This a sermon transcript preached by Timothy Williams. These were preached many years back, some decades ago. Preacher Timothy Williams is not associated with any church, denomination, or ministry. Blessed are those who love the honey of God’s Word!

How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
(Psalm 119:103)

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Sermon Area Basic Introduction

Not Even Death

Not even death can keep a preacher from preaching. A godly preachers words come from fire in the bones. But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. (Jeremiah 20:9)



On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.

There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead.

Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted. (Acts 20:7-12)

The sermons normally lasted 45 to 60 but do not grumble that my sermons were long. True by today’s milk toast entertain me Christian standards they are lengthy. But not long when one considers the days are evil and that ignorance floods the church. …making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:16)


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I never preached about the Word of God. Rather I was led by the Holy Spirit to preach the Word.

What I Mean By Sound Doctrine

Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season;
correct, rebuke and encourage
with great patience and careful instruction.
(2 Timothy 4:2)

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Judging, Part 3

We will look at the issue of whether Christians are to judge and, if so, how do they judge. We will also look at the fact that we need to pray for a spirit of judgment to return to the church.

Let’s continue now in the topic that God moves through his people. Most of the time God works a spirit of judgment and cleansing and dealing with sin through fellowship within the church, through the body of Jesus Christ. Now, due to our hard hearts and our lying words that say we love God and really belong to him, we don’t see judgment within the body of Jesus Christ anymore.

Exodus 32:25 – Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies.

As we mentioned in the previous sermon and looked at in detail, the church is laughed at by the world because we have lost the spirit of judgment that comes from the Living God. Even though Moses pleaded for forgiveness and God accepted what Moses had said, God still carried out this judgment. The whole business of judging within the church comes from an attitude of love, of laying down our lives for one another. We looked at that in Judging, Part 2.

Exodus 32:26 – So he stood at the entrance to the camp and said, “Whoever is for the LORD, come to me.” And all the Levites rallied to him.

Do you think you want this spirit of judgment within the church? Do you really want righteousness and holiness back within the body of Jesus Christ? Do you really want revival to happen in the land of America? Are you willing for God to work all of these things in your life? Are you willing to make yourself a vessel by which God, through his Holy Spirit, can begin to work a spirit of purity and holiness and righteousness within the church? Do you think you want that? Well, let’s see what happens when we rally to the Lord and say that we want to be on his side.

Exodus 32:27-29 – Then he said to them, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’” The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the LORD today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.”

Do you want to be blessed in the Lord? Do you want this spirit of judgment to really take place? Strap a sword to your side, which, of course, is the living word of God. It is Scripture alive by the power of the Holy Spirit. Of course, today it is not a physical sword. Now go back and forth through the camp as the Lord leads and begin to “kill” your brothers and your sisters, your friends and your neighbors. Begin to strike at sin everywhere you see it. Begin to use the word of God as the Spirit leads to reveal sin and to rebuke individuals and to be obedient no matter what the cost. Turn away from every ministry that is greedy, every ministry that begs for money or sells their goods—rebuke them and if they don’t repent, leave them. Have nothing to do with them. Strike them dead by the power of the word of God. Do you really want to rally to the Lord? If you want to belong to him, then begin to go up and down through the camp, judging every book, and every minister. I don’t care how holy you think they are, or how much good they have done, or how many people they have bought to the Lord. If they have become defiled, are full of folly or wickedness that they will not repent of—if they give excuses, reasons, justifications for their sin, then take the word of God and slash things up! Walk through that camp back and forth so that everybody knows what you are doing. Begin to strike as the Lord leads you to strike. Then, you will be blessed. Remember, you said you wanted the Spirit of the Living God in your church.

Exodus 32:27-29 -Then he said to them, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’” The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the LORD today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.”

So, Moses stood at the entrance to the camp. In the same way, stand at the entrance of your church and say, “Whoever is for the Lord come to me.” “All of the Levites rallied to him.” See who in your church will rally and declare what you say is true; “We need to repent and change. We need a spirit of judgment within the church.” “Then he said to them, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says.’” All of the scriptures that we have looked at about the need for judgment in the church come from God. We didn’t make them up. They are in context. This is what the Greek and Hebrew say. “Each man strap a sword to his side.” Take the word of God such as the scripture in 1 Corinthians 5 that says not to even eat with certain men and start living it in your church. Scripture says that anyone who claims to be a Christian but is greedy and refuses to repent, you can’t eat with them. You can’t associate with them. Kick them out of the church. Live that Scripture, no matter what the cost. No matter what the leadership says, no matter what the elders or the deacons or the pastors say, no matter what they accuse you of—whether they call you unloving or unkind—you live it and be obedient to it if you really want to rally to the Lord. If you want to play word games, that is fine. That is your choice. You can go to hell. I mean, if that is what you choose to do, I guess that’s your choice! But, if you rally to the Lord, then take that one scripture and begin to live it!

I am sure a lot of you ask, “Well, what does he mean by greedy?” Jesus said that anyone who doesn’t hate and despise money is greedy. So, it is very simple! Anyone in your church who does not know or is not growing and learning to hate and despise money—anybody who has money “in its proper place,” anyone living on a budget, don’t eat with them or associate with them if they won’t repent.

Exodus 32:27-29 “Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.” The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the LORD today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.”

We don’t see this spirit of judgment, holiness, and righteousness in the church today because the church no longer knows how to hate. Yes, I said hate. That is H-A-T-E… their brothers and sisters. You can find that in the Book of Luke. I won’t tell you where because if you follow God, he will show you. We do have sermon tapes and a whole book about hating your brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. Besides, if I show you, I know what you will do. You will take it back to your pastor or your friend, and get them to justify and rationalize it. They will say that all it really means is that we love God first, our family second, and nation or whatever third, and so on. They will just whitewash it. Do you really, honestly, want to rally to the Lord? Are you really praying for this kind of revival and repentance? Are you willing to pay the cost? The cost will be giving up many brothers and sisters who claim to follow Jesus Christ. Any ministries that you have looked up to and supported, books you’ve read, and musicians you have listened to, you will have to tear down their false teachings and throw out their CD’s. There will be a spirit of judgment within the church whether you bring it or not. Someday God will come and judge these people for who they are. Will you rally to the Lord? Will you move towards him? We will see.

Let’s find out how we can judge. What is the method by which God can deal with us so he can work this spirit of judgment through us? The greatest mistake you can ever make is to listen to these scriptures and then begin to apply them. I know some people with judgmental attitudes who do not have the love that comes from God, and who are not speaking by the Spirit of God. Yet, they might even say the same things we say and certainly agree with the same things we are looking at, but the power with which they speak and the means by which they judge does not come from God. They do not understand the “how” to speak with judgment.

One of the things you need to realize is that you can’t get cocky, self-righteous, haughty, or arrogant! This kind of wisdom only brings sorrow. If you surrender enough for God to work this in you—being able to speak with boldness and judgment—it will produce much sorrow in your life. Yet one is supposed to speak with a spirit of love, and love always rejoices with the truth, doesn’t it? In order for God to work this kind of boldness in you, you will have to see the truth about yourself. God will have to work within you a spirit of humility that you have never ever experienced before in your life. You will weep, wail, hurt, and grieve—sometimes greater than others—but certainly on a daily basis as to how sinful and wicked you are. You will be filled with much sorrow and grief because you will really begin to honestly see other churches for what they really are. That brother and sister with whom you have been fellowshipping with for so many years or whoever you look up to will hurt you deeply because you will see them through God’s eyes.

Ecclesiastes 1:18 – For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.

Jesus was perfectly humble and he was a man full of sorrows, wasn’t he? I’m sure you have been told that. This brings us to this whole issue of how to judge. You must become like Jesus. You must become a man full of sorrow, humility, and judgment—sorrow because you will see people for who they really are. As you carry your cross to be crucified, men will hate you for the kind of life you live. As they weep for you as you carry the cross, you will turn and say, “Don’t weep for me, but weep for yourselves.” You will be filled with much pain and sorrow because you will receive more knowledge from God and see the church for just how pitiful it really is, especially in America. So, how do we get the wisdom, knowledge, and power to speak with judgment by the power of the Holy Spirit? The answer is easy. Getting it is a whole different matter. 1 John 2:6 gives us the answer.

1 John 2:6 – Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

So, how did Jesus judge? How did he become filled with love and sorrow and humility, and yet a spirit of judgment? How do we become a group of people that, even though we sense our wickedness and our sinfulness more than even those that judge, how we can speak with such boldness, speak so clearly, and see the sins in other individuals’ lives? How is it that Peter could turn to Ananias and say, “Why have you let Satan fill your heart?” How is it that you can see the heart of other individuals? Only by growing in sorrow, humility, and love will judgment come. There is no other way. Jesus said:

John 8:15 – You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.

Do you remember Jesus said in Matthew 7 that we are not to judge? That is true. We are not to judge. Jesus even said that he passed judgment on no onethat he did not even come to judge.

John 12:47 – As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.

So, Jesus states flat out that he did not come to judge, and so when we speak to other people and judge them, we didn’t come to judge. That is not why we are here. That is not the purpose. Let’s just read on a little bit. We will put all of this together in moment.

John 9:38-39 – Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”

Now, wait a minute! We just read in John 8:15 and John 12:47 that Jesus himself said that he did not come to judge. Then, in John 9:39, Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world.” Let me read all of that again:

John 8:15 – You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.

John 12:47 – As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.

John 9:39 – Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”

So, how did Jesus judge without judging? Do you remember in Judging, Part 1 where we talked about the simple folks? Jesus said:

Matthew 7:1 – Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

That was the conclusion of the matter! Proverbs says: “Let’s not be simple and be destroyed in our simpleness.” Jesus knew the secret of judging without judging. You see, when we speak judgments to other people it is not we who are judging. If we do the judging, then we are in sin.

John 8:12-16 – When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.” Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.”

Now, Jesus said: “I judge no one.” But then he said in John 8:16: “But if I do judge, my decisions are right.” Now wait a minute, Jesus! You can’t have it both ways. How can you say: “I pass judgment on no one,” and then in the next breath say: “But if I do judge, my decisions are right”? Jesus shows us his life of humility and dependence upon the Father. Hang on! If you are confused this will all come together here in a moment. Now, getting it in your life is a whole different situation. Jesus said:

John 12:47-50 – As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it. There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day. For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.

There is your answer! How do we judge? How did Peter know the heart of Ananias? He didn’t. Jesus Christ had emptied Peter, by the power of God in his life. Peter had been crucified by the power of God in his life. Peter was humbled and broken on an hourly basis, on a daily basis. He was crucified with Christ. Therefore, it was not Peter speaking the judgment. It was only Peter repeating what he heard. In other words, Peter was merely a messenger. Jesus was merely a messenger. He didn’t judge anybody. He only repeated what he heard the Father tell him to say and how to say it. This is the mistake that most of you make. You judge by human standards. Jesus didn’t do that. Jesus spoke only what God told him to speak. Let me read what Jesus said:

John 12:49-50 – For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.

Simply put, you have to be crucified with Christ to the point that your opinions do not live; your judgments do not exist, and you are having your opinions, judgments, and human standards crucified on the cross by the power of the Holy Spirit. Then, you will hear God say: “Ananias has a bad heart. That pastor has a wicked heart. Something is hidden over here.” You will hear the Holy Spirit work and say things to you that reveal the hearts and lives of other individuals. Then, God will command you what to say and how to say it. Just because an individual sees something clearly doesn’t mean they know how to say it. Very often, as you begin to live this, you will fall into your flesh. God will show you the heart of another individual or he will show you something that is sin. In your flesh and in your own power, you will set out to judge somebody. You will either be too harsh or too mushy. We see this all the time. As individuals begin to grow in the Lord and God shows them something, they head out in their zeal and overturn tables. God wasn’t telling them to overturn tables at that point. That is not how they were supposed to say it. Maybe they are dealing with the woman at the well. Maybe they are dealing with somebody who has a soft heart and it is not time for overturning tables. On the other hand, just as many times individuals see some sin but they are all mushy and flowery about it, and the sin is not dealt with. In that case you need to tell the person, “Look, you needed to overturn tables in the temple. You needed to rebuke them sharply, and look at what you did. You just justified it. You just whitewashed it.” You will need to deal with their flesh and show them what was blocking them from hearing the Spirit of God. It might seem like this is too hard to live. Indeed, if you don’t say that it is too hard to live, something is wrong. All of this is done with fear and trembling. After all, scripture says to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, doesn’t it? It’s not easy to live this. It is a very fearful thing for God to work in your life. After all, you could be judging someone when you are supposed to be showing mercy, and you could be showing mercy when you are supposed to judge someone. Understand this, though, clearly. Walking as Jesus walked means that you become a man of sorrow, for you see the sin in the church and the camp. You see the sin in your own life, and God works humility in you. You must get rid of your human judgments about who is holy and who isn’t holy, and only speak what God tells you to speak and in the way that he tells you to say it. People do not like being judged. I don’t care how you come across. When someone has a bad heart, you can come across gently or harshly, they will still seek to crucify you. Remember, that is what they did to Jesus Christ.

Before we talk more about human judgment and dealing with your flesh, let’s look at how Jesus was dependent upon the Father. Let’s see how, in his humility, he was dependent upon God to say what he needed to say.

John 5:18 – For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

If you have the Spirit of God in you and you begin to speak like this, very often individuals will accuse you by saying: “Well, you think you’re God. You think you’re holy. You think you’re the only one that can hear from God.” You will run into all kinds of hearts. It will fill you with a great deal of sorrow and a great deal of pain.

John 5:19 – Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”

Again we see that Jesus didn’t speak any judgments of his own. In other words, Jesus didn’t say: “Those Pharisees are really wicked. I think I’ll rebuke them today.” Jesus didn’t read ink on pages. He didn’t read the Bible and say: “Hey, I need to rebuke these Pharisees,” and then go rebuke them. That would be committing a sin. Instead he came to the Father and said: “Father, what do you want me to do today?” God said: “I want you to call the Pharisees vipers, snakes, and whitewashed tombs. I want you to talk to a woman by the well. I want you to be soft and kind and gentle, but I want you to deal with her sin.” Do you see the difference? Jesus didn’t judge anybody. He only repeated what he heard. In the same way, as you allow God to deal with the sin in your life, as you allow him to crucify you—and that is a painful process—God will begin to say, “I want you to talk to so-and-so, and I want you to say this in this way.” You’ll have to overturn tables with a lot of people. Other individuals, you’ll need to take it much slower. Again:

John 5:19 – Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”

This is your goal. Remember 1 John says to walk as Jesus walked. Your goal is do nothing by yourself, but only what the Father shows you to do each hour, minute, and second of the day. Desire to say exactly what God leads you to say. That will cost you, because it means you will show no favoritism to any man, pastor, teacher or friend.

John 5:20-23 – For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

Jesus said he was totally dependent upon the Father and the Father worked through Jesus. It is the exact thing we looked at before—that God uses man. He uses flesh. He uses his servants to speak his judgments. So, in the same way, the Father has entrusted his Son, who is the perfect lamb, to work judgment. God used him and worked through him to bring judgment. That’s why Jesus said, “I don’t judge anyone. I don’t give my opinions. I merely listen to the Father and do what he commands me to do and say.”

John 5:24-26 – I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself.

Notice the total dependence Jesus had on the Father. As the Father had life in himself, so Jesus had life in him—the same power. They are one. That is a crucial statement. They are one! Jesus spoke what the Father told him to speak and in God’s chosen manner. Jesus was totally dependent upon the Father.

John 5:26-29 – For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.”

It looks like Jesus said, “I have the power and authority to judge,” doesn’t it? Jesus said in John 5:27 that God gave him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. Now, if we look at this from a human standpoint we would think like a worldly judge. A worldly judge has authority and power. A worldly judge listens to the evidence, and based upon his understanding of the law, makes a judgment. But, that is not how a Christian judged. A Christian doesn’t weigh the evidence because the evidence can lie. A Christian doesn’t judge because of his understanding of Scripture or his viewpoint of things. He judges by the voice of the Lord. In John 5:30 Jesus makes this clear.

John 5:30 – By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

Are you getting it now? Jesus didn’t make any judgment, and you are not to make judgments. You should only judge as you hear, in which case you are not the one judging. You are merely a messenger repeating what you heard from God. John 5:30 again: “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” The problem is the church does not understand a crucified Jesus anymore. I’m sure the red flags are flying as you protest: “Wait a minute here! This will create a bunch of people claiming, ‘I heard the Lord on this. You are in sin here.’” If that happens, it will have to be dealt with. Although I doubt very seriously people in American churches will start judging each other. I don’t think it will be a problem, but if it does become a problem, it will have to be dealt with. We still have to live it. If that happens, then by the Holy Spirit you simply say, “Look, you’re judging in your flesh.” We do that in our body. We rebuke individuals who judge in their flesh. The sin is that we seek to judge in a way that pleases us. John 5:30 again: “By myself I can do nothing…” The first thing we do is judge by our own power. We read the word of God, apply it, and live it as we see fit. Then Scripture says: “I judge only as I hear…” We don’t hear God’s voice; we hear our own voice and our own opinion. But Jesus said, “And my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” The judgment that goes on within the church is a judgment that seeks to please one’s self or church. The Baptists judge other churches by Baptist standards. The Church of Christ judges other churches by their standards. Each group, each church, each book, each ministry judges other group and people, by their own standards—to please themselves and their flesh. That has to be crucified. When that is crucified and put to death, then you no longer say and judge in a way to please you. You only repeat God’s words. As long as your opinions exist and as long as you apply the word of God to other people’s lives, you are in sin. That is what Jesus meant by:

Matthew 7:1 – Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

He meant that if you judge by your opinions and ideas, then you will be judged by those standards. Instead, we need to be dead to our opinions, flesh, and thoughts, and judge only as God sends us to judge.

John 8:27-28 – They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father. So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.”

In this series we’ll discuss wrong kind of judgments, and how we fall into our flesh. Right now it’s crucial to see that Jesus did not judge, and yet he spoke judgments because it wasn’t Jesus speaking on his own. It was Jesus merely repeating what he had been told. Jesus again said:

John 8:28-29 – …then you will know that I am the one I claim to be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.

Jesus was totally empty and surrendered. He was completely dependent upon the Holy Spirit. We must begin to lift up the Son of Man. By that we mean picking up the cross of Jesus Christ, as Jesus said in John 8:28. “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know.” Jesus is not portrayed as crucified in most churches today. In fact, a lot of you don’t even understand what that statement means. Let me read it to you:

Galatians 3:1 – You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.

When Paul proclaimed the gospel in a church or a town, he clearly portrayed Jesus crucified. He did not just talk about Jesus being physically crucified. If that is the level of your understanding about the cross, no wonder you are in spiritual trouble. Portraying Jesus clearly as crucified is more than nails in the hands and feet, more than a flogging, more than thorns on the head. It is the cross that produces a total dependence upon and rest in God. This cross has a cost. The cross drains us of physical power and energy so that we might be dependent upon God who raises the dead. We don’t have the time to go into detail right now about the cross. But the more you grow to understand and meditate upon Jesus being clearly portrayed as crucified, the more you understand how the cross robs you of your opinions, strength, and effort, the more you will speak only what God teaches you. John 15:5 gives us the answer as to how Peter was able to judge Ananias.

John 15:5 – I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Apart from Jesus Christ, Peter could not possibly know the heart of Ananias. Apart from Jesus Christ, you cannot possibly know the heart and spirit of other individuals around you, nor can you know how to approach them or the manner in which God wants to deal with them. Only as you die, only as you are an empty branch on the vine, will God work this spirit of judgment, love, sorrow, and mercy all mixed together as he sees fit. Only then can you bear this fruit of judgment. One of the worst things that could ever happen is everybody making judgments apart from being crucified with Christ. That will probably happen in some churches because they think they are crucified with Christ. There are two extremes of sin right now in the camp. The most predominant is that nobody judges anybody. Secondly a few individuals judge others, but not by the power of the Holy Spirit. Every Christian can have the same type of authority by which Jesus spoke and judged. In John 17:18 Jesus made this clear. The problem is you are not willing for God work it in your life because it will cost you and it will hurt. You will have days of sorrow, pain, and suffering. In order to be emptied out like the disciples, you will have to go through an awful lot of pain. Jesus said:

John 17:18 – As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.

Jesus very plainly said, “God, in the manner you sent me into the world I am sending them.” If Jesus rebuked Peter by calling him Satan, God will send you out in the same way. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees, judged them, and spoke clearly to them, and in the same way God wants to send you out. So, when God tells you not to eat with certain individuals who claim to be Christians, God is sending you out with authority and with power. This is not a game. It is not just talk.

John 17:19 – For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Now, before you think this is just for the disciples of old, let’s read verse 20.

John 17:20-21 – My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

Do you understand? Jesus was completely one with the Father, totally dependent upon him for everything. Jesus didn’t worship; go anywhere; or say anything apart from God working it in him. God worked it through him. Jesus prayed that we would be one with the Father. That is how Peter was able to judge Ananias. That is how Paul was able to say to the sorcerer that he would be blind, because it wasn’t Paul judging. It was the spirit of Jesus in him working in the manner that it was supposed to be done. Very often churches quote this passage emphasizing that we all need to be united and be together as one. That is a total lie and misuse of the Scripture. The oneness that Jesus talks about is the same oneness that Jesus had with the Father. Jesus prayed that you and I would be totally dependent upon God, not that we be united under one denominational name. That is the furthest thing from his mind. In fact, Jesus said he came to bring a sword to cause division. The oneness that God wants to work is an oneness of spirit between you and God. That will only happen if you begin to understand Jesus clearly portrayed as crucified as described in Galatians 3:1. That you do nothing by human effort, of your own design, your own wisdom, or your own thoughts, but that you only do what the Father works in you. Only when you reach that point will you be able to have God work within you a spirit of judgment. Anything else will be disastrous. Jesus went on to say:

John 17:26 – I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.

Now, how did Jesus love? Did he overturn tables in the temple? Did he call Peter Satan? Did he rebuke the disciples? Was he, at times, seemingly impatient with them? Did he sigh at them? Did he say, “How long do I have to put up with you?” Yes! So, judging is the love of God being worked in us, but only as you die to yourself, only as you are crucified by the power of the Holy Spirit. No sermon can do it. No study guide can do it. Even reading the Bible can’t do it. You have to humble yourself before God to let the Spirit of God work tremendous amount of brokenness in you. Let me tell you, it is painful and you know it is happening. This is no game. This is for real.

When Jesus judged, it was God judging through him. When you judge, if God works that in you, it won’t be you judging if you are dead to your self. Jesus will judge through you. Don’t fool yourself. Most people are not dead to themselves and have not gone through the discipline and the humility and the brokenness necessary to be empty before the living God. Again, Jesus said:

John 17:18 – As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.

Did Jesus have the power to forgive sins? Did he have the power to condemn? Did he have the power to judge? The answer to all those questions is, of course, yes. In the same way, God sends you out into the world or at least that is Jesus’ prayer.

John 20:20 – After he said this, he showed them his hands and side.

Jesus appeared to the disciples again after his crucifixion. He showed them the nails and the cut in the side.

John 20:20-21 – … The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

He repeated it again.

John 20:22 – And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Now, listen to this.

John 20:23 – If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.

Think about that for a moment. If you read this in a worldly, earthly fashion what conclusion will you draw? You’ll think it was just for Peter and the apostles. But, look at the authority with which Jesus spoke, “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” In the same way, Jesus prays this for every person who goes out and preaches the gospel. How could Jesus trust Peter, Paul, or the millions of individuals who honestly serve him? Very easily, because Peter didn’t do the forgiving or judging. The spirit of Jesus in them did the work. They had been trained by Jesus. They saw Jesus clearly portrayed as crucified. Remember verse 20? “After he said this he showed them his hands and side.” They began to understand total dependence upon the Father. Intellectually, you might understand what I am telling you, but having it worked in your life is different. Being disciplined and broken like the disciples were is what it really takes before you have this from God. So, was it Peter who said, “You are forgiven”? No. It was Jesus in Peter who said, “You are forgiven” or “You are not forgiven.” Peter was dead, remember? He was crucified with Christ. You must see the nail holes in his hands. Think of the misery and joy set before Jesus. Hebrews says:

Hebrews 12:2 – Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

You will become humbled and broken in ways you’ve never experienced before in your life. Think back to the time when you first came to the Lord how humbled and broken you were and how full of tears and sorrow. Remember that time? When God begins to break you and humble you, that first experience will pale in comparison. If you haven’t experience many other times of brokenness but of greater strength, you are not fit to begin to live this. God will work brokenness in you on an hourly and daily basis. You must allow God to judge and rebuke you like you have never been judged and rebuked before. You’d better get some strong knees. Remember, that is what Hebrews says:

Hebrews 12:12 – Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.

God disciplines those he loves. If you rally to the Lord and if you want God to work this spirit of judgment in you, if you really love him as you say you do, get ready because you’ll be rebuked in some deep and hard ways. Sometime go back and look at the lives of the disciples as they followed Jesus and how often Jesus rebuked them. They continually did things wrong time and time again. Are you willing to be rebuked? Are you willing to have God bring people to rebuke you? Proverbs 1:20 makes this extremely clear.

Proverbs 1:20-21 – Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:

When you go to church and hear all the noise, the hallelujahs, the singing, and the happiness around you, wisdom calls out above all of that. It might be faint. It might just be above the voices of the entire choir, but it is there. We read Proverbs 1:22 right at the beginning of this whole series.

Proverbs 1:22 – How long will you simple ones love your simple ways?

Simple people just simply say, “Do not judge. That’s it. We’re not permitted to judge, so I won’t judge. End of discussion.” Jesus said it in Matthew 7:1. “Don’t judge…

Proverbs 1:22-23 – How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.

How do you get crucified with Christ so you can make judgments or allow Jesus to work the judgments through you? Prepare yourself to be rebuked. It is too bad that our theological schools are a waste of timethey need to have Rebuking Class 101. The way that you get wisdom is through rebukesmajor big-time rebukesby the power of God.

Proverbs 1:23 – If you had responded to my rebuke…

It is not enough to be rebuked. God rebukes a lot of people, but they don’t respond.

Proverbs 1:23 – If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.

Peter responded to the rebukes of Jesus, didn’t he? Therefore, when it came time to hear the thoughts of God, to have the heart of Jesus, Peter was able to judge Ananias and Sapphira.

Proverbs 1:22-23- How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you.

Did the Pharisees respond to the rebuke of Jesus? No. Therefore, they never had the heart or thoughts of God and they condemned the innocent. How many of you are just like that? You are so stubborn and hard. You won’t accept a rebuke from another individual. You think these words are harsh and run from it. You don’t want God’s rebukes. You don’t respond to them, or if you do respond it is in a hard-hearted way. So, you never get the heart of God and so you begin to judge those who are innocent and to justify those who are guilty. If you will allow God to come into your life and rebuke you, humble you and break you—and I mean over and over again—only then will God pour his heart into your life. When this happens, you’ll have a spirit of love judging other people. You will lay down your life just like Jesus did and be crucified because you rebuked everybody. God will pour out his thoughts so that you will be able to speak judgment. You’ll be able to speak clearly because you responded to the rebuke and the corrections of God in all the different ways that it came.

Proverbs 1:24-28 – But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand, since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you—when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.

If you will not let God work this spirit of judgment in you, you will go to hell. God wants to work it in you. He must work the life of love and purity in you. It is love for other individuals and for the truth. If you will not die to yourself enough for God to work this, there will come a time when distress, trouble, the whirlwind, and the storm will come into your life and you will call out to God. You will say, “God, save me! Forgive me! I’m sorry. You are right.” The Scripture says: “I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.” If you run or turn your back on this, God will turn his back on you. If you reject those who judge as evil, God will reject you as evil.

Proverbs 1:29 – Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD . . .

This is the problem. They do not fear the Lord in the house of God anymore. Remember Ananias and Sapphira? The young men came forward the whole church and everybody who heard about it was filled with fear.

Proverbs 1:30-31 – Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.

All manner of schemes exists to justify sin in your church. You have all kinds of arguments and logic. You even use Scripture against God to justify the party atmosphere in your church. You will eat the fruit of those ways because you would not accept the rebuke that wisdom poured out in your life.

Proverbs 1:32-33 – For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.

Do you want the wisdom of God? Do you want this humility? You said you wanted to rally to God—I know you did. I know that right now you say you love God and want to belong to him. That you will rally and give yourself fully to him, and that you are covered by the Blood of the Lamb. Then get ready to be rebuked and corrected. Get ready to be seized by fear in your soul. Embrace the cross of Jesus Christ for the joy set before you and endure the shame and the pain that the cross will work in your life. Die to self. Be crucified. Then and only then will you be qualified in any sort of way to hear from the Holy Spirit to speak what you need to speak, to judge as you need to judge, to be the godly man or woman that God calls you to be. Instead, self-pleasing judgment exists in the church today. Everybody stays in corrupt churches because they will help perfect them. They stay to “love” the people. Supposedly, God wants them there. But, they don’t rebuke like this. They don’t bring a spirit of judgment because they don’t love. It is amazing that, with all the talk of love, grace, and mercy, they don’t really love—because love cannot be silent when there is sin. True love cost Jesus his life and that is why he was crucified. There is only one way to have these kinds of judgments, to have the true spirit of God worked in you by being rebuked, humbled, broken, and emptied out. There is no other way.

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