Making Good Judgments
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God. - 1 Corinthians 4:5
As you read and study Paul’s letters, you can see he was quite a person. He sat under one of the greatest Jewish teachers, Gamaliel; a professor of that time, concerning the Law and the Scriptures. Paul was a great intellect; he soaked in the Word of God and became a zealous Jew, persecuting the church. Yet, you can see, when he became a Christian, how God transformed his life and gave him a real heart to take the Gospel to the lost.
In writing his letters, Romans, Corinthians, and Galatians, he really exposed the sin in the Church. We know that Corinth was a party city with a thousand prostitutes, who would come down and seduce both those in the church and the non-believers. When you go to Corinth, the Bema Seat is still there today; this is where Corinthians would go for judgment. Though there was much judgment given in the city, the Corinthian believers were not judging themselves by examining their own behavior.
Paul wanted to be direct and straightforward as he wrote to the church in Corinth. He did exactly what God had called him to do. He informed and exhorted them concerning their carnality. He addressed the sharp divisions over choosing different teachers, such as Apollos and Cephas. Paul gave to them the right perspective; these teachers had roles in God’s plan to plant and water. It was the Lord who gave the increase. God should get all the glory (1 Corinthians 3:4-8).
God does not want us to be divided in the church; He wants us to be centralized in the Gospel of Jesus Christ––in Christ Himself.
Yes, it is Christ, Christ, Christ, whom we have to preach; and if we leave Him out, we leave out the very soul of the Gospel.
~C H Spurgeon~
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