13 November 19

If we are judged by the standards that we apply to others, we will damn ourselves. That is the standard that will be used against us: in all its fullness. There is a reason that Christ said that we should not judge, for we will be judged.

However, Christ is not just the righteous judge, he is our saviour, and he promises to those who believe not judgement but life. Without Christ we may have reason, knowledge, and desire, but we cannot have the love of the Holy Spirit.

It is the Holy Spirit that this world fears, for it brings life to those in Christ. This world knows its time is limited, and that it is defeated.

John 5:19-29

19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

ESV