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The Right to Judge

Don't Neglect the Infrastructure

Today, I have some random Red Letters for you because today is another Red Letter Day!

There are tons of folks out there who want to tell you that Jesus’ words are unreliable, that they can’t be trusted. Some of them are scholars who have spent decades researching ancient languages and documents. Others are those who use seemingly impenetrable arguments and logic to “prove” the Bible to be full of holes.

Jesus makes a statement in John 7 that helps me to understand who I should listen to.

If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. ~ John 7:17

Before you can believe anyone’s theology, you need to take a peek at their life. Jesus tells us that the only ones who can rightly judge Jesus’ doctrine are the ones who desire to do the will of the Father.

That word ‘will’ (the first one - thelō) means:

1)    to will, have in mind, intend

  1. to be resolved or determined, to purpose
  2. to desire, to wish
  3. to love

2)    to like to do a thing, be fond of doing

  1. to take delight in, have pleasure


Do you see it? Only people who are trying to do the will of God have the right to judge the word of God. [Tweet This]

So next time someone tries to talk you out of something Jesus told you – check the fruit. If this is a person whose main desire is to do the will of God, who is striving to walk in the light, and bring light to all around – he might be a good source. But on the other hand, if he is casual about life in general, and careless about the will of God for his life – that is a bit suspect.

If he or she simply rejects Jesus altogether, your job then is to simply love them, pray for them, and preach the Word (Jesus) to them. Leave the rest up to Him.

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by today.

See you again soon.


10 thoughts on “The Right to Judge

  1. Lisa

    Reminds me of Chorinthians 2:14.... The man without the spirit does not accept the things of the spirit because they are foolishness to him.". When someone attempts discredit the word, find holes etc, I am reminded if they do not have the lord in their heart they are spiritually blind...hence the truth looks foolish to them. And as you said, our job is to keep loving, praying for them and leaving the rest up to Jesus. To the world we are a particular people....strange odd to those who don't believe, when in fact we hold the wisdom we are so blessed to have recieved!

    Have a great day Ben!

    1. Ben Nelson

      Amen - thanks Lisa. Sometimes even the words of those who don't know Christ can seem so logical and undermine our faith. That is why i so love these Red Letters. Jesus is so straight forward. (mostly)
      God bless you Lisa, and thanks for commenting.

  2. cycleguy

    i do more than check the fruit. I also take what they say and take it back to the Word to study for myself. Too much garbage is wrapped in a biblically sounding package.

  3. bennetta faire

    Today I made a conscious decision not to give up my time/energy to listen to someone who's bottom line is NOT Jesus--it was so freeing, thank you LORD. I love it that my heart and mind's intention and desire (love and will) toward God/Jesus always count with Him. I don't have to be a Bible scholar; I don't have to be perfect in thought, word or deed--He knows where and IN WHOM I stand, and He always honors that, always is there to help me. Whew--I've worn myself out just walking to class today... God bless you and the fam--love, sis caddo


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