Advocacy and Judgment

“You Can’t Judge Me, Only God Can Judge Me” or “Don’t Judge Me” or “It’s Not My Job to Judge You”

I’ve heard these above statements quote many times in the world and in church and have pondered on it from time to time. I used to think of Matthew 7:1 right away. “Do not judge and you will not be judged”, and I’ve also recalled a verse in the New Testament about God’s judgment starting with the house of God. And also, again later when our family did a Bible study in Psalms, I came upon this verse, “Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation. O deliver Me from deceitful and unjust man” (Psalms 43:1) KJV. So, several ideas have gone through my mind towards God’s judgment demonstrated as justice for His people, and God’s judgment towards our sins. Does God judge us? How does He judge us? I thought about reading when the LORD of David is portrayed as a God of vengeance, justice, and shelter. King David in the Old Testament himself also is portrayed as a man pleading with God for God to judge Him rather than be given over to the hands of men. He prayed like that when God judged Him, when God took the life of his son born of Bathsheba. He asked for mercy from God Himself rather than being handed over to men’s hands (judgment). It appears that David was familiar with and even clung to the thought of God wreaking havoc on His mortal enemies, and he needed that blessed assurance because they wanted his very life. He took consolation, I think, in God’s position to have that role, and being confident that it was God’s role – to take vengeance. Then, I tried to balance out this thought with the idea that God hates violence (Malachi 2:16) which is one of my favorite verses. The words of David are definitely something Jesus referred to also (Matthew 22:44).

So, with the idea of God’s judgment towards justice, I think I’m understanding what I needed, but I’m still learning about God’s judgment towards us.

This passage below has been enlightening to me. I’ve been learning about when Jesus had to leave the disciples, take up His cross, and die on the cross – he had this to say to console us. Even when it was Him getting the bad news, He was still thinking of us to reassure us of a new gift, all while staring death in the face: 

Jesus said: 

John 16:5 – 11 “…But now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. When he comes, he will judge the world about sin and righteousness and judgment. 

9 about sin, because people do not believe in me. 

10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer, 

11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

….” 

The disciples had no grid for what Jesus had just said, and he just said a lot to comfort his disciples. They seemed unaware of what Jesus was about to have to do, even though He was telling them all that would take place. 

I wanted to expound some of the thoughts in these three verses, the verses pertaining to our Advocate:

Sin

John 16:9

9 “about sin, because people do not believe in me.”

About sin: The disciples were told this. I believe it was probably around the time he told the disciples they would be hated by the world, just as He was. I think that the Presence of the knowledge of sin was reintroduced when Jesus started His ministry. Sin has always been present but it seems that when Jesus attacked the teachers of the law, he spoke and rebuked them for their misuse of the law, not speaking against their using the law. Jesus came as the culmination of the law, right in front of them, in just being God’s Son. He spoke of getting to the root of the matters – Mercy, not sacrifice; wishing others well – not having pride and coldness and indifference; promoting an attitude of trust in God – not giving in to the pull of the temporal securities the world chases after. Because people did not recognize Jesus when he came, it was much less likely, I believe, that they would have been truly zealous for God in their hearts, aside from Him. Not impossible, but definitely less likely. Those who followed Him, as He was on earth, started to get glimpses of God’s Kingdom and Christ’s reign, like when Peter understood by revelation direct from God that Jesus was the Messiah. If people didn’t believe Christ when He was right in front of them (fulfilling all the prophecies pertaining to Him, by the way) doing miracles and showing the mercy of the Father, they would not believe Moses, and therefore would not have a concept of the law, sin, and grace. So, could that be a reason why He said The Advocate judged because of sin (because people did not believe in Him)? 

The job of the Advocate is to bring people back to Jesus. This Advocate word did not stand out to me before but has during this season, and not every Bible version uses it as the phrase for the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. That was an NIV NVI parallel study bible version.

Righteousness

John 16:10

10 “about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer, “

About Righteousness:

Jesus tries to tell the disciples, from what I gathered, that when He leaves, to be crucified, God will give them a gift. I would say He bore our unrighteousness, and in regards to righteousness, since He is with the Father, we too should be in His righteousness, until He returns again. 

“The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation” (Psalms 118:14). 

“But seek first God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things shall be given unto you as well” (Matthew 6:33). NIV

Judgment:

“And about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” 

About Judgment

Christ purchased us! God sent Christ to atone for us, to take our condemnation, and there’s NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Him. Though we may feel a burden of sin until we repent, and get cleansed by His blood (1 John 1:9), there’s no condemnation left anymore. 

As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame” (Romans 10:11). NIV

“For in Scripture, it says, 

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,

a chosen and precious cornerstone,

and the one who trusts in him

will never be put to shame” 

(1 Peter 2:6). NIV

Christ purchased us all, and for good reason, and His deed is complete in condemning the evil of sin, and the devil is defeated. 

So, if we are to be judged, and for righteousness’ sake, I’m glad our Advocate shows us what for, and then furthermore speaks for us when we ask.

Amen

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