judge is not needes to necessarily "condemn" as is true through the multiple meanings of the word "condemn". A very real way of reading these scriptures is that it is mankind's actions through sin that condemn ourselves.

    Jesus does not need to judge us for us to be condemned by our actions, however, without His judgement there is no opportunity for mercy. We are already condemned by sin, but His judgement confirms our state in that condemnation as either guilty or covered by His Love in action. Selah.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you as you fulfill the role He has given you to exhort His people to Him and His teaching.

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    1. Hi Servant,

      I agree with the heart of what you are saying, but I want to clarify a couple of points.

      There is a popular belief I hear often that God doesn't send anyone to Hell. We send ourselves by unbelief. And I think some might read your comment and think you are saying something similar, although I don't think that's quite what you mean.

      But I think it's important for us to understand that we cause our punishment, but God is the one who judges and punishes us. We don't judge and punish ourselves.

      God's judgement is unbiased and pure. He knows all things, every tiny detail, so all of His judgements are perfect.

      The Evil unrepentant God-hater is not going to judge himself accurately, nor is he going to throw himself in hell. God will do those things.

      I hope that clarifies that aspect of this subject.
      God bless you, and like you, I am grateful for God's mercy as well as His judgement.

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  2. God's judgments do not condemn us but they are designed to save us and bring us into righteousness. They teach us Righteouness. If you have to amputate your leg to stop a disease from spreading every where. The doctor comes in to do the surgery but the focus is to save your life, not loose your leg.

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    1. The overall message of your comment is correct and uses some good analogies. However, God's judgments do condemn those who refuse to repent. That's why we can say there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). But those who reject Him will be condemned.

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