Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 5 Study # 24
April 6, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<426> Thesis: Do not attempt to use the Law to unjustly "punish" another to obtain your own goals. Introduction: Last week we attempted to address Jesus' exhortation/promise, "do not judge, and you will not be judged." Since making judgments is an inescapable part of a godly life, and since God is going to "judge" all wrong doing, a proper understanding of the words requires some thought. About the only meaning that makes sense is taking the words to mean what Paul expressed in Romans 2: "do not judge others in an hypocritical way" because that is the only way to escape judgment for oneself. What that boils down to is this: do not do the evil that you recognize so easily in others. This morning we are going to look into Jesus' next exhortation/promise: "do not condemn and you will not be condemned."