Today's Foundations Devotional: God judges in truth

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Memory verse:

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness,

but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that

all should come to repentance.

(2 Peter 3:9)

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What, then, are the principles of divine judgement revealed in God’s Word? Paul unfolds four main principles which may be summarised as follows.

First, Paul declares that God’s judgement is according to truth.

Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgement of God is according to truth against those who practice such things (Rom. 2:1-2).

Paul is here speaking primarily to religious people who judge other people by one standard and themselves by another standard. Paul says that this is not the way of God’s judgement. God’s judgement is according to truth. If we see and acknowledge the truth of God’s judgement as applied to others, we must apply precisely the same truth to ourselves and our own lives. God’s standard does not vary. It is always the truth – the revealed truth of God’s Word.

Jesus Himself says to the Father, “Your word is truth” (John 17:17). This revealed standard of God’s truth applies just as much to the one who judges as to the one who is judged.

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Prayer:

God and Father, and also Lord Jesus, Who is the living Word, thank

you for the absolute, eternal, pure truth of Your Word, which gives us

guidance and a grip on our lives and everything that happens. I praise

You for Your presence in my life through Your Word. Amen.

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