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2 But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.

 

God’s standard of judgment is truth. There is no subjectivity in God’s judgments.

2 But we know

“Know” here is a general statement of truth, knowledge common to most people.

that the judgment of God is according to truth

God makes His judgments “according to truth.” Truth is an attribute of God; therefore, His judgments are impartial because He bases judgment on unadulterated facts. Truth is the first principle, for God has all the facts and man doesn’t. The Bible does not condemn judging per se. It is what the judgment is based upon that is the crucial idea.

3: 4 Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged.”

against those who practice such things.

God’s judgment is from the source of the truthfulness of His character. He makes His judgment based on His own consistency. There is inconsistency in the self-righteous person. He looks down his nose at others while maintaining the façade of his own righteousness.

PRINCIPLE:

God’s standard of judgment is truth.

APPLICATION:

Judgment itself is not wrong. It is something that God Himself does. Since God judges men, they can expect a fair trial. His judgment squares with the facts. Paul made judgments in the first three chapters of Romans. Many passages speak of the necessity to make judgments. Objective judgment is valid. Judgment that is inconsistent, subjective, and self-deceived is a distortion of biblical judgment.

It is not wrong to call an apple tree an apple tree; it has apples hanging from it. That is factual and a good judgment. However, if we call a tree an orange tree but we do not know the characteristics of an orange tree and we do not see oranges hanging from it, that is bad judgment from God’s viewpoint.

It is utterly naïve to assert that “God would never judge anyone.” If God were not to make judgments, then His attributes of truth, justice, and righteousness would hold no value. There is construct and meaning to everything if there is a God such as the God of the Bible.

There is no miscarriage of justice in God’s court of justice. He has no misunderstanding about any issue. He will never allow misrepresentation or mistake to distort the case.

We can settle the ultimate judgment of God out of court. Jesus took our sentence of eternal death by paying for our sins on the cross. If we believe that, God will lift eternal judgment from us.

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