in all its fullness to as many people as possible. God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day. It’s clear there was no limit to the punishment Christ could endure on the cross, but there would be no sense in enduring God’s wrath if it didn’t purchase redemption for those He would one day reconcile to Himself. Couldn't God Just Judge Satan Before Man Fell? Clearly, the unjust judge does not represent anything beyond himself. Laws are good or bad for reasons more basic than law. Second Corinthians 5:21 concludes that God made Christ to be sin for us “so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Not only has God imputed our sins to Christ, He has imputed Christ’s righteousness to us. God's perfect justice has no longer been perfect on the earth because sin is in control. Then in his mercy and love he comes down in the person of his Son, Jesus Christ, and pays the penalty for us. The law has roots. Life with jesus is Endless Hope,but with out Jesus is Hopeless End As children arrive have them look up and read the following Bible passages: Psalm 111:7-8, Psalm 9:7-8, 2 Peter 3:8-9 Once all the children arrive, read the verses together as a group and discuss the meaning of each verse. The just God of the universe had to punish sin justly—He had to pour out the full penalty on His Son to grant forgiveness to His elect people. God “made Him who knew no sin”—which can only be a reference to Jesus Christ—“to be sin on our behalf.” As we’ve already seen, Scripture testifies over and over to … He is not a symbol for God, or the devil, or anyone else. God promises, however, to reward those who have been faithful to Him. There’s no doubt about his guilt—he openly admits it. God is a righteous judge and a God who shows His wrath every day. Amazingly, some people don’t seem to think Christ’s sacrifice was enough. And for all who were included in the atonement—provided by the sacrifice of the Son by the glorious grace and mercy of God—the same is true. He is a faithful God Who does no wrong; how just and upright He is! He will judge "the secrets of men." Paul writes, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” That is the doctrine of substitution, and that’s how God can be both our just Judge and merciful justifier. It must be actualized by the believing sinner. God sets the standard for right and wrong. from John MacArthur They attempt to extend the atonement Christ purchased on the cross to the whole of humanity, as if He died for the whole human race. On the cross He cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matt. A righteous Judge doesn’t deliver double punishment. The evidence against him is ironclad. Notice carefully what this involves: 1. 53:5). All rights reserved. New Heart English Bible God is a righteous judge, yes, a God who has indignation every day. He just offered a potential atonement that is converted to a real one by the willing sinner. Since righteousness is the quality or character of being right or just, it is another attribute of God and incorporates both His justice and holiness. Mr. Esposito, I appreciate the time put in to your answer, I can see that you have done an amazing amount of homework. The Father even spoke of the Son’s implicit sinlessness, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased” (Matt. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. 7:26). 11 God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day. Many times in the Bible God is pictured as a judge. More than that, actually—God poured out on Him the full fury of His wrath against all the sins of all the people who would ever believe, as if Christ had committed them Himself. It would mean that He did not actually, really atone for anyone’s sins. When we trace God’s righteousness or justice all the way back, we don’t stop with the existence of God’s law. God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day. There’s more. The Bible says that He will one day judge the world. How can He do that and uphold His own holy law? NET Bible God is a just judge; he is angry throughout the day. That’s the beautiful glory of the gospel. Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Secondly, there's the belief taught in certain creeds, that sinners are what they are by God’s decree, and cannot change themselves. God is not soft on crime. He is also all of these other things. It's almost impossible for a judge to be just 100% of the time? He wouldn’t lay the penalty for the sins of everyone on His Son only to later mete out that same punishment on those who didn’t believe. Why wouldn’t that suffice? The comprehensive nature of God’s reconciliation is staggering. My defense is of God who saves the upright in heart. ... God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work. He could have done this by just becoming incarnate. 9 The wickedness of sinners shall be brought to nought: and thou shalt direct the just: the searcher of hearts and reins is God. Yes, this is hard to understand–but the Bible is clear: God loves us with a love that is far greater than human love–but He is also a God who judges sin and evil with perfect justice. Christ had to live a complete life, fulfilling all righteousness, so it could one day be credited to us. Because God is just, He cannot overlook sin. ... Everything He does is just and fair. Every truth in the universe is God’s truth. Your job is to uphold and execute the law. 12 If he does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready. And we now stand before God fully reconciled to Him, cloaked in the righteousness of our blessed Redeemer. This excerpt is adapted from Good News: The Gospel of Jesus Christ by John MacArthur. God is also a perfect judge because when He pronounces judgment, He has the power and sovereignty to carry out the punishment. Psalm 6 Psalm 8 Psalm 7:11-13 New King James Version (NKJV) 11 God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day. In that brief window of time, Christ paid for all the sins of all those whom God would one day reconcile to Himself. In so doing, they make His atoning sacrifice merely potentially effective. But a just God can’t punish sin twice. God sees us covered with the righteousness of His Son. God a Righteous Judge—Justice in his decrees. Paul gives us the glorious answer in 2 Corinthians 5:21— just fifteen Greek words that sum up the entire gospel and encapsulate God’s ministry of reconciliation. So what is Paul saying when he tells us that God made Christ “to be sin on our behalf”? 11 God is a just judge,And God is angry with the wicked every day.12 If he does not turn back,He will (A)sharpen His sword;He bends His bow and makes it ready.13 He also prepares for Himself instruments of death;He makes His arrows into fiery shafts. First Peter 2:24 sums it up simply but powerfully: “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” Through His suffering, Christ purchased our forgiveness. Why didn’t God just send Him down for a weekend—to be crucified on Friday and return to heaven on Sunday? Ephesians 5 tells us Christ surrendered Himself without spot or blemish (vv. He confesses what he did and says he’s very sorry. He/she may not have all the facts or may be pressured to make the wrong judgment by someone more powerful. (Psalm 9:7-8) God punishes or rewards as quickly or slowly as He desires. Why did the Lord have to endure all the stages of life—most of them spent living in total obscurity? New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. It comes from the ancient religious world, where people offered sacrifices to appease the anger of the gods. Judge me, O Lord, according to my justice, and according to my innocence in me. 1 talking about this. And in spite of what the law says, in spite of your responsibility to dispatch justice, you grant him complete forgiveness and let him walk free. God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day (Psalm 7:9-11). 10 Just is my help from the Lord: who saveth the upright of heart. Imagine you’re a judge. Justice is one of God’s attributes and flows out of His holiness. Only God’s kingdom will last forever. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Firstly, there's the belief clearly taught in scripture, that God is a just and righteous Judge who will punish sinners. Paul saves arguably the best news for last. Used by permission. Pontius Pilate—who had every incentive to find some flaw in the character and reputation of Jesus—said, “I find no guilt in Him” (John 19:6). In the span of a scant few hours, He was “offered once to bear the sins of many” (Heb. Through His sacrifice, He cleared the way for our reconciliation to God. Yet He has allowed the earth to continue because He longs to redeem and restore us (2 Peter 3:8–10). Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. God “made Him who knew no sin”—which can only be a reference to Jesus Christ—“to be sin on our behalf.” As we’ve already seen, Scripture testifies over and over to Christ’s sinless perfection. 11 God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day. That’s a breathtaking reality, especially when you consider that Jesus was only on the cross for about three hours. The writer of Hebrews calls Him “holy, innocent, undefiled” (Heb. That same perfect, spotless, undefiled Son was “made… to be sin on our behalf ” (2 Cor. Put simply, Christ is not the Redeemer for those who will not be redeemed. That is the doctrine of substitution, and that’s how God can be both our just Judge and merciful justifier. In human courts there are often miscarriages of justice because all the facts are He is our Redeemer King, our Lord and Lamb. NT Wright put it this way: “What on … I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10:11, 14–15). In the most personal terms, God treated Christ on the cross as if He had lived my life, so He could treat me as if I had lived His life. 4:15). In Romans 2:16 St. Paul says: “God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” Notice carefully what this involves: 1. It’s a humbling and profound thought that God treated Jesus on the cross as if He had lived my life and punished Him for every sin I have ever committed or ever will commit, to the full satisfaction of His justice. Contextual Overview 10 My defense is of God, Who saves the upright in heart. As a righteous Judge, He had no other choice. Remember, God is not only Just. 5:21). The lord judged Annanias and … He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright He is!" "Everything He does is just and fair. 13 He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts. In his justice, God judges us because we are guilty. (On the board write, “God judges nations and shows them they won’t last forever.) Fix that problem! Many people—including some Bible scholars—wonder why Christ had to live through the humility of the incarnation for thirty-three years. The fact that we owe God everything, that means everything belongs to God, and should come out in our worship. But a just God can’t punish sin twice. But because He is merciful, He has made a way of redemption—Jesus Christ. Because of that imagery, some liberal scholars have tried to eliminate the idea of God’s anger by changing the word to expiation, which refers … Let me show you some Scripture. Category: Articles. In this lesson, you will consider two ideas that seem to contradict. But that’s exactly what our Judge has done. My question begins before the fall of man however. How just are the judgments of God! (2 Peter 3:8-9) Feb 12, 2018 Then he asks you to forgive him. God will judge countries and show that it’s just a group of people all living in the same place and the same time. That is a blasphemous, ludicrous heresy. The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God The answer is the glorious truth we know as the doctrine of imputation. International Standard Version God is a righteous judge, a God who is angry with sinners every day. All the judgment, all the torment, all the excruciating punishment was poured out on Christ as He died in our place. Religion is a sub-virtue of Justice. When God looked at the cross, He saw us; when He looks at us, He sees His Son. God did not punish His Son for our sins and then punish the unbelieving sinner for the same sins. 2:16 St. Paul says: "God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel." God treated Jesus as a sinner, though He was not, so that He could treat us as if we were righteous, though we are not. According to that notion, the price has already been paid for all humans—it’s simply up to the sinner to cash it in. I want to understand why God allowed Satan to continue after he fell. But he didn’t. As Christ Himself explained, “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep… . Every mathematical formula and every scientific law can trace its roots to the character of God. Christ died for no one in particular if He died for everyone. In Rom. If He was a sinner, He would not have had to ask why He was punished. 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. To say God is the Judge without remembering that God is Love or God is Merciful would make us think that God is mean or uncaring (God's Justice does not contradict any of His other character qualities; otherwise, God would contradict Himself.). God sent a global flood in judgment of the earth because man’s sin and rebellion had become so great that God was grieved. God a Righteous Judge. Propitiation is not a word that we use in common conversation. Through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, God is both just and merciful. Don’t make the mistake, as some do, when it comes to understanding how God made Christ to “be sin.” Many preachers in the Word of Faith movement, for example, teach that Paul is telling us that Jesus actually became a sinner on the cross. We’d certainly be horrified if human judges operated that way. Justice and righteousness are often used synonymously in the Bible. In spite of the clear standard of His law, and in spite of the overwhelming evidence of our sin and corruption, He sweeps aside our crimes, washes away our guilt, and sets us free from the due penalty of our sin. God did not punish His Son for our sins and then punish the unbelieving sinner for the same sins. A. 25–27). A. Furthermore, such a notion would mean that Jesus Christ did the same thing, in dying, for those in hell as He did for those in heaven. In the end, God is a just judge who will judge everyone. Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of the devil, to make atonement for our sin. They say His sin forced Him to go to hell for three days, and that after He had suffered sufficiently, He was released through the resurrection. The Next 500 Years: 2017 National Conference, Show Me Your Glory: Understanding the Majestic Splendor of God, La Biblia de Estudio de La Reforma, Spanish Edition, Naming Ligonier the Beneficiary of a Bank or Investment Account, Gifts That Provide Income and Tax Benefits. Human knowledge is only a discovery of the truth that already exists. You give to God what belongs to God. He wouldn’t lay the penalty for the sins of everyone on His Son only to later mete out that same punishment on those who didn’t believe. (Psalm 111:7-8) God judges all behaviour fairly. “He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed” (Isa. 11 God is a just judge, strong and patient: is he angry every day? Instead, he is a character that Jesus invents in order to develop a comparison that stresses the Lord’s willingness to hear and respond to the prayers of His people. by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam. The Ligonier Ministries site requires Javascript, but you’ve got Javascript disabled. Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just; for the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. 27:46). Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. A righteous Judge doesn’t deliver double punishment. God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day. One day a man stands before you—a vile, wicked murderer. Donate Now. God: A Just Judge . And His justice demands that every sin that has ever been committed, by every person who has ever lived, will be punished—either in the eternal torment of hell or on Christ at the cross. New King James Version (NKJV), The NKJV, American Patriot's Bible, Hardcover: The Word of God and the Shaping of America, NKJV, Open Bible, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print: Complete Reference System, NKJV, Abide Bible, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print: Holy Bible, New King James Version, NKJV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture, NKJV, Vines Expository Bible, Comfort Print: A Guided Journey Through the Scriptures with Pastor Jerry Vines, NKJV, Lucado Encouraging Word Bible, Comfort Print: Holy Bible, New King James Version. The writer of Hebrews says, “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. Paul said. 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