QUESTION: Are we instructed to judge ourselves?
I John 1:5-10 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and
the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Illustration: «Grandma’s Duck.»
Billy and Suzie would often go to visit their grandma at her farm. While they were there they both were given responsibililties. Suzie’s job was to fetch water and chop kindling wood and Billy’s was to herd Grandma’s ducks and chickens so that he could feed them.
One day a storm came up and Billy had to get the chickens and ducks into the chicken house but one duck (Grandma’s favorite) wouldn’t go. He threw a rock at it and hit it on it’s head which kill it. This action frightened Billy so he buried the duck behind the wood shed.
The next day Suzie told Billy that she wanted him to fetch the water that day and he refused. Suzie told him that she had seen him kill and bury the duck. Billy was afraid that Grandma would find out so he fetched the water. The next day Suzie told Billy that she wanted him to chop the kindling and when he started to argue; she just said «duck, duck, duck». So he slunk off to do the job.
For the next few days, Billy was doing all the work while Suzie played. If Billy balked at doing Suzie’s work, she would just say «duck, duck, duck.»
Finally Billy couldn’t stand it anymore, so he went to confess what he had done to Grandma. She knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, «Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing. I saw you kill the duck and bury it, but because I love you, I forgave you.
I was just wondering how long would you let Sally make a slave of you. I’ve felt so sorry for you for the past few days laboring under the accusations of Suzie… and I wanted to forgive you, but you didn’t ask for my forgiveness.
I don’t know what’s in your past. I don’t know what one sin the enemy keeps throwing up in your face. But whatever it is, I want you to know something.
Jesus Christ was standing at the window. And He saw the whole thing. But because He loves you, He has forgiven you. Perhaps He’s wondering how long you’ll let the enemy make a slave out of you.
The great thing about God is that He not only forgives, but He forgets.
I Corinthians 11:23-34 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood; this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
But let a man examine himself,
and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
For this cause many are weak and sickly among you,
and many sleep.
For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.
ANSWER: Yes we are: but if we confess our sins and judge ourselves, that by itself won’t prepare us for the Judgment Seat of Christ.
NOTE: It is the responsibility of every «born again» Christian to judge himself. He is to judge himself so that he won’t be judged of God. This means judging ourselves before God and confessing our sins with a sincere effort to depart from those very sins. It is not to be a one time event; but needs to be done on a regular basis. The fact that you have the Lord living inside of you, in the person of the Holy Spirit, means that you have a responsibility to be clean inside. So long as you do this God doesn’t have to judge you because you will have confessed your sins and put them under His blood. If you continue in sin then God will step in and chastise you because you are his child. How often do your hands need washing. Say to yourself «Have I sinned and offended God? Yes, even in your thought life.» Washing and regeneration is by the Word of God. He «Jesus Christ» is the only one who can cleanse and wash away our sins and He will. That is the love that is beyond our understanding.
Hebrews 4:15-16 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 12:5-8 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son,
despise not thou the chastening of the Lord,
nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For
whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth,
and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But
if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:
shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure;
but he for our profit,
that we might be partakers of his holiness.
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless
afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
James 1:22-25 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
Psalms 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.