Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:29
Scripture reveals the severity and beauty of God's justice. There are times that God's justice can appear, at a glance, to be a negative quality of His nature, especially when His justice requires a wrath. For example, God's justice requires the punishment of all evil. Further, God's justice actually required Jesus to become “sin for us” (2 Cor. 5:11). This was necessary, to be sure, to obtain our very redemption.
Likewise, the Bible tells us that Jesus is the “propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). Think of it! God's justice required that a sinless, innocent man – God's incarnate Son – had to die so that we might be eternally free of the stain of sin. Christ's shed blood covers our sin and blots it out. Thus, when God looks at what was once our sin, He sees only the shed blood of His Son.
Consider also that God is just, or absolutely fair, in His pardon of sins, for salvation in Christ is available to any individual who chooses to accept it, in faith. The apostle Paul reminded the Christians at Rome that they were “justified freely by (God's) grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood” (Romans 3:24-25).
Finally, there are times that, in order for God to be fair, He must act in ways that appear to be unfair, even severe. But, as the surgeon cuts out portions of the body infected by a cancer in order to save the whole, God's justice may necessitate apparently painful action. Perhaps in your own experience you can recall encountering a difficult situation during which you cried out to God; “That's not fair,” only to learn later how truly right God's action were in that circumstance. Only then did you see that God selected that path for your own well-being.
In this sense, what appears at first glance to be a picture of severity becomes, in the end, a picture of beauty. Joseph, for example, was rejected by evil brothers and sold into slavery (Genesis 37:28). His brothers could not have known that God would turn this circumstance around for His glory and that Joseph would rise to prominence in Egypt, even to the point of Joseph being in a position to help sustain those very brothers through a devastating famine (Genesis 45:5-9).
Let's thank God for the totality of His infinite “fairness.” The Bible says, “Righteousness and judgment are the habitation of His throne” (Psalm 97:2); and, “...Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25).
Beloved readers, God is always fair!
TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND HONOR
- 14/07/2011 11:44 - Jemaah Islamiyah: Obstacle to Peace in Mindanao
- 14/07/2011 11:42 - What if China attacked the Spratlys?
- 14/07/2011 11:41 - A time of pain, a time of grace (CBCP Pastoral Statement)
- 13/07/2011 12:30 - Desperados
- 13/07/2011 12:29 - Balikatan Exercises: X-factor in the Phil countryside and military development (Part 2 of 2)
- 12/07/2011 11:46 - Balikatan Exercises: X-factor in the Phil countryside and military development (Part 1 of 2)
- 12/07/2011 11:45 - China hardliners to teach Spratly intruders ‘a lesson’
- 12/07/2011 11:44 - News of the World last issue
- 12/07/2011 11:43 - Five ways to get his attention in 72 seconds
- 11/07/2011 10:26 - Risking life itself