Is Jesus Saving or Judging?

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Hi M____,
The answer to your question is in the very next verse after the one to which you are alluding. Here are both verses:

Joh 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Christ makes it very clear that the very reason He came is for judgment:

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

But He also makes clear that He is judging only His own house at this time. That is why he said “if any man hear my words and believe not, I judge him not…” All who are not now being judged will be judged later in the “lake of fire”, white throne judgment.

1Pe 4:17 For the time [ is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [ it] first [ begin] at us, what shall the end [ be] of them that obey not the gospel of God?
1Pe 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Now here is the answer to your question and to Peter’s rhetorical question, “where will the ungodly and sinner appear?”:

Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [ the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

I hope this helps you understand why Christ said He is not now judging unbelievers. Judgment is chastening for the intent of correcting.

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves [ now], we should not be judged [ in the great white throne, lake of fire judgment].
1Co 11:32 But when we are judged [ in either judgment], we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned [ to the white throne judgment] with the world.

When that “great white throne” judgment arrives then all men will learn righteousness:

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Your brother in Christ,

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