I was reading Rev 11:1-2 today and I began to think about just who it is that is going to measure the Temple of God in these passages.
The bible seems to say to me that we as individuals have no business judging and condemning the body of Christ. Measuring the Temple seems to be saying that the Temple of God which is the Body of Christ is being examined to see that it has been built correctly.
Notice some of the scriptures that I found regarding Judging(Condemning) others.
The following is an excerpt from an article on the Pacific church of God Website called “What does God mean by Redeeming the Time?” This excerpt is referring to wasting time by judging(condemning) others:
We’re responsible for setting a good example, loving God with all our heart and then loving our neighbors as ourselves. That’s our sphere of influence. Our sphere of concern goes beyond that, but we can’t do anything about that
We need to redeem the time spent condemning and judging, because by definition, judging and condemning are negative. They’re negative thoughts and emotions.
Let’s turn to Luke 6. This is so basic. This is Christ’s first sermon and Luke is showing us that Christ started off on the most basic way possible. First things first.
Luke 6:31. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. (KJV)
If we don’t want to be judged or condemned, then we shouldn’t judge or condemn others. It’s very simple.
32) For if you love them which love you, what thank have you? (KJV)
Is God going to praise you for that?
32b) … for sinners also love those that love them. (KJV)
Sinners love other sinners, and that is not pleasing to God.
36) Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
37) Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: (KJV)
The Greek word for “judge” here is Strong’s 2919, and it means to decide mentally, to make a decision or to decide judicially (like a judge in a courtroom) and it means, by implication, to put someone on trial and make a judgment. He says, “Don’t do that.”
37b) … condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: (KJV)
The Greek word for “condemn” is Strong’s 2613 and it means to judge against or to pronounce guilty. Already in your mind, they’re guilty. We’ve all been there and done that. The proverb says, He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is a folly to him. You answer a matter before you have all the facts. That happens all the time in the media and in this society. Christ is saying, “Don’t put someone on trial and don’t condemn. If you don’t do that, you won’t be condemned.”
37 continued) … forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: (KJV)
If we do all that; we don’t judge and don’t condemn and we forgive, then verse 38 tells us the reward. I’ll read this from the NLT.
38) Give, and you will receive … (NLT)
You can’t receive if you don’t give.
38b) … your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. (NLT)
Whatever measure you use in giving, large or small, it will be used to measure what is given back to you. So if we don’t judge, if we don’t condemn or put people on trial in our minds and in our hearts, then God will not do that to us. If we forgive, we will be forgiven even more. That’s what this tells us. Where judgment and condemnation are, I guarantee you there is Satan right in the middle of that. So rather than judge and condemn, here’s what we should be doing.
This is something that I continually have to remind myself of because this world is negative. Satan sees to that. Satan is negative and his broadcasting is making this world a very negative place. Paul says:
Philippians 4:8. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true … (KJV)
That means if we don’t know the truth, we shouldn’t assume they’re true. We know the Bible is true. We know God and Christ are alive right now.
8b) … whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just [fair, even handed, no respecter of persons], whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (KJV)
So given the scriptures above how can any of us minister or layman assume to Judge or Condemn our brethren? Sure we can recognize sin and even point it out for the sake of others. But to measure the temple it seems that we are judging or condemning out brothers.
Look at what James says about this subject.
Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Jas 4:11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
Jas 4:12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
Paul made a good point about judging(condemning);
Rom 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
Think about it, God is our Judge; 1Pe 4:5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. Each of us Serves God He is the one who will judge us not ourselves.
I think we spend way too much time judging others instead of judging ourselves. 1Co_11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
I have way too hard a time keeping myself in line to be wasting time judging the actions and beliefs of others. That is between them and their master and I have no business getting in between them by judging them. Only God knows their hearts and where He is with working with them for that matter.