June 30, 2020

Preparing for Judgment as a Christian | James 2:12-13

Preparing for Judgment as a Christian | James 2:12-13

BIBLE STUDY PODCAST

So, let's cut to the core of this message here. As Christians, we will all be judged again when we get to heaven. Even if you've already accepted Christ as your Savior, we will all still stand before God and be judged.

And what exactly we get for passing this judgment is beyond me at this point. I truly don't claim to have all the answers, but I wish I did. Lol

So, how will God judge us? Great question. Let's find out!

Here's what you'll discover in 2 minutes on this Bible Study Podcast:

  • The 2 things James says that we must do when we help others (one is pointless without the other)
  • Which Law are we being "judged" by anyways?
  • How the context of this verse helps us to know who James' teaching is aimed at (hint - if you're a believer, it's you!)

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Transcript

JULIE 0:05

Hey! Welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. We’ve been learning in the book of James how to live out our Christianity.

Our verses today give us the main theme for the remainder of Chapter 2.

In James 2:12-13, we read in the NIV, “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”

So, James gives us 2 commands here in this important verse. Speak AND Act as those who are going to be judged by the law of love – which is to love and treat others as Christ loved and treated us.

In the Greek language, James gives equal importance to the words speak AND act, and the way that he writes it means that we are to do it habitually. It’s something that becomes a part of you. It’s not enough just to say kind things to people, you must also do kind things for others. And James makes it clear in the context of the surrounding verses that we are to speak and act with pure motives, in other words, don’t do something for what you can get out of it.

But why? What’s the big deal? James says this is a very big deal because we will all be judged one day by how we treated others. And, if you were like me, you might be asking, “You mean I’m going to be judged? But I’m a Christian. I thought I was done with judgments.” Great question.

If we keep these verses in context with the book of James, then we will remember that the original readers were Christian believers. Right? So, being judged to determine our salvation isn’t the question here. We know that we are saved by God’s free gift of salvation through faith.

But just because we got our free pass to heaven, it doesn’t mean that we are not held accountable for our actions once we become Christians.

Paul teaches in 2 Corinthians 5:10 that we will all stand before Christ to be judged for our conduct. James told us in James 2:8 that the standard of judgment is the Royal Law of do unto others as Christ did for us.

So, will you pass the test? When you examine how you treat others is it with the same mercy and compassion that Christ showed us? If you answered yes then, according to 1 John 4:17, you will have confidence on the day of judgment. And that’s The Simple Truth.

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I’m Julie Carruth, and I’ll see you again tomorrow.