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For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.
1 Corinthians 11:31
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
In an age of grace, it is possible to lose sight of the notion of judgment. At least five judgments apply to all Christians: the judgment by civil authorities for law-breaking (Romans 13:1-7); the Judgment Seat of Christ (Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15); the judgment by church leaders on unrepentant members (1 Corinthians 5:1-5); self-judgment—the responsibility of every Christian to judge his or her own sins (1 Corinthians 11:31); and the judgment of God upon unrepentant Christians in the form of discipline (1 Corinthians 11:30).
The judgment of highest priority is self-judgment, the confession of our sins, and turning from them, so as not to face judgment from other sources (1 John 1:9). It is this judgment that Paul exhorted the Corinthian Christians to make when he discovered they were dishonoring the Lord’s Table, or communion, in the church. Because they failed to judge themselves—repent of their carnality and disorder—God had visited the church with sickness and death (1 Corinthians 11:30).
Self-judgment, the examination of our life, should be a daily discipline based on the promise of God’s gracious forgiveness.