1 Corinthians 4:5 (KJV 1900)
5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
People in the Corinthian church were not being faithful stewards and were judging others before the time (prematurely). The only pure Judge is the Lord.
For us today in the church, it is not our function to be the judge and the jury. The tendency is for us to moralize the lives of others. We need to be careful of that. There is a degree to which only a man’s conscience can convict him–I can’t do it. It has to come from the spirit. Our judging of others will not bring them to the point of conviction.
Rather, let us lay the word of God before people and let the word do its work. And by that, I do not mean open the Bible and start quoting verses to someone in sin. What needs to happen is for the pastor to teach the Bible week after week, line by line, word by word, and for those who come faithfully and hear that word, it will convict them without someone else judging them.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Until the Lord comes then it will be the time of judgment. His judgment won’t be premature judging like man’s. The Lord’s judgment will be at the right time and drive deep into the soul, Everything hidden in darkness he will bring to light.
Hidden things of darkness. Once we confess our sins before the Lord they are no longer hidden, and when he comes to judge Christians (at the Judgment Seat of Christ), if we have confessed, there will be no hidden things of darkness to bring to light.
Reveal the counsels of the hearts. This could be referring back to faithful stewards, those who are not judging and striving to be faithful. Each faithful one will have praise…from God.