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Sermons from First Baptist Church of St. Charles
First Baptist Church of St. Charles
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God decreed from all eternity to display the greatness of the glory of his grace for the enjoyment of his creatures, and he revealed to us that this is the ultimate aim and explanation of why there is sin and why there is suffering, and why there is a great suffering Savior. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came in the flesh to suffer and die and by that suffering and death to save sinners like you and me. This coming to suffer and die is the supreme manifestation of the greatness of the glory of the grace of God.
In order to understand what Jesus tells us in these verses, we need to understand what the word "judgement" means. It means "to make up our mind" or "to condemn someone". As believers we are to decide right or wrong, based on God's Word. And it is wrong to condemn someone, as we don't know if somebody is going to repent. Only God knows this. We can condemn words and actions, not people.
God is absolute and eternal and infinite. Everything else and everybody else is dependent and finite and contingent. God himself is the great supreme value. Everything else that has any value has it by connection to God. God is supreme in all things. He has all authority, all power, all wisdom—and he is all good “to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him” (Lamentations 3:25). And his name, as Creator and Redeemer and Ruler of all, is Jesus Christ.
One of the major causes of devastating grief and confusion among Christians is that our expectations are false. We do not give the subject of evil and suffering the thought it deserves until we ourselves are confronted with tragedy. If by that point our beliefs—not well thought out but deeply ingrained—are largely out of step with the God who has disclosed Himself in the Bible and supremely in Jesus, then the pain from the personal tragedy may be multiplied many times over as we begin to question the very foundations of our faith. Of course, not all doubts and fears arise from false expectations based on questionable beliefs. At the intellectual level, a Christian may be as orthodox as the apostle Paul, yet so lack the apostle’s spiritual maturity that when the first crisis hits all the orthodox commitments are again thrown into the melting pot. Dr. Don Carson