Belief and Judgment

Today’s Reading: Judges 17:1-18:31, John 3:1-21, Psalm 104:1-24, Proverbs 14:20-21

John 3 is about belief and judgment. If we consider belief as roughly equivalent to faithfulness and judgment as roughly equivalent to justice, then John 3:16-21 shows us Jesus’ perspective on these two issues.

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”

In verse 18, believe in Jesus sets us free from judgment, but failure to believe in Jesus means we have already been judged. Is God’s justice satisfied simply by believing in Jesus Christ? I will continue to explore the theme of faithfulness, righteousness and justice in the days and weeks ahead.

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