I Don’t Care What the Scoffers Say: I Still Believe the Jesus Is the Son of God
The Sure and Firm Foundation of Our Faith
(Luke chapter 6, verses 37–49)
For this week’s Bible study, we will be going over the third part of the gospel of Luke chapter six. When we concluded last week’s study, we were in the middle of the revered Sermon on the Mount. Jesus had just finished teaching that we are to, “Be merciful, just as your heavenly Father is merciful”. At this point in Matthew’s gospel, it reads, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will obtain mercy.” (Matt. 5: 7) Merciful people — that is, compassionate, kindhearted people who are filled with empathy — will be shown the same degree of favorable judgment and benefit of the doubt that they showed toward others when they stand before God, and they will receive it through Christ himself, in person. Now that’s what I call something to look forward to! On that note, let’s begin the 3rd and final part of Luke chapter six.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. He also told them this parable: Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye’, when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Luke 6, verses 37–42)
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.” Wow, that’s an entire sermon right there! Although these words are inspirational, there’s far more to it than guidance and inspiration. When we consider just what Jesus meant, we find ourselves at the realization that there will be no haters, bigots or racists in heaven. Forget about it! If anyone judges, despises or…