The Most Popular Commandment Of Jesus

 The Most Popular Commandment Of Jesus

Praise the Lord and greetings as we head on into a new week on this Monday afternoon, and as we go into our new study “The Most Popular Commandment Of Jesus” this week we’ll be learning on being judgemental, so without further delay here’s our study.

The Most Popular Commandment of Jesus

Focus Verse

Romans 2:1

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

Lesson Text

Matthew 7:1–5

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Focus thought

Jesus calls us to live free from a judgmental attitude.

Culture Connection

Words for Believers from an Unbeliever

Tolerance looks pretty on paper, but it’s impossible in real life. If we truly believe in Heaven and Hell, we cannot passively coexist with others of other religions without sharing the gospel with them. And the gospel has the power to convict them of sin and transform their lives.

In his blog Between Two Worlds, Justin Taylor’s entry titled “How Much Do You Have to Hate Somebody to Not Proselytize?” gives a quote from the outspoken, self-proclaimed atheist Penn Jillette. Jillette, of the comedy magic duo Penn and Teller, said this concerning Christians: “I’ve always said that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think people shouldn’t proselytize and who say just leave me along and keep your religion to yourself—how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?”

Most of Jillette’s acts are to entertain, but this statement convicts. When we share the gospel with others—especially of other faiths—we are not breaking Jesus’ command of Matthew 7:1–2. Rather, we are sharing good news with them that Jesus can and will give them abundant and eternal life.

Outline

1. EVERYONE’S FAVORITE COMMANDMENT

A. Tolerance: the Postmodern Virtue

B. Life without Judgment (Discernment) Is Impossible

2. WHAT THE COMMANDMENT DOES NOT MEAN

A. It Does Not Mean There Is No Right or Wrong

B. It Does Not Mean We Are Not Accountable to God

3. WHAT THE COMMANDMENT MEANS

A. We Are Not to Have a Critical or Judgmental Spirit

B. We Are Not to Judge Others More Harshly Than Ourselves

Contemplating the Topic

For decades, it seemed to be the “gold medal” verse, beating out 31,101 other verses to stay in first place. Preachers preached it and teachers taught it. Sunday school students memorized it. What is this most popular verse? John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Searching the Scriptures

1. EVERYONE’S FAVORITE COMMANDMENT

But times have changed. Now it appears that John 3:16 has some serious competition from another verse: “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1). Many people who quote it may not even know where it is found in the Bible.

But when Christian parents tell their struggling teenage son he is hanging out with the wrong crowd, he reaches into his memory and pulls out this verse: “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” But what does it really mean? Does this verse mean we are prohibited from exercising any discernment or judgment? What does the Bible say about the verse that has recently become Jesus’ most popular commandment?

Matthew 7:1 has picked up steam during a period known as postmodernism. According to Wikipedia, “Postmodern religious systems of thought view realities as plural and subjective and dependent on the individual’s worldview.

A. Tolerance: the Postmodern Virtue

Tolerance is one of the pillars upon which postmodern ideas are built. Tolerance is defined as “an attitude of mind that implies non-judgmental acceptance of different lifestyles or beliefs” (unabridged.merriam-webster.com). Tolerance appears to be a new doctrine, but it is not. In fact, we see tolerance weave its deceptive web even in the Old Testament.

God supernaturally blessed Solomon with wisdom to discern matters of state and disputes within his kingdom. But as Solomon grew older, he married more and more women. And with those marriages came their gods. Solomon should have known better and lived better, but being tolerant, he opened the door of his heart and welcomed other gods.

Early in his life, Solomon worshiped the one true God. But later in life, Solomon’s wives “turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

In the beginning, Solomon simply tolerated other gods in his house and near God’s house. But in the end, Solomon actually worshiped those gods. His tolerance for the worship of other gods led to Israel’s downfall and defeat at the hands of their enemies. God warned Moses, and through the Scriptures, Moses warned Solomon: “And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:1–3).

B. Life without Judgment (Discernment) Is Impossible

Religious tolerance looks good on paper. If we all called a cease-fire to our fighting over religious beliefs, then we would have peace and goodwill toward men. But there is a problem with that philosophy. Some religions actively promote the destruction of others not devoted to that specific religion. And at the heart of Christianity and the heart of God is the mission to reach the entire world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Every Christian familiar with John 14 understands that pure Christianity is incompatible with postmodern religious thought, namely religious tolerance. For Jesus clearly stated, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Jesus even said, “He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1). Jesus was emphatic about the need to follow Him as the one way to approach God. So let us first study what this commandment Jesus gave in Matthew 7:1 does not mean before we study what it does mean.

  So that will conclude part one of our study of “The Most Popular Commandment Of Jesus” we will pick up part two on Thursday at 2. What the Commandant Does Not Mean. Looking forward to being with every one then.

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