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So resist the temptation to pronounce premature judgment on anything before the appointed time when all will be fully revealed. Instead, wait until the Lord makes his appearance, for he will bring all that is hidden in darkness to light[a] and unveil every secret motive of everyone’s heart. Then, when the whole truth is known, each will receive praise from God.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 4:5 The Aramaic can be translated “He will pour light upon the hidden things of darkness.”
  2. 1 Corinthians 4:5 The clear inference is that God will bring to light the secret motives of love, faithfulness, righteousness, kindness, etc.—not only evil motives, but the pure motives of believers. When the Lord judges his godly lovers, their secret devotion and sacrifices will all be brought into the light and God will praise them for their faithful love. The reward of eternity will be that God affirms them. The word for “praise” can actually be translated, “thanks from God.” Can you imagine the day coming when God praises his faithful servants? See also 1 John 4:17-19.

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