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 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.
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.
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.
PRAISE GOD FOR HIS JUSTICE! PRAISE HIM FOR HIS MERCY!