We begin a new section in the Sermon on the Mount by seeing how Jesus’ sermon was aimed to correct the false teaching of the day and to restore a true understanding of how God would have His people live.

In a detailed look at the first two verses of Matthew 7, we consider the following questions:

  • What does Jesus mean when He says we should not judge?
  • Does this mean we should set aside all discernment and never make evaluations of people or teachings?
  • What is the principle on which justice operated in the Bible?
  • Who will condemn us if we condemn others?
  • Does our forgiveness of others and restraint from condemning them earn our salvation?
  • What does it mean if we habitually condemn others?
  • What encouragement can we take if we are able to resist the temptation to condemn?

Finally, we are pointed to Christ as the only One who can save us from a condemning spirit, and therefore from the condemnation of God both in this world and on the Last Day.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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