You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one.
And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me.
It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true.
I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.”
Then they said to Him, “Where is Your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also.”
These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on Him, for His hour had not yet come.
[John 8:15-20 NKJV]
What does Jesus mean when He says ‘... I judge no one. Yet if I do judge ...’. The Amplified Bible gives us a clearer view of Jesus’ intention here, for it says ‘ ... I do not [set Myself up to] judge or condemn or sentence anyone. Yet even if I do judge ...’ That crucial ‘set Myself up to’ clarifies His purpose ... and answers a puzzle that most Christians wrestle with at some time or another.
We too must not set ourselves up in judgement of another, but there are times when we simply cannot ignore a situation which calls for a moral decision — and holy discernment is the path to choose — we must side with Jesus; for we are not alone, just as He was not alone. Jesus intercedes for those who believe in Him and we thus have a direct line to the throne of God.
Jesus says these words in the treasury — a place where not only many sacred temple objects were housed, but also formed a home for the priests. So it is not just about what Jesus said, but where he said it.
To exercise judgement — or discernment as to how to react in a given situation — we must be in a holy place; not just in the temple, but in the treasure-house.
It is not simply a case of “what would Jesus do?”, we know what Jesus would do — He would seek the will of the Father who sent Him. We should be able to say ‘yes, I know.’
God and love are synonymous. Love is not an attribute of God, it is God. Whatever God is, love is. If your conception of love does not agree with justice and judgement, purity and holiness, then your idea of love is wrong.
GEORGE and GILL STEWART