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✿ The Bible admonishes us to JUDGE not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. (John 7:24). In other words, our judgments should not be by sight or outward appearance. ✿ Jesus expounded the religious leaders as to how to do judgments: ❶ If you think you have not violated the sabbath in circumcision, then how can you think I broke the sabbath when I healed one of you who had been helpless for 38 years? ❷ If you will view My act in the same light as your own, then you will not class Me as a criminal. ❸ The covenant of healing (Ex. 15:26) should be obeyed as much as the covenant of circumcision (Gen. 17:9-14). ❹ Sickness in your midst proves you have broken God's covenant just as much as a foreskin would prove you have broken it. ❺ If you admit that circumcision is necessary, then why do you not admit that it is a necessity for a man to be cured on that day? ✿ Later in the Church history, Peter exhibited the judgment of righteousness. Ananias and Sapphira mean grace and beauty, but their names do not fit their conduct. They were disciples of Christ and members of the apostolic church of which no man would belong unless he had a real experience of salvation. This we have to conclude because the church was hated and persecuted (Acts 4:1-4,17; 5:13,17-18,27-42; 8:1; etc.). It was also repeatedly stated that all were of "one accord" and one mind who did belong to the church (Acts 1:14; 2:1,46). ✿ Peter discerned that Satan filled their heart as it caused them to hold back part of the price and so lie to the Holy Ghost who is also called "God" in Acts 5:4. The Holy Ghost is just as much God as is the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Peter judged that they conceived this thing in their heart. This implies careful and planned deception, not a sudden act (Jas. 1:13-15). ✿ Both Ananias and Sapphira fell down straightway at his feet immediately Peter judged them for they deceived Holy Spirit. It is called righteous judgment with the gift of Holy Spirit. We are reading about "executing judgment" by the power of Holy Spirit on wicked people on this earth (Acts 5:1-12; 13:6-12 1Cor. 4:18-21; 5:4-5). Preachers need this power of "executing judgment" to do the Church ministry.
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