(Note: This is a guest post written by Wally Fry who blogs here. I am currently away and thank Wally for this guest post. If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.)
What is all that you ask? Well, those would be just some of the many characteristics, roles, or attributes of God. He is all of those things. He is all of those things, all of the time. He is all of those things in equal measure(that measure being infinite, of course). But that is not all. God is also the following:
Administrator of Justice
We don’t like the idea of justice so much. We love love. We love grace. We love mercy. We don’t so much love law, judgement, or justice. Well, that is not really true. We do love justice, just not applied to us. Don’t we all scream for justice constantly?
That’s not fair!
Someday THEY will get what they deserve!
I deserve better than that!
They are going to pay for that some day!
Hey, where’s mine?
And on and on and on it goes.
So, we all have an innate, and generally very well developed sense of justice. After all, we spend big parts of our lives demanding it. Did we evolve into this almost universal sense of justice? Well, of course not. We were given our sense of justice. When? Back in the Garden of Eden when God scooped up the dirt of the Earth, created a man, breathed life into his nostrils, and man became a living soul.
We were created in God’s image; we have a sense of justice because the One who created us also has a sense of justice
I have taken a sort of round about trip to answer a common question:
If God loves us, why can’t He just forgive us and move on? Why doesn’t He just “Let us all go” so to speak?
I don’t really want to over complicate the answer to that question, so will answer it with some short scenarios and questions of my own. If any reader decided to pay a visit to the local court day in their town and saw the following occur, what would the reaction be?
What if before court even started, the presiding judge stood up and proclaimed the following:
I really, really, really love you all! I know you are all guilty as charged, but I really, really love you all. So, even though you all did your particular crimes you won’t be punished for them. Every body go home!
What if the local auto thief came before the judge:
Thief: Yeah, Judge I stole that car, but I am really, really sorry!
Judge: Ok, great. Thanks for the apology. You may go home.
What about the guy who stole the radio from that car?
Thief: Yeah judge, I stole the radio. But at least I didn’t steal the whole car like that other guy!
Judge: Ok. Hmm. Good point. You may go home.
The armed robber?
Robber: I did it judge sure I did. You know all the charity stuff I do, right? How am I gonna do all that in jail?
Judge: Good point. Go home
If any of that actually occurred, what would our reaction be? At bare minimum we would quite electing that Judge, or work to have such a judge removed from the Bench. Why is that? Well obviously the conduct described above violates any sense of justice any normal, rational person has.
We believe in Justice
We are in God’s image
God gave us our sense of justice
God is just Himself
Why do we demand He behave differently?
Remember earlier when we talked about God’s attributes? He is all the things listed, all of the time, in full measure of each. Since being unchanging is also one of God’s attributes, He can not stop being any of those things. This is just simple fact as He has revealed to us in His Word, the Bible. We know these things because He has told us.
Another attribute of God is perfection and Holiness. Simply put, our transgressions large or small, are less than perfection and separate us from Him.
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Big, or small. Shoplifter to mass murderer.
James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
So in the eyes of a perfect and Holy God we are all guilty as charged. If this was our local courtroom, we would demand justice. Well, so does God.
Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death………
That’s right, the penalty prescribed in God’s Law for violation of that law is the death penalty. The penalty is not penance, or purgatory, or a monetary fine or any sort of good works to make up for what we have done. The penalty for our sin is death. What does this mean? Well, after the first sin, it meant physical death. If Adam and Eve had not sinned, they would have lived forever in their physical forms, in harmony with God. Their sin brought into the world all the sickness and death as we know it today. Death also means spiritual death. Even though we all eventually die physically, we are are all eternal in our spirits. Our spirit, or soul will exist for all eternity. So, again, what is it to spiritually die? Spiritual death is eternal separation from God in a place called Hell. It’s really that simple. When God says the wages of sin is death, that is the death of which He speaks.
Justice demands this. So, now what? Well, there is more!
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
God has given us a gift. Even though we owed the penalty of death for our sin, He gave us His Son, Jesus Christ as a way for that debt to be satisfied. God became flesh, in the form of Jesus Christ and became incarnate on this Earth for that very reason. Jesus Christ was fully human, so He could pay the price humans owed for their sin; He was also fully God, so He could pay the infinite price of the sin of all humanity past, present and future. Despite how He hates sin, God loves us deeply and completely.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
It is a gift, we do not pay a thing for it; Jesus paid it all. We do not deserve it and we do not earn it. All we have to do is accept it. How do we do this? Let’s look at what the Bible teaches about this:
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
It’s the meeting of the attributes
God demands it
God has it
Mercy and grace
God offers it