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Matthew 7:3 ESV

3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?

Christ speaks of a speck in your brothers eye and warns one to remove a log in ones eye before attempting to remove it from your brother"s eye

In the above text was Christ warning one never to try rebuke a brother whilst doing the same particular sin or just any other sin.

Was Christ warning about a particular sin or just general sins.

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Matthew 7:

3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?

In the above text was Christ warning one never to try rebuke a brother whilst doing the same particular sin or just any other sin.

Proof by contradiction:

Assume that the log refers to any other sin in general.

Matthew 18:

15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.

You have committed some other sin. You are not qualified to point out their fault. But this is absurd: You have to be sinless to point out their fault. Therefore the assumption is false.

Was Christ warning about a particular sin or just general sins?

a particular sin of a similar kind, not just general sins of other kinds.

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Christ was Speaking about, The passing of Judgment And with Christs Words we see the emphasis of Maturity as a a requirement for Sound Judgement.

This the Apostle Paul expounds more here. Gal 6:1 BSB Brothers, if someone is caught in a trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him with a spirit of gentleness. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.

Here the context is not of Sins wether in general or in particular

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  • So, what is the context here?
    – Tony Chan
    Oct 14 at 16:18
  • Passing of Judgement. Mat 7:1-5 Oct 14 at 16:22
  • in general or in particular of the passing of judgment?
    – Tony Chan
    Oct 14 at 16:30
  • Passing of Judgement lifts it's self above the general or individual picture. It's wholistic. When someone is in the wrong or Sins, One must be Spiritually Mature as is the proper grounds for passing judgement on another. Not necessarily that he must or must have sinned that particular sin. Oct 14 at 16:36
  • Can a spiritually matured person sin?
    – Tony Chan
    Oct 14 at 16:41
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Yes, it is a particular sin. The warning here is for hypocrisy, which God takes a hard stance on.

Proverbs 11:1 (KJV):

A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.

Luke 12:1

In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

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Sin? Jesus wasn’t talking about ‘sin’. He was talking about Judging - judging yourself. And that certainly is not (a) sin. The context is clear. We see it in the previous verse.

MAT 7:1 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

I appreciate some may want to argue whether ‘judging’ others is a sin or not, and then ‘add’ that context into this passage - but the fact is that is not the focus or point of what Jesus was saying.

On other occasions, Jesus told people to judge (Luke 12:57 and John 7:24). The disciples told people to judge (Acts 4:19; Romans 14:13; 1 Corinthians 5:12, 6:2, 10:15, 11:13, and 14:29). Paul judged (1 Corinthians 5:3 and 2 Corinthians 5:14). There are many examples of people judging. Paul prayed that our love would abound more and more in all judgment (Philippians 1:9).

In the light of these scriptures, it is evident that there must be a right and wrong type of judging - and that is the focus of this passage - it’s not about ‘sin’.

It is the condemning, or rather pointing out the type of judgment that is wrong. Also notice that in these scriptures, Jesus was not forbidding judgment; He was warning us to be careful with our judgments because we will be judged accordingly.

This same principle is stated in Romans 2:1-3 and James 2:12-13. There are certain cases where we have to pass a condemning sentence, as Paul did (1 Corinthians 5:3-5 and 1 Timothy 1:20). This warning constrains us to be certain that we ‘judge’ righteously, and are not simply venting our own frustrations.

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Was Christ referring to a particular sin in Matthew 7:3?

No, Jesus was not referring to any particular sin, he was pointing to our ability to judge our brothers properly. We are all imperfect, and should not overreact, to rush and help a brother to remove a minor flaw a "speck" from his figurative spiritual vision so that it will help him judge properly, when ours is impaired by a log.

To illustrate this;

A blind man from birth was healed by Jesus on the Sabbath, he was then brought to the Pharisees for questioning, he replied:

John 9:30-34 NASB

30 The man answered and said to them, “Well, here is the amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes! 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners; but if someone is [a]God-fearing and does His will, He listens to him. 32 [b]Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.”

The Pharisees retorted.[ Vs 34]

34 They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and yet you are teaching us?” So they [c]put him out.

The Pharisees with a log in their eye were totally blind and thus not able to judge matters properly, Jesus replied [Vs 7:5]

5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the [f]speck out of your brother’s eye!

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