Is God Really Just?

What’s on the table when we talk about God’s justice…Him being a just God?

In the judicial system of our country, this simply means that people get what they deserve when they are held accountable for their actions.  Usually this calls for someone to do something pretty extreme (or be accused of doing something extreme) to get in trouble with the law.  If they are proven guilty then they “pay” for their actions as the judge declares.

So the question above deals with God being the great Judge.  Some people like this picture of God and many others hate it.  Where do you fall?  Those who hate seeing the picture of God being a judge probably view God sitting behind a judges bench with a mallet in hand…throwing out judgment to the world.  I can see why this picture is hated.  If this were the case then I would hate this view of God too…but thankfully the Bible gives so much detail about God’s justice and why he is just.  I hope this picture paints God in a bigger light as it does for me.

God’s Righteousness:

God is perfectly righteous and holy.  Nothing sinful or evil can be in His presence.  When Moses begs to see God’s glory Exodus 33, and God tells him that he can not see his face and live.  Wow, what a picture of the holiness of God.

Man’s Problem:

We are sin!  We are born into sin!  Because of the fall of Adam and Eve, we inherit the sinful nature that ultimately leads to death (Rom. 6:23).  This puts us in quite the predicament.

God’s Justice:

How faithful would God be (and how true to His nature would he be) if He excused our sinfulness and just said…screw it…everyone gets to heaven.  That’s is not a great and holy God!  God’s justice is that He must punish sin.  Since He can not be in the presence of sin his judgment (or wrath) falls on every human being.  The great news is that the story doesn’t stop there…God reaches out to His creation…to us!  Just as what is represented in the penal system of our nation, our sin had to be paid for.  God sent a payment…the blood of Jesus!

Romans 3:26, “it was to prove at the present time that He Himself is righteous and that He justifies him who has faith in Jesus.”

God’s justice is to show his righteousness.  He displays his wrath because His is righteous.  He provided Jesus to be righteousness for us so that we can have a personal relationship (and stand in the presence) of a holy God.



2 thoughts on “Is God Really Just?

  1. You wrote: “Romans 3:26, “it was to prove at the present time that He Himself is righteous and that He justifies him who has faith in Jesus.””

    I want to comment about foregiveness, which has implications for eternal life.
    How to live in order to enable the Creator in His loving kindness to provide His foregivness is outlined in the Jewish Bible ; and was also taught by the first century Ribi Yehoshua from Nazareth (the Mashiakh; the Messiah).

    The Jewish Bible – for example Yekhëzqeil (Hezekiel) 18 – promises foregivness to those who do their sincerest to keep Torah. The Creator cannot lie and He does not change (Malakhi 3:6)! According to Tehilim (“Psalms”) 103 the Creator gives his foregivness to those who do their sincerest to keep His berit (“covenant”; the pre-conditions to be included in the berit is according to the Jewish Bible to do ones sincerest to keep Torah).

    You will find Ribi Yehoshuas teachings here:
    Anders Branderud

    • You are absolutely correct about forgiveness. Without it, the implications are damning.

      The problem is we are both looking at the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Yehoshua in two different ways. You know my point of view just as well as I know yours. I am not a debtor and an argument is not worth it to me. I’ll tell you my point of view. The funny thing to me is I agree with what you are saying. Yehoshua, in the NT, speaks plenty about the importance of following God’s commandments…and it’s leading to eternal life: Matthew 5:19; John 14:15, 21; John 15:10 — the apostle Paul also saw it’s importance in 1 Corinthians 7:19 and the apostle John in 1 John 2:3-4; 3:24. But is that the ultimate? Is that where the buck stops. By saying yes, you are proof-texting Jesus’ words. The following of God’s commandments is not the possessor of eternal life…it’s the result of a changed life. Proof-texging a dangerous game to play.

      The main difference in our worldviews lies in the answer to the question of “where does your salvation lie?” You ultimately hold as truth that you can earn God’s favor by doing His commands and hopefully it works towards your salvation. I hold to the truth that there is no way in hell I can earn God’s favor…literally. There is no righteous act in me that posses the ability to do such a thing (Psalms 14). It’s only by the act of God and of Him reaching out towards us through His Son Jesus. It is only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ that we have access to the Father. It’s through Jesus, giving His own life on the cross, that God was able to propitiate His wrath that I inherited through Adam.

      It’s through His salvation that compels me to follow the commandments of Yahweh God. I fail often… but praise be to our righteous and holy God for the redeeming blood of Jesus that I have forgiveness of sins…the hope of His glory…for His glory…and not my own!

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