John 7:25-29

John 7:25-29

John 7:29Vintage message from our 2002-2003 radio program called “Perspective” aired February 16, 2003.

[Some] will judge and even determine Christianity, determine faith in God, based on what a man looks like, and Jesus says stop. Stop doing it. You can’t look into a man’s heart. You can’t know what his desires are to know the God Who created him, and after all, have we not already studied “For God so loved”? Who did He love? You, me, and that man that’s in the world… God loved them so much that He gave His Son to die. How dare we, how dare we look at one of those that God loved and tell them that there is no way that they are welcome into our church, no way that they are welcome into our life, no way that they are welcome into our Jesus Christ, until they’ve cleaned up their act. Until they’ve gotten rid of all those outward appearance things that we’re looking at and judging them by. It has nothing to do with what they’re wearing on the outside. It only has to do with what the Holy Spirit is doing on the inside… Stop judging. You don’t understand the man’s heart. “Stop judging by mere appearances and make right judgment.” What is the right judgment? That God loved the world. That Jesus was there to save those that were lost and dying; those that were lost in those things of life that you and I would not be part of, but guess what? When Jesus died, He saved us from those things in life that we were part of that we needed saving from, and He did not tell us that He did not like us or love us or accept us in those things. Yeah, sometimes He does ask us to change. Sometimes with issues of sin He asks us to change, and He will point out those issues of sin. That’s right judgment…

I’m to love the sinner as he comes to me and help him through God’s Word to understand that he’s living in sin, but I’m not to turn him away because of what he looks like on the outside or what he’s done on the outside, but what he’s doing on the inside. That’s making a right judgment. Seeking out the knowledge of who a person is and what they believe in Jesus Christ. That’s making a right judgment. Seeking knowledge to know where people are at in their walk with the Lord and how that walk is affecting them in their life as they live day to day. That’s making a right judgement…

You know, we get little glimpses as believers. Because of the Holy Spirit indwelling us, we get little glimpses of Who God is, and we do know God because of the power of His Spirit, in a very small way, but I would venture to guess that most Christians would tell you, when it came to God the Father, if you were honest, that you really don’t know Him; that God is a mystery. And I talk to people all the time who will demand of God, and will give you this picture of God as though He is some kind of galactic Santa Claus, and His whole purpose for existing is to give me what I want, when I want it, how I want it, and when God doesn’t provide the way we think He should provide, we deny His very existence… If you knew God the Father, if you truly have the relationship with God the Father, you’re going to understand that God is love, and that His sole purpose for reaching out to you and for reaching out to me is because of His love for you and for me, and that’s what Jesus came to accomplish, was to share with us the fullness and excitement that comes in a love relationship with God the Father…

Do you know where the heart of God is truly and mostly revealed? It’s revealed in the love relationship that you can have with Jesus Christ…

If you want real knowledge, if you want to understand the love of God, if you want to know Who the Father is, then get to know Jesus. Spend time with Jesus. Study Who Jesus was within His Word, and the more you get to know Jesus, the more you’ll know the Father, and then you’ll stop judging by mere appearance and start making right judgments when it comes to the people around you, because once you understand the love relationship that you can have with the Father, then you want everybody else…to have that same love relationship.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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