The title of this post is taken from the teachings of our Master, the Lord Jesus. The teaching, warning, and insight of the above extract goes on to say; “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Matthew 12:37)
That teaching coincides with other of His teachings such as “You shall know them by their fruit” and “from the heart the mouth speaketh” as well as, “that which goes out of a man defiles him” as opposed to that which is ingested.
The inspired Scriptures meet the needs of God’s people. The Scripture shows how one is made “wise unto salvation”; we learn what pleases and displeases God; we learn what is sin and what is not; what is expedient to the Christ-ian and what is not; We come to know Christ; to love Him above all others, to trust Him, and what it is to obey Him. Further more we are taught how to behave in all aspects of life. We learn what is expected of us and all that we may hope for from our tender loving, and providing God. We learn what righteousness is, what grace is, what hope is, what love is, what faith is; we learn of all the spiritual gifts that have been given us by God as well as the spiritual fruits that are grown and being grown within us by the ever indwelling and ever attentive Holy Spirit of God. The Scriptures teach clearly upon two destinations. These eternal destinations await those who have been imputed with the righteousness of Christ and the unrighteous who would have no part of Him.
The Scriptures are also replete with practical wisdom on living successfully in the present and prudence for the future. Among these practical teachings, believe it or not, is profiling the individuals you come in contact with. We have suggested this in a recent posting where we unpacked a passage from Proverbs (6) six. By way of recalling that lesson we will (DV) return to Proverbs. In Proverbs six Scripture profiles a person that has a perverse or crude manner of speech. Scripture then reveals that hidden within this froward person are the characteristics of naughtiness and wickedness.
(DV) we will look at the Matthew 12:37 text from above, “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” One might find many facets in this statement if one were to meditate therein. For example; God hears all that one says and He is either pleased or displeased by what He hears. When our works are judged at the judgement seat of Christ these overheard and recorded words will be brought forth as evidence. This evidence will stand as witness for or against the one who is being tried. Another practical use of this statement is a person who is justified before God or is a moral person (not the same) will speak good words; words of edification, words of truth, words of encouragement, words that exalt, and acknowledge God, words that give thanks and praise to God. Words that give all glory to Him Who Alone is Worthy. On the other hand a person who is condemned will speak negative words and words intended to discourage and cause pain. However, to be sure, this condemning type of person may very well come to Christ with and in the spirit of gifted repentance and gifted faith and be made a new creature in Christ. He will go forth and demonstrate the imputed righteousness of Christ, he will demonstrate his justification and sanctification by his words and works. This truth can be seen in the recorded lives of many in Scripture; such as, the patriarch Jacob, Nebuchadnezzar, King Manasseh, Saul/St. Paul, and even in our contemporaries. There is always hope, on our side of the veil, for any of the condemning and moralistic types.
We will, at this point, show some quotes made by a person. These quotes will not have any context nor will there be any sources given as these quotes were taken from the website, “Brainy Quotes.” We will not name the person; this decision is not based upon fear or tact nor is it based on political correctness. The person shall not be named because what is true of this person is true of others like him. And that truth is in the Scriptures referenced above. Besides the reasons for not naming the person given in the last sentence, some if not most will be able to identify the person being quoted. This will also go to prove my point, you can know and or read people by their words and works.
- “In the end, you’re measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish” (This is the antithesis/opposite of Christ’s teaching; the very teaching we just wrote upon above!)
- “All the women on ….. flirted with me- consciously or unconsciously, that’s to be expected” ( this person has “no regard for women”)
- People are shocked when they find…I am protestant, I am Presbyterian, and I go to church, and I love God, and I love my church.” (people are shocked because this person’s fruit does not line up with marks of a Biblical Christ-ian and the fruits of the Spirit must not be apparent, either. Notice the order of his words; religion, religion, church, [then] God and church. This quote leads into the next…
- “I apologize when I am wrong.” (yet this person has admitted to having never asked God for His forgiveness. Therefore, it must follow… he has never wronged God. Christian teaching at it’s very basic, shows us that a relationship with God begins (on our side of the veil) with the human responding to the initiating and calling God in repentance and belief and in that order. Therefore, if this person has never “apologized” to God he may be religious in some human sense but he does not nor can he love God and if he does not love God he does not love Christians. And let me state, the Presbyterian church certainly teaches Biblical truth on all the fundamental matters. So if this person hasn’t grasped the doctrine of forgiveness by now his mind is elsewhere when he attends his much “loved” church.
- “Good people don’t go into politics.” (his words not mine)
- “I have great respect for the [p]ope. I like the [p]ope. I actually like him.” (in other words, I have great respect for the [false prophet]. I like the [false prophet]. I actually like him.)
- “The point is, you can never be too greedy” (The love of money is the root of all evil.) This person is primed, prepped and ready for THe hostile take over and those that are like him are being primed, prepped, and readied to be taken over too.