Apostles Have the Ability to Judge Correctly
And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that SENT ME. John 8:16
This is another characteristic of a sent one, the apostle. One translation reads, “but I and He that sent me judge together.” The same is true in the case of the “sent ones” today. They work with Jesus, the One who sends them, to judge the work that is being accomplished in His Name.
The judgment is true because of the presence and anointing of the Sender upon the sent one. Judging is issuing sentences and passing verdicts.
The apostle Paul issued a sentence and passed a verdict concerning a fornicator in the Church (1 Corinthians 5:3-5). Apostolic judgment is necessary to keep the Church in order. Where there is no proper judgment, confusion and anarchy could reigns.
Judgment is based on proper discernment. It is also based on knowledge, wisdom and understanding. Apostles have knowledge, wisdom and understanding through grace to judge correctly. The Holy Spirit gives them insight and revelation as they enter into each situation, church, and geographic area. This does not mean they are infallible. They will judge correctly as long as they operate and walk in the Spirit.
When difficult situations arise in the church concerning individuals, doctrines, direction, methods and approach to ministry, as well as the general life of the Church the wisdom of the apostles is needed to judge correctly and bring correction and necessary adjustments. This helps keep the church on course and fulfilling the Great Commision as well as the vision of the local church.