GOD IS JUST
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Bill Blight- “We can trace all our human problems back to our view of God”
Which in effect means humanity’s problem is rooted in a wrong and faulty view of who God is!
According to dictionary.com justice is: the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness: to uphold the justice of a cause, rightfulness or lawfulness, as of a claim or title; justness of ground or reason: to complain with justice, the moral principle determining just conduct, conformity to this principle, as manifested in conduct; just conduct, dealing, or treatment, the administering of deserved punishment or reward.
Because God is just…
He will always treat me fairly. “For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in our bodies. “(2 Corinthians 5:10)
Throughout Scripture God is pictured as a judge. The Bible teaches that God will ultimately judge the world. Many of us shy away from the thought of God as a judge because the examples of justice that we see on earth are flawed: some judges are corrupt and, even when their intentions are good, they can make mistakes.
God however is Just-this fact assures us that when He acts as a judge, He will administer justice perfectly. God is able to be just because of the sum of all His attributes…is His infallible character!
- God is all knowing- Omniscient- He knows the truth in every situation.
- God is Omnipresent- He is everywhere, sees everything; in the hearts and minds of men.
- He is the source of Wisdom- Prov. 2:6.
- His is Omnipotent- All Powerful
- He is Sovereign- the Ultimate authority
- He is Immutable His moral character in establishing what is right and wrong never changes. This means that He is fair and impartial.
God hates the ill-treatment and oppression of people and His creation. The fact that God is just means that He can and will judge between right and wrong and He will administer justice in accordance with His standards.
Because God is an all-powerful, all-knowing Supreme Being who is inherently just and who will act as our judge, what does this mean for humans like you and me?
It means that our actions on earth and our attitudes toward God will ultimately be judged. This is a very serious concern since we have all fallen short of God’s perfect standards and we must pay the penalty for those shortcomings (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23).
Fortunately, we also know that God is a God of mercy. In His mercy, He has provided a way for us to be reconciled with Him and to meet His standards. He has provided a substitute who was willing to pay our penalty if we are willing to accept that arrangement. He did this through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ, who died to cover the penalty we would have to pay for our wrongdoing (Romans 3:24).
All we have to do is accept this substitution. Then the God who is both just and merciful will forgive and forget our shortcomings. The Bible tells us He will even accept us and treat us as His children and His heirs. When God presented His Son Jesus as a substitute to pay the penalty for our wrong doing, the Bible says He did it to demonstrate His justice: “…so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26).
God Is Just – What does this mean after I have accepted His Son’s sacrifice?
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” 2 Cor. 5:10 NIV
Now that we have been reconciled to God and we have been adopted in His family, the fact that God is just means that He requires us to be just and act justly. The prophet Micah gives us this clear instruction from the Lord,
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God” Mic. 6:8 NIV
TO ACT JUSTLY– Living right- As an individual, in my family, toward my spouse, my children, my friends, do I act justly? Can they rely on me? Do I always do what is right and fair? Remember, this is not just advisable. This is what God requires of you and of me.
In Christ all of us are called to deal with each other justly— treating each other as He would treat us or as we would prefer to be treated brings us in line with God and His original design for this world. Justice is part of administering the law. Jesus simplified all of the law into these two commands;
“Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” Matt. 22:37-40 MSG
Acting justly requires that we follow the law of love. Loving God first and foremost in our lives and loving our neighbors as ourselves. And if you’re not good at loving even yourself, Jesus also says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you”(John 13:34).
LOVE MERCY– Treating Others Right
According to dictionary.com, mercy is: a compassionate forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power. the disposition to be compassionate or forbearing.
The discretionary power of a judge to pardon someone or to mitigate punishment, especially to send to prison rather than invoke the death penalty. An act of kindness, compassion, or favor. Something that gives evidence of divine favor; blessing.
The dictionary definition does a pretty good job of explaining what mercy is. It can be easy to let an offense go if the offense is small, or to help when the favor required is small like helping a stranger change a flat tyre. But when it costs more…we often have a battle with mercy.
Repeatedly throughout the Bible, God warns His people to treat others fairly, particularly believers. The Bible teaches that we as believers should…
- Love one Another (John 13:34-35; 1 John3:11; 1 John3:23; 1 John4:7; 1 John)
- Be devoted to one another. (Rom. 12:10)
- Honor One another. (Rom. 12:10)
- Live in harmony. (Rom. 12:16)
- Keep no debts. (Rom. 13:8)
- Accept one another. (Rom. 15:7)
- Instruct one another. (Rom. 15:14)
- Agree with one another. (1 Cor. 1:10)
- Serve one another. (Gal. 5:13)
- Be humble, gentle, patient and bearing with one another. (Eph. 4:2)
- Forgive One another. (Eph. 4:32 & Col. 3:13)
- Kind and Compassionate to one another. (Eph. 4:32)
- Sing to one another songs of Worship. (Eph. 51:9)
- Submit to one another. (Eph. 5:21; 1 Pet. 5:5)
- Teach one another. (Col.3:16)
- Admonish one another. (Col. 3:16)
- Encourage one another. (1 Thess. 5:11: Heb.3:13;10:24&25
- Meet Together. (Heb.10:25)
- Don’t Slander one another. (Jam.4:11)
- Be sympathetic to one another. (1 Pet. 3:8)
- Show hospitality to one another. (1 Pet. 4:9)
- Be Humble in working together. (1 Pet. 5:5)
- Have fellowship with one another. (1 John 1:7)
- Cover one another’s weakness. (1 Pet. 4:8)
- Confess sin together. (Jam.5:16)
- Don’t grumble against one another (Jam. 5:9)
- Don’t pay back evil for evil. (1 Thess. 5:15)
- Be kind to one another. (1 Thess. 5:15)
- Live in peace with one another. (1 Thess. 5:15)
- Hold each other in High regard. (1 Thess. 5:13)
- Build each other up. (1 Thess.5:11)
- Don’t lie to each other. (Col.3:9)
- Don’t envy, provoke or deceive one another. (Gal.5:26)
- Carry each other’s burdens. (Gal. 6:2)
- Look at each other’s interests. (Phil. 2:3-5)
In regards to unbelievers it says:
“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”(Colossians 4:5-6) Show them kindness when you speak with them and be attractive (not physically). When you speak, attract them to Jesus. Make them wonder why you have joy.
And as for our enemies…
Jesus said, “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44) Say what!? Yes, we are called to pray for those who persecute us! Here are a few verses that show us how to act towards our enemies.
This is what it means to “love mercy”. As for walking with God speak directly to following and obeying His word, Spirit and precepts in our lives…we will discuss this in detail when we talk about the fact that God id a personal God.
The fact that God is just can also provide you with peace when you are dealing with difficulties in your life or witnessing painful injustice. You can be confident that God’s justice will ultimately prevail. The fact that the all-powerful and all-knowing God is also just means that evil will ultimately be dealt with authoritatively and decisively.
God Is Just – If God is just, why do we see so much unfairness on earth?
Dispensations: Before Christ vs. after Christ
Noah and the Flood vs. Judgment at the end of the age.
We often see and experience injustice on earth; this is because we live in a fallen world with fallen man. God has given us free will. Unfortunately most do not exercise it responsibly or in a way that lines up with God’s word and character as a just God. See Luke 17:1.
The time will come when God will judge the world and the people in it. He will dispose of evil and injustice and He will punish those who have turned away from Him and His standards.
The appointed time has not yet come for as the Apostle Peter tells us that God is waiting because He is patient and wants everyone to have an opportunity accept His Son’s sacrifice rather than paying the penalty that justice requires for their sins (2 Peter 3:9).
- A day is fixed for His righteous judgment of the world (Acts 17:31)
- All sin is ultimately against a righteous God (Ps. 51:4)
- All God’s ways are righteous and deserve praise (Rev. 15:3)
- God alone is the judge (James 4:12)
- God judges all people with justice (Ps. 9:7-8)
- God’s law and judgments are completely righteous (Ps. 19:7-9)
- He exercises justice toward all humanity (Gen. 18:25)
- He is just in all His ways (Dent. 32:4)
- God rightly judges heart, mind and deeds (Jer. 17:10)
- Jesus, our righteous defender before the Father (1 John 2:1)
- The Messiah will judge all with complete justice (Isa. 11:4-5)
- The righteous Messiah will establish a righteous people (Jer. 33:16)
- The righteous God justifies those who believe in Jesus (Rom. 3:25-26)
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