To Judge or To Save? – Caris Ministries

Editors Note – Caris Ministries has graciously allowed us to share some of their articles on our site. Check them out in the links at the bottom for more.
As Christians, we are in the process of growing up into Christ, learning to think and act like Him. If we’ve been captured by His love, we will naturally begin to radiate with the faith, hope, and love that transforms us. There are others, however, who release a constant threat of the judgment of God on the world, focusing heavily on inflicting penalties and punishments. So what should the message of our lives be today? Is today the day to proclaim judgment on the world or is today the day to offer salvation?
Jesus said,
“If anyone hears My teachings and fails to observe them [does not keep them, but disregards them], it is not I who judges him. For I have not come to judge and to condemn and to pass sentence and to inflict penalty on the world, but to save the world. Anyone who rejects Me and persistently sets Me at naught, refusing to accept My teachings, has his judge [however]; for the [very] message that I have spoken will itself judge and convict him at the last day.” John 12:47-48 AMP
When Jesus speaks of His teachings in this passage, I believe He’s referring to all that He did and taught. However, I find it particularly interesting that His teaching on judgment was clarified in this very statement.
Jesus taught that He came to save, not to judge; separating salvation and the judgment of the world. He then clarifies that there is a specific day of judgment coming, just as it has been consistently prophesied throughout the Scriptures. Today is not the day of judgment — today is the day of salvation.
“For He says, In the time of favor (of an assured welcome) I have listened to and heeded your call, and I have helped you on the day of deliverance (the day of salvation). Behold, now is truly the time for a gracious welcome and acceptance [of you from God]; behold, now is the day of salvation!” 2 Corinthians 6:2 AMP
Jesus continued by stating that anyone who refuses to accept His teachings will be judged by His words on the last day. Since Jesus clearly teaches that today is not the day of judgment, teaching that it is would be a blunt refusal of the message of Christ. He then supports the validity of this message by stating,
“For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak.” John 12:49 ESV
After He was raised from the dead, Jesus said  “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (Joh. 20:21). The Father sent Jesus, not to judge the world, but to save it, and to teach this message as well. Today, He sends us to do the same.
So, we should ask ourselves some questions.
Am I offering judgment to the world today or salvation?
Is my life radiating with hope or insisting on punishment?”
Am I on the mission of Christ?

(Note that there is a clear and definite difference between judgment on sin, its effects, and all the work of the devil versus the judgment of the world, including mankind. Jesus came to destroy all the works of the devil, but not to judge the world. Refer to John 12:47 and 1 John 3:8.)

 

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Wesley Wood is an aspiring film director. He would love to make GOOD films to help spread God's word and help Christians grow.

4 Comments

  1. Master167 on February 14, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Why not both? The Bible over and over talks about coming judgment. Revelation, Thessalonians, and the Prophets are just a few areas that talk about judgment. But we cannot talk about just judgment. Jesus did not, as Wesley has pointed out. Ultimately, we are to teach and proclaim about salvation and the love that only God can give. Yes, God is love, but he is also a Holy Judge.

    • Wesley Wood on February 14, 2015 at 11:49 pm

      I did not write this. I only shared this. Jeremy Caris wrote it of Caris Ministries. Check out his stuff in the links provided in the article.

    • Jeremy Caris on February 21, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      I am talking about both in this very article. 😉 This article is talking about judgement by presenting the context in which it should be framed. The point of the article is not that we should not talk about the judgement of God to come–which this article also states is definitely coming. The point of the article is, what are you and I offering and presenting to the world during this time of God’s favor?

      Too often Christians are speaking judgement on America, or the president, or the world, when God is not releasing judgement on them now. God is releasing grace for salvation. Judgement is still to come, but salvation is being offered today. I want to work along with God in the season we are in now.

      “…Behold, now is truly the time for a gracious welcome and acceptance [of you from God]; behold, now is the day of salvation!” 2 Corinthians 6:2 AMP

      Hopefully that helps clarify my perspective. For more a more complete picture of my perspective on this subject, you can check out the articles tagged “Understanding Judgement” on my blog: http://www.carisministries.com/tag/understanding-judgement/

      • Jeremy Caris on February 22, 2015 at 1:30 am

        “Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes…” 1 Corinthians 4:5 ESV

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